Friday, 3 August 2012

Alex Kingston in Who Do You Think You Are?

It has been announced that Alex Kingston – the Royal Shakespeare Company actress who plays The Doctor’s time-travelling companion River Song – will be one of ten celebrities to be featured in the ninth series of genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are?

It's that time again: the names of the ten celebrities set to embark on genealogical journeys have been revealed. Scroll down to find out more about what's in store (in no particular order!) in this year's series of Who Do You Think You Are?, which features Doctor Who and ER actor Alex Kingston's discovery of some strong-willed – and inspirational – kin.

Alex Kingston explores her roots in the hit BBC One series...Musician and political activist Annie Lennox uncovers Scottish links, including relationships marked by illegitimacy and poverty.

MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace gets his teeth into a tale of tragedy and misfortune...

Comedian and actor Hugh Dennis traces two very different experiences of the First World War.

Coronation Street stalwart William Roache swaps the cobbles for the coast in for his episode, as he learns more about entrepreneurial ancestors and a formidable matriarch.

Comic actor Celia Imrie tracks down connections to key events in history (and links to the aristocracy) in her episode.

Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart explores the story of his father, Alfred, who kept many of his experiences in the Second World War secret from his family.

Comedian John Bishop finds a host of colourful characters in his tree, including local celebrities and Crimean War fighters.

Former footballer John Barnes travels to Jamaica to discover more about his kin's involvement in the country's struggle for independence.

Finally, EastEnders' actress Samantha Womack – formerly Janus – encounters stories of estrangement and abandonment in her bid to understand a family enigma.

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 9 will begin (in the UK) with Alex Kingston’s episode on BBC One on Wednesday 15th August.

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