Every year the popular BBC seriesWho Do You Think You Are?brings us a host of new and exciting stories. We have taken a look at each celebrity as they journey into their family history, and you can read about their discoveries in our articles.
Entertainment ‘is a family business’, says Emily Atack, comic actress and star of her eponymous show as well as The Inbetweeners and ‘Keith Lemon’ sketch shows, ‘There was never any other route for me.’ It soon becomes clear that she certainly isn’t kidding about this! It’s not surprising therefore that entertainment is at the core of her journey in the genealogy show: ‘I would love to know more about the history of where all the talents came from,’ says Emily.
'I don't think there's going to be any money or royalty in my past,' observes stand-up comedian and TV presenter Chris Ramsay at the start of his episode in the 2023 series of Who Do You Think You Are?, 'I think it's just going to be tough.' Chris also presents a hugely successful podcast with his wife Rosie and has also been a star of Strictly Come Dancing. He says he feels he has a charmed and lucky life and wonders if his ancestors were so fortunate. There are certainly some adventures to be discovered!
Actress Lesley Manville CBE is a big hitter of British film and TV, having been nominated as best actress in both the BAFTAs and the Oscars. She doesn’t feel she particularly knows her roots, however: ‘Through understanding where I’ve come from, I’m hoping to understand myself more,’ she says in her episode of Who Do You Think You Are?.
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