Hannah Waddingham

Hannah Waddingham (born 16 November 1974) is an English actress and singer, best 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 most recently, The Wizard of Oz (as the Wicked Witch of the West). She has received three Olivier Award nominations for her work. She has also had a successful film and television career. 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 Miserables and 2018 British psychological thriller Winter Ridge in a primary role.[2]

Hannah Waddingham
Hannah Waddingham 2010.jpg
Waddingham in 2010
Born (1974-11-16) 16 November 1974 (age 45)
OccupationActress, singer
Partner(s)Gianluca Cugnetto


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);[3] Suzanne Valadon in Lautrec.[4]

However, it is for her portrayal of the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (in the London production and then on Broadway), that she is best known; she received an Olivier Award nomination for her efforts. She received outstanding reviews for her portrayal of Desirée Armfeldt in Trevor Nunn's acclaimed revival of A Little Night Music, including being described by one critic as the "Joanna Lumley of musical theatre".[5] Waddingham subsequently received a further Olivier Award nomination in 2010 for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Night Music.[6]

In mid-2010, Waddingham played the Witch in the critically acclaimed production of Into the Woods at London's Open Air Theatre.[7][8]

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.[9] She left the production on 4 September 2011.[10] Waddingham won the whatsonstage.com Theatergoers Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance.[11]

In 2012, Waddingham starred in Chichester Festival Theatre's 2012 revival of Kiss Me, Kate.[12] The show transferred to the Old Vic Theatre on London's South Bank in November 2012.[13]

Screen creditsEdit


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


2010–2011 My Family Katie 3 episodes
2011 Agatha Christie's Marple Lola Brewster 1 episode
Not Going Out Jane "Movie" episode
2012 Bad Education Loretta 1 episode
2014 Benidorm Tonya Dyke
2015 Partners in Crime Blonde Assassin 3 episodes; TV Mini series
2015–2016 Game of Thrones Septa Unella
2016 The Entire Universe Herself
Josh Phillipa
2017 12 Monkeys Magdalena
2018 Krypton Jax-Ur
2019– Sex Education Sofía Marchetti


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)


Billed simply as Hannah, she placed "Our Kind of Love" in the UK Singles Chart in October 2000, where it peaked at No. 41.[14]

She later sang the role of Starbird on the soundtrack recording of Space Family Robinson, written by Julian and Stephen Butler and released by Pop! Records in May 2002 to coincide with the stage production (also featuring Hannah as Starbird) which ran for three weeks at London's Pleasance Theatre in May 2002.[15]


  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. ^ https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/reviews/space-family-robinson
  4. ^ "HANNAH WADDINGHAM in into The Woods". Silversea Media. pp. westendtheatre.com. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  5. ^ Bassett, Kate (7 December 2008). "A Little Night Music, Menier Chocolate Factory, London". The Independent. London. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Olivier awards nominations". The Guardian. London. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Into the Woods wins Best Musical Revival". Olivier Awards. Archived 12 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Raven, Paul (11 February 2011). "Second Chance To See Into The Woods". westendtheatre.com.
  9. ^ Hannah Waddingham, Paul Keating and More Cast in London Palladium's New Wizard of Oz Archived 27 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Marianne Benedict taking over from Hannah Waddingham in Wizard of Oz"
  11. ^ "Full List: 2012 Whatsonstage.com Award winners". Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  12. ^ Dominic Cavendish (28 June 2012). "Kiss Me Kate, Chichester Festival Theatre, review". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 242. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  15. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/CDs-Vinyl/Space-Family-Robinson-Original-Soundtrak-Recordings-SIT-COM/B001CFS9QO

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