Who Do You Think You Are?

TV presenter Emma Willis uncovers an unpleasant surprise in her family history

Big Brother host Emma Willis is hoping her working-class roots will run deep in Birmingham, where she grew up.

But she finds herself in Dublin reading about her five-times great grandfather, Richard Fowler, who was a violent Protestant landowner.

It’s a shock for Emma, who was hoping to find ‘good men’ who worked hard and looked after their families – values she holds dear in her own life. But all is not lost.

Just two generations after Richard was stabbing Catholic rebels, Harriet Fowler married a Catholic who became lauded not only for his fine work as a marble craftsman but also as a campaigner for workers’ rights.

The Brummie-girl-done-good breathes a huge sigh of relief.