In Game of Thrones, she famously walked behind Cersei Lannister ringing a bell and chanting “shame” during the disgraced queen’s long march through King’s Landing.
And now Emmy Award winning actress Hannah Waddingham is sending the Internet into meltdown as people rush to learn more about Ted Lasso, the Apple TV series that has helped expand her fan base in recent years.
Google search data shows that online searches for the series were up by 518% in the United Kingdom on 22 February — the day the BBC announced that Hannah would co-host both the semi-finals and the grand final in Liverpool.
@wiwibloggs_official This is Hannah Waddingham. #eurovision #tedlasso #eurovision2023 #fyp @William Lee Adams ♬ Ted Lasso Theme – Marcus Mumford & Tom Howe
Hannah is an actress, singer, and musical theatre performer from London. The 48-year-old is best known for her role as Septa Unella in Game of Thrones and as Rebecca Welton in Ted Lasso. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the latter role in 2021.
A spokesman with Japanese gambling and gaming site 6takarakuji explained the boost this way: “The Emmy-award-winning actress’s presence as a co-host will draw in more interest as they look forward to seeing the Ted Lasso boss ‘Rebecca Welton’ in a different light.”
As we told you yesterday, Hannah will be joined in the semi-finals by singer and TV personality Alesha Dixon and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina of The Hardkiss. Graham Norton — the face of Eurovision in the United Kingdom — will join them for the grand final.
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