Who is Hannah Waddingham?
Hannah is a British Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress, best known to the world as Septa Unella in the TV series “Game of Thrones” (2015-2016) and as Rebecca Welton in the TV series “Ted Lasso” (2020-2023), among several other roles she’s secured in her career.
Hannah Waddingham Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Hannah Waddingham was born on 28 July 1974, in London, England, to parents who were both actors. Her mother, Melodie Kelly, was also a singer, while her father, Michael Waddingham, was a well-known voice actor. Her parents’ involvement in the entertainment industry had a profound impact on Waddingham, as it inspired her to pursue a career in the profession.
Her parents encouraged her interests in the performing arts, and Waddingham began taking dance and music lessons at a young age.
Waddingham’s formal education in theatre began at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London, where she studied musical theatre, training at the school for several years, honing her skills in singing, acting, and dancing.
Her career began in the early 2000s, when she made her debut as Christine in the play “The Beautiful Game” (2000-2001) performed at the Cambridge Theatre. Her breakthrough was her role as the Lady of the Lake in the musical “Spamalot”, a significant role for Waddingham, as the character was a comedic one, and required her to showcase her singing and acting skills. Hannah received critical acclaim for her performance, praised for her vocal range and comic timing.
Her work in “Spamalot” also earned her several awards. She won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a What’s On Stage Award and a Drama Desk Award.
Her success opened doors for her, and she went on to star in several other theatre productions. Some of her most notable appearances include those in such plays and musicals as “A Little Night Music” (2009), “Into the Woods” (2010), and “Kiss Me, Kate” in 2012.
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Desirée Armfeldt, “A Little Night Music”
Lilli Vanessi/Katharina Minola, “Kiss Me, Kate”
The Witch, “Into the Woods”
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Hannah Waddingham made her on-screen debut in an episode of the TV series “Coupling” (2002), and went on to appear in a number of British television shows and films, including “My Hero” (2003-2006) and “Footballers’ Wives” (2005), working with actors such as Chris O’Dowd and Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Her first major role was as Elizabeth Maddox in the biopic comedy-drama film “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People” in 2008, starring Simon Pegg, Megan Fox and Kirsten Dunst. In 2010 and 2011, she appeared in three episodes of the TV series “My Family”, while in 2011, she was the Witch in the musical comedy “Into the Woods”.
Rise to Stardom
Waddingham’s breakout role came in 2015 when she landed a part in the HBO series “Game of Thrones”, playingd the character of Septa Unella, a member of the Sparrows religious order, in the show’s fifth season. During her time on the show, she worked alongside actors such as Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, appearing in the show for several episodes and becoming known for her memorable catchphrase, “Shame!”.
Following her success on “Game of Thrones”, Hannah went on to appear in a number of successful projects. In 2017, she appeared in the fourth season of the science fiction television series “12 Monkeys”, playing the role of Magdalena in the episode “Ouroboros”, which follows the story of James Cole (played by Aaron Stanford), who travels back in time to stop a deadly plague from wiping out humanity. Waddingham’s character is part of a group that is trying to stop Cole from changing history.
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From 2018 to 2019, Waddingham starred in the science fiction television series “Krypton”. She played the characters Jax-Ur and Sela-Sonn, appearing as a recurring character in the first season before taking on a starring role in the second season. The show is set on Superman’s home planet, Krypton, and explores the lives of the planet’s inhabitants before its eventual destruction. Waddingham’s characters are members of the Kryptonian military, and play significant roles in the show’s plot.
In 2019, Waddingham appeared in the first season of the Netflix series “Sex Education”, in the role of Sofía Marchetti, the mother of the character Elsie. Her character is a successful businesswoman, struggling to maintain her marriage while dealing with her daughter’s problems. She’s continued to appear as a recurring character in subsequent seasons of the show.
Waddingham’s most recent project is the Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso”, which premiered in 2020. She plays the role of Rebecca Welton, the owner of an English football club who hires an American football coach to manage her team. The show has been praised for its humor and heart, and Waddingham’s performance has been singled out as a standout among the cast.
In 2021, Waddingham appeared in an episode of the long-running British crime drama series “Midsomer Murders”, playingd the role of Mimi Dagmar in the episode “The Wolf Hunter of Little Worthy”. The episode follows the investigation of a series of murders in a small village, with Waddingham’s character being among the suspects.
Waddingham also appeared in an episode of the Disney+ series “Willow” in 2022. She played the character Hubert in the episode “Lock and Key”, which sees the return of Warwick Davis as the titular character from the 1988 film of the same name.
According to authoritative sources, Hannah Waddingham’s net worth is estimated at $4 million, as of early 2023.
Personal Life, Dating, Married, Husband, Children
She isn’t married, but has a daughter, born in 2014 from a relationship with her now ex-partner Gianluc Cugnetto, a food and drinks industry adviser. The two were together for over a decade, but split up shortly after the birth of their daughter.
Hannah’s daughter has an autoimmune disease, Henoch–Schönlein purpura, which is a blood-vessel inflammation.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Hannah Waddingham has blonde hair and green eyes. She stands at a height of 5 ft 10ins (1.8m), weighs approximately 140lbs (64kgs), with vital statistics of 36-25-36, and bra size 32D.