Hannah Waddingham Refuses to be Defined by Early Criticisms of Casting Directors and Embraces Superstar Roles on Her Own Terms

Hannah Waddingham Refuses to be Defined by Early Criticisms of Casting Directors and Embraces Superstar Roles on Her Own Terms

Hannah Waddingham has admitted she was once branded a ‘lanky freak’ by a casting director during her early career and rise to the top.

The actress, 49, first found fame in West End musicals before being catapulted to superstardom on Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso followed by a string of hit movies and even hosted Eurovision in Liverpool last year. 

Speaking on The Sunday Sitdown With Willie Geist she revealed how she is now offered roles by those who turned her down, but keeps a ‘little list’ to make sure she remembers their names and to tell them to ‘bog off’. 

She also recalled how one drama teacher said: ‘”Oh, Hannah will never work on screen because she looks like one side of her face has had a stroke”‘. 

The actress told the host: ‘Yes, there is a little list of people who wouldn’t give me the time of day but now want to work together,’

Hannah Waddingham Refuses to be Defined by Early Criticisms of Casting Directors and Embraces Superstar Roles on Her Own Terms

Hannah Waddingham, 49, has admitted she was once branded a ‘lanky freak’ by a casting director during her early career and rise to the top

The actress first found fame in West End musicals before being catapulted to superstardom on Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso (pictured with musical co-stars (L-R) Charles Azavour and Sevan Stephan in 2000)

The actress first found fame in West End musicals before being catapulted to superstardom on Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso (pictured with musical co-stars (L-R) Charles Azavour and Sevan Stephan in 2000) 

‘And I am happy to say to them “Please look somewhere else, I’m human, I remember, bog off”‘.

It comes after Hannah left viewers during the BAFTA TV Awards in hysterics with another meme-worthy moment, after missing out on the Entertainment prize earlier this month. 

The Ted Lasso star had been nominated for her festive Apple TV+ special Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas, but lost out to BBC favourite Strictly Come Dancing.

Following the loss, cameras caught Hannah drinking from a hip flask attached to her bracelet, sparking a flurry of reaction from fans watching the ceremony unfold.

Tweets included: ‘Hannah Waddingham drinking a shot out of a bracelet whilst Joe Lycett is dressed as Queen Elizabeth I in the background. ICONIC;’

‘Not Hannah with the hip flask bracelet QUEEEN!!!’ 

‘OBSESSED; HANNAH WADDINGHAM YOU DID NOT JUST DO THAT.’

Luckily the night ended on a happier note for Hannah, as she took to the stage to accept the prize for Live Event Coverage, for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

Speaking on The Sunday Sitdown With Willie Geist she revealed how she is now offered roles by those who turned her down, but keeps a 'little list' to make sure she remembers their names and to tell them to 'bog off'

Speaking on The Sunday Sitdown With Willie Geist she revealed how she is now offered roles by those who turned her down, but keeps a ‘little list’ to make sure she remembers their names and to tell them to ‘bog off’

She also recalled how one drama teacher said: '"Oh, Hannah will never work on screen because she looks like one side of her face has had a stroke"' (Hannah pictured on stage in 2000)

She also recalled how one drama teacher said: ‘”Oh, Hannah will never work on screen because she looks like one side of her face has had a stroke”‘ (Hannah pictured on stage in 2000)

Hannah told the host: 'Yes, there is a little list of people who wouldn't give me the time of day but now want to work together, 'And I am happy to say to them "Please look somewhere else, I'm human, I remember, bog off"'

Hannah told the host: ‘Yes, there is a little list of people who wouldn’t give me the time of day but now want to work together, ‘And I am happy to say to them “Please look somewhere else, I’m human, I remember, bog off”‘

Hannah was praised by fans when she co-hosted the event in Liverpool last year, along with Alesha Dixon, Graham Norton and Ukranian star Julia Sanina, who was also in attendance for the ceremony.

She said: ‘The week we had this time last year was, I know for everybody here, the most exceptional, stressful week but so fabulous.’

During the BAFTAs afterparty  Hannah reportedly hid all night in the darkest corner of the room and did not leave her seat, while a number of A-listers – including Dame Harriet Walter – picked their way through the tables to pay her a visit.

The women became close in 2020 after Dame Harriet, 73, starred alongside Waddingham in the hit HBO series Ted Lasso.

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