Who Do You Think You Are? 2014 – new celebs revealed!
It's back! Now into its tenth year, we reveal the celebrities taking part in the brand new series of Who Do You Think You Are?
It's the news that all family historians have been waiting for!
A decade after it first hit our screens, Who Do You Think You Are? will return to BBC One for a brand new series this summer. Packed with inspiring stories and remarkable discoveries, each of the 10 fresh episodes will take viewers on a fascinating journey into the past.
“When we make Who Do You Think You Are? we always find that there are universal themes that shine through, such as bravery, tragedy and love,” series producer Kathryn Taylor told Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine.
“However, what we’ve noticed with this series is that we seem to have a lot of fights – fights for freedom, fights for political rights and fights for justice. We’ve really got an empowered set of underdogs this year!”
You can learn more about the show in our August issue, on sale from Tuesday 8 July. But which celebrities will be taking part?
Scroll down the page to meet them...
Born in Bath in 1935, Mary Berry is a renowned food writer and broadcaster. Although she has been presenting cookery programmes since the 1970s, many will know Mary for her current job as a judge on The Great British Bake Off with Paul Hollywood.
Brian Blessed is one of Britain’s most treasured actors. The son of a miner, he completed his national service in the RAF before pursuing a career in drama. While Brian has appeared in many serious roles, to many he will always be Prince Vultan from Flash Gordon.
Billy Connolly kickstarted his entertainment career while working as a boilermaker in his native Glasgow, performing with a band that included Gerry Rafferty. Five decades later, the ‘Big Yin’ is one of Scotland’s favourite sons, loved by many for his irreverent comedy.
The youngest of 11 children born in Dublin, Brendan O’Carroll is the creator of hit sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys, in which he plays foul-mouthed matriarch Agnes Brown. A full-length film based on the series is due to be released this summer.
Born to an English father and an Italian mother, Tamzin Outhwaite is perhaps best known for portraying feisty EastEnder Melanie Owen between 1998 and 2002. She can currently be seen in police drama New Tricks as DCI Sasha Miller.
More recently seen on BBC One as Inspector George Gently, Brummie actor Martin Shaw is also widely remembered for his performances as the title character in Judge John Deed and Ray Doyle in The Professionals.
Known for comedies such as Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Gavin & Stacey, Sheridan Smith has also made a name for herself on the West End, earning plaudits for her performance as Elle Woods in the musical adaptation of Legally Blonde.
Twiggy – born Lesley Hornby – was one of the most famous faces of the Swinging Sixties, gracing the front covers of fashion magazines aged just 16. In addition to modelling, she has had a fruitful career as an actor, singer and presenter.
Julie Walters has enjoyed success on both the small screen and in major blockbusters. While gaining Oscar nominations for her performances in Educating Rita and Billy Elliot, Julie is also cherished for TV roles such as Mrs Overall in Acorn Antiques.
Despite being just 31 years old, Reggie Yates has carved out a long and successful career as an actor and presenter. Born to Ghanaian parents in London, he is known for his stint as a DJ on BBC Radio 1 and for hosting talent show The Voice alongside Holly Willoughby.
Image credits: Alamy (Mary Berry, Brian Blessed, Billy Connolly, Brendan O'Carroll, Martin Shaw, Sheridan Smith, Twiggy, Julie Walters, Reggie Yates); Getty (Tamzin Outhwaite)