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Paul Hollywood

Celebrity baker and chef Paul John Hollywood follows his beloved grandfather’s footsteps through war torn Africa and North Italy. Paul also follows a maternal line to eventually find that he is descended from a crofter in the Highlands with an unusual and very physical second job. Read full article...

Jane Seymour

The family story of Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg, known better by her stage name of Jane Seymour, is an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. Her Father’s family are Jewish while her mother was a Dutch Protestant who had endured being in a Second World War Japanese concentration camp. Read full article...

Derek Jacobi

Sir Derek George Jacobi's story is one of equal contrasts. Though he is from working class roots in London, with a boot maker for a grandfather, as we delve further back in time we discover that his family are from much grander stock, one having mixed with Louis the Sun King until his religious belief had him imprisoned and he escaped to England. Read full article...

Jerry Hall

Model and former wife of Sir Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall is a Texan who moved to Europe. Her father’s family, however, emigrated to the USA from Lancashire in the 1880s. Jerry’s mother’s side were from pioneering roots, trailing west across America at the time of the Frontier. Read full article...

Gareth Malone

Choirmaster, Gareth Malone, is not the first in his family to perform to an audience. Music and drama is in his blood. From an ancestor that appeared at King George’s Coronation Gala to a Dublin impresario. Read full article...

Anne Reid

Acclaimed British actress Anne Reid MBE, discovers that her family tree features ancestors who were solicitor’s clerks in Liverpool, but who came originally from Scotland. Tracing further back in the records she is upset to find that one of her forebears was transported to Australia from Scotland for fraud, after previously being thought of as respectable. Read full article...

Frank Gardner

Frank Gardner, the BBC’s Security Correspondent, is the son of British diplomats and he turns out to be not the only member of his family to have had a brush with death as a result of his occupation. It is Frank’s ancestors from the Tudor age and back to Norman times, however, that he is most interested in discovering more about. Research has turned up a powerful man in his family tree who falls from grace to pay the ultimate price. Read full article...

Anita Rani

Countryfile presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Anita Rani was born in Yorkshire to Indian parents. But it is her maternal grandfather's story in the turbulent period of Partition that takes Anita to the Punjab to see if she can find out more. Read full article...

Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss is someone who has always enjoyed storytelling with a particular passion for the ghoulish and so it comes as no surprise that it is in his genes. Researching his family history back five generations in Northern Ireland he found a tale of rags to riches for one member of his family and that he is descended from storytellers who just may have possibly been vampire slayers! Read full article...

Frances De La Tour

Frances de la Tour is an actress well known for her many appearances on TV, in Film and on the stage. Her family story, however, is better than theatre with Aristocratic ancestors and society scandals that include an illegitimate child and a landmark divorce. Read full article...

Every year the popular BBC series Who 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.

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