Hannah Waddingham has an extensive career on the stage whether it be the West End or Broadway. However, for many TV fanatics, her name only started resonating and becoming more popular the moment she joined the cast of Ted Lasso as Rebecca Welton. However, there was a before and there is an after to Waddingham’s Ted Lasso era where she earned several awards for her role

Both before and after the success of Ted Lasso, Waddingham has graced the small and big screen with her presence, creating characters that were memorable no matter how long they appeared on screen. Here are six of her projects you should look into.

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Tom Jones

Hannah Waddingham on 'Tome Jones' wearing a tall blonde wig.

Tom Jones premiered in 2023 on Amazon Prime. The series, which consisted of four episodes, is a retelling of The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling. The idea of the series is that it follows a young man and his love for an heiress.

Hannah Waddingham is on three episodes of the show (two, three, and four) and portrays Lady Bellaston. She is Sophia’s aunt who is considered a trickster. She is among the family members who wants to forbid the love between Sophia and Tom. However, she also tries to get Tom’s attention herself.

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Hocus Pocus 2

Hannah Waddingham on 'Hocus Pocus 2' smiling.

When the news of Hocus Pocus 2 broke, fans were extremely excited to see the Sanderson sisters back on their screen. This time around, it is two teenage girls who bring them back to life and have to stop them before they wreak havoc once more.

The big highlight of the movie is that it goes back and tells the story of how the Sanderson sisters came to be these powerful witches. It is then that we meet Mother Witch and Waddingham appears on the scene. Even though she is only in the movie for one scene, it was so memorable that it left fans wanting more — maybe even a movie of her own.

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Sex Education

Hannah Waddingham on 'Sex Education' sitting in a bedroom.

Sex Education is a Netflix show that premiered in 2019 and its fourth season will premiere later this year. Otis may not know much about sex or be experienced enough as a teenager, but he is getting a first-hand course by living with a sex therapist: his mother Jean.

Many of the viewers began the show because of Gillian Anderson, but a lot of them immediately fell in love with Waddingham who portrays Sofia Marchetti. She is one of Jackson’s mothers and has been on the show for all three seasons.

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Midsomer Murders

Hannah Waddingham on 'Midsomer Murders' smiling and holding a bouquet of flowers.

Midsomer Murder is a TV series that has been on the air since 1997 and aired its 23rd season on December 2022. The show follows a chief inspector and his sergeant as they investigate different murders that took place in the community of Midsomer County.

Waddingham joined the show for one episode in 2021 as Mimi Dagmar. She was on for season 22, episode 2, “The Stitcher Society,” and worked alongside Ted Lasso cast member Annette Badland.

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Game of Thrones

Hannah Waddingham on 'Game of Thrones' wearing a gray nun outfit.

What surprises people the most when they look into Waddingham’s career is that she was the shame bell nun, Septa Unella, on Game of Thrones. Her character appeared in three episodes during Season 5 and five episodes during Season 6. However, most people take long to put two and two together because they believe Waddingham looks completely different on the show.

There were times in the series when the TV show went beyond what was told in the books. During Waddingham’s last episode on the show, it was implied that her character was assaulted and murdered.

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Benidorm

Hannah Waddingham on 'Benidorm' sitting on a lounge chair in her bikini with a cigarette and sunglasses in her hands.

Benidorm is a 10-season TV show that premiered in 2007 in the UK. The show is set in a Spanish seaside resort with the same name as the series. Every episode follows a group of British people who spend their holidays, and their money, on the Mediterranean coast.

Waddingham joined the cast in 2014 for seven episodes during Season 6 as Tonya Dyke. She is a wife and mother of two who is recognized for annoying her husband and talking to her children as if they were toddlers. 

This article was originally published on July 6, 2023.

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