Tuesday 11 December 2018

Fearne Cotton fans left enthralled by her family history on WDYTYA

The presenter discovered everything from crime, to coal-farming, to lunch with the Queen on the hit ancestry show.

Fearne Cotton.
Fearne Cotton.

By Francesca Gosling

TV viewers were left awed by Fearne Cotton’s dramatic family history as she travelled the country tracing her roots.

The TV presenter uncovered fraud, imprisonment, bankruptcy, chemistry and coal-farming when she featured on BBC 1’s Who Do You Think You Are on Thursday night.

She also found out about her Irish origins, that her ancestor William Gilmour had lunch with the Queen and her great grandfather Evan faced heavy consequences when he refused to go to war.

Fans who saw a new side to the Celebrity Juice panellist could not help but be drawn in, with Ken Shephard describing it as a “wonderful story”.

“Brilliant insight into your family’s past,” added Dean Brook, while Paul P Kelly commented: “An amazing family history especially finding out your great grandfather had dinner with queen Victoria”.

After the show was broadcast, the TV star and cookbook writer also took to Twitter to describe the process as a “complete joy” and picked learning about Evan as the highlight.

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