Hannah Waddingham

Hannah Waddingham
Hannah Waddingham 2010.jpg
Born (1974-07-28) 28 July 1974 (age 47)
London, England
EducationAcademy of Live and Recorded Arts
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2000-present

Hannah Waddingham (born 28 July 1974) is an English actress and singer, known for her contribution to West End musical theatre, particularly her performances in the original London production of Spamalot, the 2010 Regent's Park revival of Into the Woods, and The Wizard of Oz (as the Wicked Witch of the West). She has received three Olivier Award nominations for her work. In 2015 she joined the cast of the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones as Septa Unella,[1] as well as appearing in the 2012 feature film adaptation of Les Misérables and 2018 British psychological thriller Winter Ridge in a primary role.[2]

In 2020 Waddingham began starring in the Apple TV+ comedy series Ted Lasso. For this performance, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2021.[3]

Life and career

Waddingham was born in Wandsworth in London, and credits her mother's family with her introduction to performing — her mother, Melodie Kelly, was an opera singer, as were both her maternal grandparents. A graduate of the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Waddingham has had a successful career in the London theatre, including her performance as Starbird in Space Family Robinson (Julian & Stephen Butler, 2002);[4] and Suzanne Valadon in Lautrec.[5]

Waddingham portrayed the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot both in the London production and then on Broadway. She received an Olivier Award nomination for the role. She received outstanding reviews for her portrayal of Desirée Armfeldt in Trevor Nunn's revival of A Little Night Music, including being described by one critic as the "Joanna Lumley of musical theatre".[6] Waddingham subsequently received a further Olivier Award nomination in 2010 for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Night Music.[7]

In mid-2010, Waddingham played the Witch in the production of Into the Woods at London's Open Air Theatre.[8][9]

She originated the role of The Wicked Witch of the West in the West End production of The Wizard of Oz, which opened on 1 March 2011 at the London Palladium.[10] She left the production on 4 September 2011.[11] Waddingham won the whatsonstage.com Theatergoers Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance.[12]

In 2012, Waddingham starred in Chichester Festival Theatre's revival of Kiss Me, Kate.[13] The show transferred to the Old Vic Theatre on London's South Bank in November 2012.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Elizabeth Maddox
2012 Les Misérables Factory Worker
2018 Winter Ridge Joanne Hill
2019 The Hustle Pub girl #1 (Shiraz)


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Coupling Jenny Turbot
2003, 2006 My Hero Lula / Miranda / Thermowoman
2005 William and Mary Penelope
Footballers' Wives Jools
Hollyoaks: Let Loose Mrs. Robertson
2006 The Only Boy for Me Melissa Television film
2008 Doctors Dixie Deadman
2009 M.I. High Alannah Sucrose 1 episode
2010 Marple Lola Brewster 1 episode
2010–2011 My Family Katie 3 episodes
2011 Agatha Christie's Marple Lola Brewster 1 episode
Not Going Out Jane 1 episode
2012 Bad Education Loretta 1 episode
2014 Benidorm Tonya Dyke Main role, 7 episodes (Season 6)
2015 Partners in Crime Blonde Assassin 3 episodes; miniseries
2015–2016 Game of Thrones Septa Unella 8 episodes
2016 The Entire Universe Herself
Josh Phillipa
2017 12 Monkeys Magdalena
2018–2019 Krypton Jax-Ur / Sela-Sonn Recurring (season 1); starring (season 2)
2019–present Sex Education Sofía Marchetti Supporting role (11 episodes)
2020–present Ted Lasso Rebecca Welton Main role
2021 Midsomer Murders Mimi Dagmar 1 episode (Season 22)


Year Title Role Notes
2000-01 The Beautiful Game Christine Cambridge Theatre, West End
Spamalot Lady of the Lake Palace Theatre, West End
Shubert Theatre, Broadway
2009 A Little Night Music Desirée Armfeldt Garrick Theatre, West End
2010 Into the Woods The Witch Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London
2011 The Wizard of Oz Miss Gulch / Wicked Witch London Palladium, West End
2012 Kiss Me, Kate Lilli Vanessi / Katharina Minola The Old Vic, West End


Billed simply as Hannah, Waddingham placed "Our Kind of Love" in the UK Singles Chart in October 2000, where it peaked at No. 41.[15]

She later sang the role of Starbird on the soundtrack recording of Space Family Robinson, released by Pop! Records in May 2002 to coincide with the stage production (also featuring Waddingham as Starbird) which ran for three weeks at London's Pleasance Theatre in May 2002.[16]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2007 Laurence Olivier Awards Best Actress in a Musical Spamalot Nominated [17]
2010 A Little Night Music Nominated [18]
2013 Kiss Me, Kate Nominated [19]
2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Ted Lasso Nominated [20]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won [21]
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy Won [22]
International Online Cinema Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won [23]
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated [24]


  1. ^ "British actress cast as Septa Unella". Watchers on the Wall. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  2. ^ Lenoir, Dom (28 September 2018), Winter Ridge, Matt Hookings, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Hannah Waddingham, retrieved 18 June 2018
  3. ^ Schneider, Michael (18 January 2021). "'Ozark,' 'The Crown' and Netflix Lead 26th Annual Critics' Choice Awards TV Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Space Family Robinson". London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  5. ^ "HANNAH WADDINGHAM in into The Woods". Silversea Media. pp. westendtheatre.com. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  6. ^ Bassett, Kate (7 December 2008). "A Little Night Music, Menier Chocolate Factory, London". The Independent. London. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Olivier awards nominations". The Guardian. London. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Into the Woods wins Best Musical Revival". Olivier Awards. Archived 12 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Raven, Paul (11 February 2011). "Second Chance To See Into The Woods". Westendtheatre.com.
  10. ^ "Hannah Waddingham, Paul Keating and More Cast in London Palladium's New Wizard of Oz". Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Marianne Benedict taking over from Hannah Waddingham in Wizard of Oz". Blog.musicaltheatrenews.com. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Full List: 2012 Whatsonstage.com Award winners". Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  13. ^ Dominic Cavendish (28 June 2012). "Kiss Me Kate, Chichester Festival Theatre, review". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 242. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  16. ^ "Space Family Robinson". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  17. ^ "Olivier Winners 2007". Olivier Awards. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  18. ^ "Olivier Awards Winners 2010 -Official London Theatre". Olivier Awards. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  19. ^ "Olivier Winners 2013". Olivier Awards. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  20. ^ "SAG Awards: 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' 'Minari' Top Film Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. 4 February 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  21. ^ Davis, Clayton (7 March 2021). "Critics Choice Awards 2021 Full Winners: Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' Continues Its Reign on Awards Season". Variety. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  22. ^ "HCA TV Awards Nominations: 'Ted Lasso' Leads Programs For Inaugural Honors; NBC, HBO & Netflix Lead Nets". Deadline Hollywod. Penske Media Corporation. 9 July 2021. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  23. ^ Hipes, Patrick (13 July 2021). "Emmy Nominations: 'The Crown', 'The Mandalorian' Top List; HBO/HBO Max Edges Netflix For Top Spot – Full List Of Nominees". Deadline. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  24. ^ Cordero, Rosy (15 July 2021). "'Ted Lasso,' 'WandaVision,' & 'I May Destroy You' Lead 2021 TCA Award Nominations". Deadline. Retrieved 17 July 2021.

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