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

BENIDORM star Hannah Waddingham has claimed that she was "groped three times in a week" while filming the comedy.

The 46-year-old actress, who played Tonya Dyke in the ITV sitcom, has opened up about some uncomfortable moments on set.


She told the Mirror: "I’d never been groped in my life, but I was groped three times in one week in 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.

“A little angel on my shoulder was going, ‘Leave it, Hannah’. But I really wanted to take off my five-inch wedges and whack them.”

Despite the difficulties she encountered on the show, Hannah went onto land a role in hit series Games of Thrones in 2015.

She played Septa Unella and appeared in the infamous scene which sees Cersei perform the walk of atonement.

She also bagged a role in Netflix's Sex Education, playing Sofia Marchetti, one of Jackson's mothers.

Hannah found Hollywood success after featuring in AppleTV+'s Ted Lasso – she plays the role of Rebecca Walden in the football comedy and received an Emmy nomination for her role.

She first experienced fame in several West End productions, includingSpamalot and Kiss Me Kate.

Hannah also revealed that her inspiration behind her character in Ted Lasso came from Apprentice star Baroness Karren Brady who branded her an" unapologetically glamorous woman".

Hannah's character Rebecca is the owner of AFC Richmond and took over the role from her husband, Rupert Mannion, who she left due his adulterous ways.

Rebecca wanted the club to fail in order to get back at her former husband, Rupert.

With this, she appointed Ted Lasso in the hope the club would fail andattempts to smear his reputation.

The second season of Ted Lasso drops on Apple TV+ on Friday July 23, 2021


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