Inspired by her opera singer motherHanna Waddingham, 47started her acting career in the West End and on Broadway, and was nominated for Three Olivier rewards. She appeared in The iron Throne and Sex educationand since 2020 has played a leading role in AppleTV+ series Ted Lasso as Rebecca Welton.
We saw you on TV in 2021 in Ted Lasso, for which you won an Emmy – congratulations!
Thanks – not something I ever thought I would do. No one expected the show to seep into people’s hearts as much as it did, but it was magical. I never hide from the fact that I’m in my 40s and 6-foot-2 in heels, and the parts where you can be vulnerable and stupid and heartbreaking are rare…I don’t know if a role like this will be never come back for me.
What would you do if you weren’t doing your job?
I would probably be an interpreter. I’ve been plagued by fabulous 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 more our personality type than anything. We’re both kinda dumb.
What makes you happy?
My little girl. I waited a long time for it. I was busy doing theater and felt like I was about to miss the boat. At the time I started doing things, my fertility was questionable. I’ve always wanted a little girl, and she’s everything I dreamed of. I mean, a naughty little sausage sometimes, but she’s seven years old.
The TV series you can’t wait to come back to?
Succession. I sometimes have a hard time watching TV as an actor because you technically watch it and notice what’s good and what’s bad. But with this show, I can just enjoy them because they’re all so brilliant.
What do you eat in front of the TV?
I’m a big crunch junkie – old fashioned supermarket brands that take the roof off you. I really have to limit myself.
Who is the most famous person in your telephone contacts?
Sharon Stone. She’s an epic human being – like the most ridiculously beautiful, sexiest older sister you wish you had. The nice thing about all the “famous”, as I call them, is that I feel like if you’re a fairly down-to-earth person, so are those around you.