From Ted Lasso to Game of Thrones: An In-depth Guide to Hannah Waddingham

Everything you need to know about the Eurovision host.
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It seems as if in recent years, anywhere you look Hannah Waddingham pops up. 

The English actress burst onto our screens as Rebecca Welton on Ted Lasso in 2020, before appearing in Sex Education, Hocus Pocus 2 and Willow

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Whilst she may be known for her role in Ted Lasso, it was far from her first major role, the 48-year-old actress has a long history under her belt with roles in Game of Thrones, Les Misérables and The Hustle.

Now, as Hannah joins Alesha Dixon, Graham Norton and Kilia Saina as co-hosts of Eurovision 2023, we’re rounding up everything you need to know about the actress! 

Hannah Waddingham in Ted Lasso
Hannah Waddingham in Ted Lasso. (Credit: AppleTV)

What is Hannah Waddingham famous for?

Hannah Waddingham is best known for playing Rebecca Welton in Ted Lasso since 2020, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Hannah was also in the 2012 film adaption of Les Miserables and joined the cast of the fifth season of Game of Thrones as Septa Unella. 

She’s also appeared in a number of West End shows including Spamalot, Into the Woods and The Wizard of Oz. 

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Hannah Waddingham in Game of Thrones
Hannah Waddingham in Game of Thrones. (Credit: HBO)

What nationality is Hannah Waddingham? 

Hannah Waddingham is British, she was born in Wandsworth, London. 

Hannah Waddingham and her daughter
Hannah and her daughter Kitty, who was born in 2016. (Credit: Instagram)

Is Hannah Waddingham in a relationship?

Hannah Waddingham was in a long-term relationship with hotel manager, Gianluca Cugnetto. The pair were together for over a decade and share a daughter, Kitty, who was born in 2016. 

The pair, who never married, separated, however, they have kept the details of their relationship private. 

Before Hannah landed the role of Rebecca in Ted Lasso, she made public her daughter’s diagnosis of Henoch–Schönlein Purpura, an autoimmune disease. The Daily Mail reported that Hannah asked the universe for a role that would allow her to work and still remain near her child and shortly after she began working on the Britsh-produced show, Ted Lasso. 

How tall is Rebecca in Ted Lasso?

Hannah Waddigham is 1.80 meters, which is 5 feet 11 inches. 

Hannah Waddingham singing
Hannah can sing! (Credit: Getty)

Can Hannah Waddingham sing?

Fans were blown away by Hannah’s memorable karaoke rendition of Let it Go in season one of Ted Lasso and it’s no surprise the actress began a musical theatre before moving to the silver screen. 

Her mother, Melodie Kelly is an opera singer, as well as both her maternal grandparents! Hanna claims that she has never had formal singing lessons, learning to sing instead by watching he mother perform at the Royal Coliseum. 

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