What We Know About Hannah Waddingham's Daughter, Kitty

Hannah Waddingham's character, Rebecca Welton, is a fan favorite on "Ted Lasso." Her strength, determination, and kindness are just a few of her best qualities. Although she is first painted as an antagonist due to her being out for revenge, we quickly learned that Rebecca is simply misunderstood. Waddingham, 48, has done an amazing job of showcasing Rebecca's vulnerability, and it's no wonder the role has helped her win multiple awards, including a 2021 Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series.When Waddingham got up on stage to accept her award, the actor thanked the show's cocreator and lead actor Jason Sudeikis for changing her and her daughter's lives.

Waddingham explained how much the series impacted her family during a September 2021 appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Because her daughter, Kitty Cugnetto, had been "very ill" when she was younger, Waddingham asked the universe to help her find work closer to home so she could prioritize her responsibilities as a mother. Waddingham said that two months later, she was grateful to have heard she landed the role as Rebecca on "Ted Lasso" not only because it would be a great opportunity for her as an actor, but the role would also allow her to work just 30 minutes from home.

Clearly, family is very important to Waddingham. While she keeps Kitty away from the spotlight, we do know a few things about her, like the fact that Waddingham shares her daughter with businessman Gianluca Cugnetto, whom she was in a relationship with for more than a decade before the pair ultimately split. Keep reading to learn more about the star's life as a mother.

Kitty Cugnetto

Waddingham and Cugnetto reportedly welcomed Kitty in 2016. According to the Daily Mail, while the actor was filming "Krypton" in Belfast, she received a call in which she was informed that her daughter had been diagnosed with Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP). Mayo Clinic describes HSP as "a disorder that causes the small blood vessels in your skin, joints, intestines, and kidneys to become inflamed and bleed."

The "Ted Lasso" star previously opened up about her daughter's illness in an interview with the "White Wine Question Time" podcast. "My daughter became ill suddenly and randomly, and we still don't quite know why. She had a thing called HSP, which for anyone who knows what that's like, it's really horrific," she said. "When she got ill suddenly, I couldn't get home even though I was only in Belfast. The last flight had left that night."

Waddingham continued by saying she had spoken to her daughter just before then and "she was absolutely fine," but then she woke up and had "giraffe splats of brown" across her body that turned out to be "capillaries bursting over her little leggies." Waddingham said she tried booking a helicopter to return to her daughter and her producers even tried getting her a boat, but none of those plans worked out. Luckily, she was able to get a flight the following day, and although her daughter appeared "fine-ish," her illness continued for the next few months.

The situation influenced Waddingham's desire to work closer to home. "I am first and foremost a mum, and more importantly a single mum," she said. Thankfully, her role in "Ted Lasso" gave her exactly what she wanted.

Waddingham has posted a few pictures of her daughter on Instagram, and by the looks of it, Kitty seems to enjoy the outdoors, especially going on walks with her family.

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