Kate Winslet and Daniel Radcliffe to star in Who Do You Think You Are? 2019

By Rosemary Collins, 9 June 2019 - 11:03pm

The wait is over! Who Do You Think You Are? returns this summer with a star-studded list of celebrities discovering their family history

Olivia Colman
Titanic star Kate Winslet will discover her Swedish roots in the latest series of Who Do You Think You Are? (Credit: Getty Images)

Award-winning family history show Who Do You Think You Are? will return to BBC One this summer – with its most impressive ever line-up of famous faces.

A-lister Kate Winslet, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, international media personality and music mogul Sharon Osbourne, James Bond star Naomie Harris, comedian and Have I Got News For You captain Paul Merton, television personality Mark Wright, comedian Katherine Ryan, and comedian Jack Whitehall together with his father Michael Whitehall will unravel their families’ pasts in series 16 of the show.

The long-running family history programme won its second Best Feature BAFTA award last month for series 15, which starred Olivia Colman and Boy George.

Colette Flight, executive producer at WDYTYA? production company Wall to Wall, said: “We’re delighted to have this incredible line-up of stars and to have captured these journeys of discovery as they explore their extraordinary family trees.

“What they uncover is revelatory, moving, often funny and always fascinating.

“Many of our celebrities’ ancestors were caught up in momentous historical events which we are covering for the first time in the series.”

This year’s celebrities will travel to Spain, Sweden, Grenada and Jamaica and uncover stories of war and revolution, diamond trading and cod fishing, an ancestor who was burned at the stake and an assault involving a banjo.

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Kate Winslet Who Do You Think You Are


Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet rocketed to stardom over 20 years ago in Titanic. Since then, she’s become one of the biggest actresses in the world, winning an Oscar and three BAFTAs and starring in films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Reader and Steve Jobs. On Who Do You Think You Are?, she delves into her Swedish roots and discovers a drummer boy ancestor.

Daniel Radcliffe Who Do You Think You Are?


Daniel Radcliffe

Film and theatre actor Daniel Radcliffe became famous at age 11 for playing boy wizard Harry Potter, but he’ll be hoping to fall under the spell of genealogy in Who Do You Think You Are? In his episode, he uncovers his ancestor’s extraordinary and moving letters from the First World War.




Sharon Osbourne Who Do You Think You Are?


Sharon Osbourne

From a turbulent marriage to Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne to judging The X Factor and America’s Got Talent and presenting The Talk, Sharon Osbourne has led a dramatic life, so she’ll be looking for similar highs and lows in the lives of her ancestors. The plot of her episode is not yet known but her family history includes Irish and Jewish ancestry and she’s been spotted filming in Tunbridge Wells.



Jack and Michael Whitehall Who Do You Think You Are?


Jack and Michael Whitehall

Comedian and actor Jack Whitehall and his father Michael charmed viewers with their sometimes fractious relationship, presenting Backchat and Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father and co-writing two books. Now they’ll be the first pair of relatives to appear on Who Do You Think You Are?, as they find an ancestor who was caught up in the Newport Rising.


Mark Wright Who Do You Think You Are?


Mark Wright

Television personality, model and former football player Mark Wright starred on series 3 of reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex. On WDYTYA? he discovers his Spanish and Jewish heritage, including an ancestor persecuted by the Spanish Inquisition. His wife, actress Michelle Keegan, also traced her roots in series 15 of the show.


Paul Merton Who Do You Think You Are?


Paul Merton

Comedian Paul Merton was born Paul Martin to an English father and an Irish mother, and adopted his stage name after the London borough where he grew up. He is a member of London improvisation group The Comedy Store Players and has been a team captain on satirical news quiz Have I Got News for You since 1990.


Naomie Harris Who Do You Think You Are?


Naomie Harris

Actress Naomie Harris was born in London and her mother emigrated to Britain from Jamaica as a child. She starred in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, plays Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films, and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the acclaimed drama Moonlight. In 2017, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire for her services to drama.


Katherine Ryan Who Do You Think You Are?


Katherine Ryan

Comedian Katherine Ryan grew up in Canada and her father was born in Ireland. She has performed her stand-up comedy on Live at the Apollo and her Netflix special Katherine Ryan: In Trouble and appeared on panel shows including Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. On WDYTYA?, she discovers her ancestral links to the Newfoundland cod trade.





Photo credits: Getty Images


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