Hannah Waddingham

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Hannah Waddingham
Born 1974 (age 39–40)
London, England
Occupation Actress, singer

Hannah Waddingham (born 1974) is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her contribution to West End musical theatre, particularly her performances in the original London production of Spamalot, A Little Night Music, 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 will join the cast of the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones as Septa Unella.[1]


Waddingham has had a successful career in the London theatre, including her portrayal of Suzanne Valadon in Lautrec.[2]

However, it is for her portrayal of the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (a role she originated in London) for which she is best known, and for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for her efforts. She also sparked controversy when she made comments about the lack of wins for the show at that year's ceremony.[3]

She received enthusiastic 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".[4] Waddingham subsequently received a further Olivier Award nomination in 2010 for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Night Music.[5]

In the summer of 2010, Waddingham played the Witch in the critically acclaimed production of Into the Woods at London's Open Air Theatre.[6][7]

She originated the role of The Wicked Witch of the West in the West End production of The Wizard of Oz, which opened on March 1, 2011 at the London Palladium.[8] She left the production on September 4, 2011 and was replaced by her understudy, Marianne Benedict.[9] Waddingham won the whatsonstage.com Theatergoers Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance.[10]

In 2012, Waddingham starred in Chichester Festival Theatre's 2012 revival of Kiss Me, Kate.[11] The show transferred to the Old Vic Theatre on London's South Bank in November 2012.[12]


Waddingham's screen credits include:


Billed simply as Hannah, she placed "Our Kind of Love" in the UK Singles Chart in October 2000, where it peaked at #41.[13]


  1. ^ "British actress cast as Septa Unella". Watchers On The Wall. October 9, 2014. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "HANNAH WADDINGHAM in Into The Woods". Silversea Media. pp. westendtheatre.com. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Spamalot actress attacks Olivier awards snub". Theatre News. 19 February 2007. 
  4. ^ Bassett, Kate (2008-12-07). "A Little Night Music, Menier Chocolate Factory, London". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Olivier awards nominations". The Guardian (London). 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  6. ^ Into the Woods wins Best Musical Revival
  7. ^ Second chance to see Into The Woods
  8. ^ Hannah Waddingham, Paul Keating and More Cast in London Palladium's New Wizard of Oz
  9. ^ Marianne Benedict taking over from Hannah Waddingham in Wizard of Oz
  10. ^ Full List: 2012 Whatsonstage.com Award winners
  11. ^ Dominic Cavendish (28 June 2012). "Kiss Me Kate, Chichester Festival Theatre, review". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
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  13. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 242. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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