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X-Men actress Anna Paquin just realised that she was the topless woman shown on BBC News this week

When you’re watching a viral clip and it’s… you.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, a rather unlikely clip went viral around the world.

The BBC News at Ten broadcast was taking place as usual, but in the background an employee was casually watching a movie/TV show in which a woman is topless.

It caused much snickering, of course, and is technically NSFW obviously:

Source: albert smith/YouTube

It made headlines everywhere, because it’s the BBC News and this kind of thing isn’t supposed to happen

newsatten Source: Telegraph

But now there’s been an unexpected break in the case – because the actress who was accidentally shown has recognised herself.


You might know Anna Paquin from her role as Rogue in the X-Men movies, as well as turns in Almost Famous, Fly Away Home and HBO’s True Blood


It’s her character Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood that’s relevant here – because that’s what was playing in the background of the news broadcast.

And Anna must have only come across the clip yesterday, because she’s been talking about it online – and thinks it’s gas

So, someone was just watching a full episode of True Blood at their desk – a bit more innocent than many presumed when the video first went viral.

What a surreal experience it must have been for Anna to be watching the clip and thinking: “wait, that’s me.”

She wrote on Instagram:

In a spectacularly funny error in judgement by some employee as far as #NSFW viewing at #BBC my tits from #trueblood photobombed the 10pm news! I literally can’t laugh hard enough.

She also tweeted loads about it

accidentally Source: @AnnaPaquin

No need for any investigation BBC, Anna has this one sorted

matter Source: @AnnaPaquin

People were saying it was great that she saw the funny side, because it might not be a nice experience to see an image pop up out of context

Anna’s response:

objectively Source: @AnnaPaquin

#photoboob is now a thing

boobed Source: @AnnaPaquin

And she needs to talk about royalties

fullep Source: @AnnaPaquin

True Blood might have went off air in 2014, but it’s back in the big time thanks to Anna’s response and that one BBC worker who thought they could sneak an episode at work

trueblood2 Source:

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David Elkin

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