The Year of Hannah Waddingham on TV: ‘Nobody expected Ted Lasso to penetrate people’s hearts as much as it does now’ | Television & radio

Inspired by her opera singer motherHannah Waddingham, 47started her acting career in the West End and beyond Broadway, and has been nominated for three Olivier awards. She has appeared in Game of Thrones and Sex educationand since 2020 has had a leading role in the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso if Rebecca Welton

We saw you on TV in 2021 in Ted Lasso, for which you won an Emmy – congratulations!
Thanks – it’s not something I ever thought I would achieve. No one expected the show to penetrate people’s hearts as much as it does now, but it was magical. I never hide from the fact that I’m in my mid forties and six feet tall, and parts where you can be vulnerable and stupid and heartbreaking are rare… I don’t know if a role like this will ever come again past me.

Hannah Waddingham in Ted Lasso. Photo: for SAG Awards/REX/Shutterstock

What would you do if you didn’t do your job?
I would probably become an interpreter. I’ve been plagued by wonderful Italians all my life and I speak the language because of my other half.

Have you ever been mistaken for someone else?
I’ve had Emma Thompson in the past, but I think that’s probably our personality type more than anything. We’re both a bit stupid.

What makes you happy?
My little girl. I waited a long time for her. I was doing theater work and I felt like I was going to miss the boat. By the time I got there, my fertility was questionable. I’ve always wanted a little girl, and she’s everything I dreamed of. I mean, sometimes a naughty wiener, but she’s seven.

The TV show you can’t wait to come back to?
Succession. I sometimes struggle to watch TV as an actor because you technically look at it and see what’s right and what’s wrong. But with that show I can just enjoy them because they are all so brilliant.

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What do you eat in front of the TV?
I’m a huge crisp-aholic – old-school, supermarket own-brand products that will take the roof off your mouth. I really have to limit myself.

Who is the most famous person in your phone contacts?
Sharon Stone. She’s an epic human being – like the most ridiculously beautiful, sexy older sister you could ever want. What’s nice about all “famous people” as I call them is that I feel like if you’re a down-to-earth person, those who are attracted to you are too.

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