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Hannah Waddingham talks about the ‘Greatest Achievement’ of her life




Actress Hannah Waddingham won several accolades for her TV performances and was recently acknowledged as the greatest host in the history of Eurovision after recently co-hosting the competition with Graham Norton. Fans of the television series Game of Thrones are familiar with her as the notorious “shame” nun who escorted Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) on her “Walk of Shame.” However, for the Ted Lasso star, her greatest achievement is something else.

Hannah Waddingham’s greatest achievement is dedicated to her family

The Emmy-winning actress recently talked to She Knows about the greatest achievement of her life, which was singing “O Holy Night” to her 8-year-old daughter Kitty and her mom, Melodie Kelly, in the upcoming Christmas special, Home for Christmas. She said,

“The fact that my daughter was 8 when we shot this and was sitting in the [theater] box where I sat from the age of 8 is kind of weird. She was 8 sitting there and observing with her little spirit and her little heart seeing her mommy standing there when I had sat there and seen my mommy.”

“To have them both there and to have my daughter,” Waddingham stated, “If I never did anything again, this special would be my greatest achievement.”

Hannah Waddingham worked hard to balance work and motherhood

Waddingham also talked about bringing balance to her work and parenthood, “I wanted the privilege of motherhood to work in tandem with my career, rather than me thinking, ‘God, you’re stopping me doing things…’ Because the greatest gift in the world is a child and they are complete, beautiful, green innocents,” she said.

“Being a single mother in your forties is not easy! I’m not going to lie, it’s quite exhausting. One of the greatest acting jobs in my life is pretending I have energy for my daughter! Honestly, when she says to me, ‘Oh, let’s do this or let’s do that, Mumma,’ my whole body goes, ‘Oh my God, really?’”

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“But I’m learning to feel pride in my work and that can only be a positive thing to teach my daughter — just as I saw my mother working, my daughter now sees me, and so it continues,” she said.

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