Is EastEnders' Danny Dyer related to royalty?


EastEnders actor Danny Dyer will discover the Queen Vic is not his only link to the monarchy as he uncovers an "incredible connection to royalty" in the new series of Who Do You Think You Are?

The 38-year-old Londoner will trace his family back from poverty and crime in the East End to their astonishing noble ancestry when the genealogy show returns to BBC One in the autumn.


Among the 10 celebrities also willing to open up their family history books are Shakespearean actor Sir Ian McKellen and pop star Cheryl, with this series spanning nearly 1,000 years of history and featuring tales of "freedom fighters and criminals, war heroes and bigamists".

Former Girls Aloud member Cheryl will explore the gripping story of her long-forgotten great-grandfather, a "quintessential Tommy in the First World War" who survived one of the key battles.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in Cannes

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden will bring to light an extraordinary Napoleonic-era cross-channel romance and the forgotten tragedy of Britain's worst ever maritime disaster.

Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker will take the show to Bangladesh for the first time, while Stargazing Live presenter Liz Bonnin discovers the world of slavery-era Martinique.

Liz Bonnin's family history will take researchers to Martinique for the first time (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

News presenter Sophie Raworth, Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson, Harry Potter star Warwick Davis and comedian Greg Davies will also take part in the new series, which will reveal whose ancestors were involved in stories from "the invention of the weekend to the first pineapples in Britain".

Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One in the autumn.