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Hannah Waddingham claims she was groped ‘three times in a week’ while filming Benidorm

‘They were gawping at me’: Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham claims she was ‘groped three times in a week’ while filming comedy series Benidorm

Hannah Waddingham has claimed she was groped three times in a week while shooting comedy series Benidorm. 

The actress, 46, rose to fame in the UK playing the role of Tonya Dyke in the hit ITV series but she explained not everything about being the character was a success. 

Speaking to The Mirror, she said: ‘I’d never been groped in my life, but I was groped three times in one week in Benidorm.

Shocking: Hannah Waddingham has claimed she was groped three times in a week while shooting comedy series Benidorm

‘To get on set, I had to walk through the hotel dressed as Tonya in some non-existent bikini and high heels with blokes gawping at me… or rather groping me.

‘I had to stop myself doing what I’d instinctively do – knock their blocks off – because I was working.

While she had her struggles while on set, her performance saw her jump from one success to another – including landing a role in Game of Thrones.  

In the hit series she played Septa Unella, a devout follower of the High Sparrow, and featured in the infamous scene which sees Cersei perform the walk of atonement. 

Unacceptable: The actress rose to fame in the UK playing the role of Tonya Dyke in the hit ITV series, and has since gone onto become a huge Hollywood star

Unacceptable: The actress rose to fame in the UK playing the role of Tonya Dyke in the hit ITV series, and has since gone onto become a huge Hollywood star

She also featured in Netflix’s hit series Sex Education, playing the role of Sofia Marchetti, one of Jackson’s mothers. 

Hannah has also enjoyed recent success in the US as the second series of AppleTV+’s Ted Lasso gained a number of Emmy Award nominations. 

Hannah plays Rebecca Walden, Ted Lasso’s (played by Jason Sudekis) boss.

The stunning actress originally started out in musical theatre landing parts in shows including Kiss Me Kate and Spamalot.

Success: Hannah has also enjoyed recent success in the US as the second series of AppleTV+'s Ted Lasso gained a number of Emmy Award nominations (pictured)

Success: Hannah has also enjoyed recent success in the US as the second series of AppleTV+’s Ted Lasso gained a number of Emmy Award nominations (pictured)

Woman of many talents: The stunning actress originally started out in musical theatre landing parts in shows including Kiss Me Kate and Spamalot. Pictured in Lady of the Lake

Woman of many talents: The stunning actress originally started out in musical theatre landing parts in shows including Kiss Me Kate and Spamalot. Pictured in Lady of the Lake

Her background certainly came in useful when she performed memorable rendition of Let It Go at the AFC Richmond karaoke party.

Ahead of her Ted Lasso role, Hannah appeared in several hit West End productions and remained close to London so that she can always be close to her six-year-old daughter, whose name she has not publicly revealed.

In the first series of Ted Lasso, Hannah’s Rebecca- who gets club AFC Richmond in a divorce deal- is humiliated on a regular basis by her verbally abusive former husband Rupert, who enjoys parading his youthful girlfriend, also called Rebecca, in front of her and the tabloids.

Speaking to The Mirror, she said: 'I’d never been groped in my life, but I was groped three times in one week in Benidorm.' Pictured: The cast of Benidorm

Speaking to The Mirror, she said: ‘I’d never been groped in my life, but I was groped three times in one week in Benidorm.’ Pictured: The cast of Benidorm

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