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Charles Dance

Born as Walter Charles Dance to Walter Dance and Eleanor Perks in the Bromsgrove district of Worcestershire in 1946, his father was to die just three years later. Charles has always believed that his dad had been in his early fifties when he died - but now that has been called into question. Read full article...

Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood discovers that his roots trace back to England from Australia in the second episode of the latest Who Do You Think You Are? Like many Australians he finds that he has convict ancestry; but he also discovers other forebears who migrated from the U.K. to seek their fortune in Australia. Read full article...

Clare Balding

Clare Victoria Balding OBE was born on 29 January 1971 to the internationally respected horse trainer Ian Balding and his wife Emma Hastings-Bass. Clare's maternal family comes from a well-documented aristocratic lineage, being descended from the Earls of Derby, and horse training is heavily represented in her genes from both sides of her family. Read full article...

Adil Ray

In his edition of the well loved genealogy TV series Who Do You Think You Are?, Adil is keen to find out more about his mixed Asian and African heritage. He already knows that his maternal grandparents were married in British East Africa and he wants to find out more about their lives and how they got there. Read full article...

Emma Willis

Emma's quest to find her roots confirmed that she has a longstanding link to her home city of Birmingham. What surprised her was that she also had Irish roots, some of whom she was happy to celebrate - while one she was extremely uncomfortable with. Read full article...

Lulu

To begin her family history quest Lulu starts by getting together with her brother Billy and her son Jordon to review what they already know of their family history. She is keen to research her mother Elizabeth's background and crucially try to discover why her mother - the middle child of seven - was the one who seemed to have been singled out to be given up by her parents and raised by another family. Read full article...

Fearne Cotton

From Evan Meredith, the coalminer who endured prison for his anti-war views and who became a chemist, and William Gilmour, who strived to improve his lot in the world, Fearne is pleased that her family story has found the work ethic and drive that she hoped to discover. Read full article...

Noel Clarke

While Noel knows his father, he has little knowledge about his dad's ancestry other than, like his mother, he had originally come from Trinidad in the Caribbean. "I don't have a lot of connections and roots, so I definitely feel like there's something missing. I want my kids to know about their bloodline." Read full article...

Lisa Hammond

Lisa Hammond was born on 2 June 1983 in Chichester, West Sussex and is best known for her portrayal of the sharp-tongued market stall holder Donna Yates in the BBC’s EastEnders.. Notwithstanding her birth in Sussex she considers herself to be a Londoner through and through saying that she loves the city and hates the country. Read full article...

Ruby Wax

Comedian, actress and author Ruby Wax has lived in London with her husband for some years, but was born and raised an only child in the United States of America. Her parents were Edmund Wachs and Berta née Goldmann and they left Vienna, Austria in the 1930s as the clouds of World War Two were gathering. 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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