Who Do You Think You Are? 2016 – new celebs revealed!

By Deputy Editor, 13 July 2016 - 9:38am

The wait is over! We can reveal the famous faces taking part in the 13th UK series of Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? will return to BBC One for a brand-new series later this year. Packed with inspiring stories, each of the 10 episodes will take viewers on a fascinating journey into the past.

You can learn more about the series in our Summer 2016 issue, on sale from Tuesday 2 August. But which celebrities will be taking part?

Scroll down the page to meet them...


Liz Bonnin

French-born Irish presenter Liz Bonnin developed a passion for animals and science at an early age. A stint in a girl band led to presenting roles, and in 2009 she began co-hosting science show Bang Goes the Theory. She later worked on Stargazing Live and has fronted several natural history programmes, including Super Smart Animals.




Talent show winner turned talent show judge, Cheryl has rarely been out of the news as one of the most talked-about and photographed women today. She was catapulted to fame when the band she was in, Girls Aloud, won Popstars the Rivals in 2002. Cheryl began a successful solo career in 2009 and has also been an X Factor judge, off and on, since 2008.



Greg Davies

“Undoubtedly one of the kingpins of British comedy,” according to The Evening Standard, Greg Davies was a drama teacher for 13 years before quitting in 2002 to become a stand-up comedian. His gamble paid off. Greg has notched up several sell-out tours and popular sitcoms – including Cuckoo, Man Down and The Inbetweeners – plus numerous panel and comedy shows, from Taskmaster to Would I Lie to You?



Warwick Davis

Actor, presenter, writer, producer and director, Warwick’s show-business break came when he played an Ewok in Return of the Jedi. Since then he’s featured in other blockbusters, from the Harry Potter films and The Phantom Menace to Willow and Leprechaun. He played a caricature of himself in the Ricky Gervais mockumentries Extras and Life’s Too Short



Danny Dyer

Everyone’s favourite geezer Danny Dyer has been playing Queen Vic landlord-slash-loveable rogue Mick Carter in EastEnders since 2013 but, as well as gritty soaps, the actor has also starred in gritty films, including The Football Factory and Vendetta. He has also brought his London swagger to the stage – most notably in two Pinter plays and as Sid Vicious in Kurt and Sid.



Amanda Holden

The actor and presenter’s first TV appearance was famously on Blind Date – sadly she wasn’t picked. Best known as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent since its launch in 2007, she also joined Philip Schofield to co-host This Morning from 2014-2015. Amanda was nominated for an Olivier award and has appeared in dozens of TV dramas and comedies.


Sir Ian McKellen


Sir Ian McKellen

With a glittering array of characters under his belt, from X-men’s Magneto to Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies to Shakespearian heavyweights and Mel Hutchwright in Coronation Street, Sir Ian McKellen is one of the nation’s best-loved actors. The thespian has been a key figure in British theatre since the 1960s and was knighted in 1991.



Sophie Raworth

Sophie currently regularly presents BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten. She has also fronted several topical programmes too, from William and Kate: a Royal Engagement in 2010 to The Queen’s Longest Reign: Elizabeth & Victoria. Since 2014, she’s co-presented the BBC’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show and also now Crimewatch.



Sunetra Sarker

Another Liverpudlian actor, Sunetra is the first of our celebrities this year to have been in Brookside – on and off between 1988 and 2003, as nurse Nisha Batra. From 2004, she played man-eater Anji – also a nurse – in No Angels. She also appeared as consultant Zoe Hanna in Casualty from 2007-2015. The dance shoes came out for Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.



Ricky Tomlinson

The self-confessed “whinging scouser” starred as Bobby Grant alongside WDYTYA? alumnus Sue Johnson (who played Sheila, his wife) in Brookside for six years. The pair were reunited for The Royle Family a decade later. Ricky’s character – the uncouth, but loveable Jim Royle – made it compulsive viewing. An ardent trade union campaigner, he started out as a plasterer before a spell behind bars for his political activities.


Photo credits: Wall to Wall (Greg Davies, Warwick Davis, Danny Dyer, Amanda Holden, Sophie Raworth, Ricky Tomlinson); Getty Images (Liz Bonnin, Cheryl, Sir Ian McKellen); Alamy (Sunetra Sarker)

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