Sorry to ruin your day, but Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham is the same actress who played the Shame Nun in Game of Thrones. I think my brain just melted.
Ted Lasso surprised the world last year by being good. Like, really fucking good. Funny, heart warming and guaranteed to round house kick your heart, it was one of the few positive things 2020 bequeathed us.
The women of the show are particularly bad arse, with Waddingham at the top of that list. Playing the show’s not-quite-antagonist, Rebecca, the audience is treated to a delightful and complex character arc.
So imagine our surprise when it turns out she’s also the Shame Nun. If you need a little reminder, she walks a naked Cersei Lannister through the streets of King Landing while declaring ‘shame’ and ringing her infamous bell.
This was brought to social media’s collective consciousness by Jessica Ellis on Twitter.
“We need to talk about Rebecca in Ted Lasso being the Shame Nun,” Ellis wrote on Sunday.
We need to talk about Rebecca in Ted Lasso being the Shame Nun pic.twitter.com/GpJFBIW8do
— Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) March 14, 2021
While by grace of the old gods and new I believed, I had to confirm it. A quick trip to IMDB revealed that Waddingham did indeed play Septa Unella, aka the Shame Nun.
Unsurprisingly, this revelation has gotten quite the reaction from the internet,
Guys, hear me out… pic.twitter.com/G9g3sTWERz
— wladiane (@wladiane_c) March 15, 2021
— E.C. Gibson (@ECGibson1) March 14, 2021
There was also a subsequent thread of Waddingham’s previous roles where she seemed to be a stone cold bad bitch.
— MandoMcCoy (@jmacrosoft) March 14, 2021
First time I realized she was hiding that gorgeous hair under there was that water bottle commerical with Thor aka The Mountain. pic.twitter.com/ughHSLBmvi
— GenerationWest (@GenerationWest0) March 14, 2021
Took me a while to figure it out. I realized she was in 12 Monkeys right away, but I had to look her up to make the GoT connection. pic.twitter.com/0YDO9kuJhM
— ElI is leaving purple, and entering red (@e_w_green______) March 14, 2021
Disclosure: the author owns shares in Apple.