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Game of Thrones actress Hannah Waddingham says she was waterboarded for 10 hours on-set

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Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham was not always known as Rebecca Welton.Before gracing Apple TV’s small screen, the 46-year-old actress appeared as Septa Unella in Game of Thrones — a role that has stayed with her in the time since, though not necessar…

Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham was not always known as Rebecca Welton.

Before gracing Apple TV's small screen, the 46-year-old actress appeared as Septa Unella in Game of Thrones — a role that has stayed with her in the time since, though not necessarily for the reasons one might think.

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Waddingham's Septa Unella served under Jonathan Pryce's High Sparrow/High Septon and the religious cult/Faith Militant known as Sparrows, which was responsible for Lena Headey's Cersei Lannister having to participate in the infamous walk of atonement.

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Septa Unella leads Cersei's damnation with shouts of "shame", but Cersei gets her revenge in a later episode by waterboarding Septa Unella — and Waddingham has revealed that she really was waterboarded when filming this scene.

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones, Hannah Waddingham

"I was strapped to a wooden table with proper big straps for 10 hours," the Sex Education actress told Collider.

"And definitely, other than childbirth, it was the worst day of my life. Because Lena was uncomfortable pouring liquid in my face for that long, and I was beside myself.

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"But in those moments you have to think, do you serve the peace and get on with it or do you chicken out and go, 'No, this isn't what I signed up for, blah, blah, blah?'" she said.

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Hannah Waddingham

"The funny thing was, after we'd finished shooting it for the whole day, and people like Miguel Sapochnik, the director by the way, walking past with a cup of tea and a sandwich on-the-go and going, 'Hi honey, you alright?'

"And I was like, 'Not really. The crew have just been saying we are actually really waterboarding you here.' And I was like, 'Yep, you don't need to tell me that!'" Waddingham laughed.

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Waddingham also revealed that the waterboarding scene actually was not in the original script.

Lena Headey

The star said that Septa Unella was originally meant to be raped by The Mountain, but Waddingham says that Game of Thrones "had so many complaints about the rape of Sansa that they chose not to go with it."

The show has previously been criticised by fans and stars alike for using sexual violence as a reason for female character development.

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"When I got back to the hotel that night, I was going up in the lift and I was standing next to Eugene [Simon, who played Lancel Lannister] who had had to crawl through loads of s--t to get out of the Sept of Baelor and he was like, 'Oh my god, what happened to you today?'" Waddingham continued.

Cersei Lannister, Septa Unella

"I could barely speak because I had been screaming through The Mountain's hand, which is quite frightening as a singer to completely lose your voice, so I had no voice at all to barely whisper, bruises already coming up like I had been attacked and I was like, 'I've basically just been waterboarded for ten hours.'

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"And he went, 'Mate, I've just been crawling through s--t for four days on my elbows.'

"So we were like, 'See? You haven't been in Game of Thrones unless you've been really, really, battered around,'" she concluded.

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