Former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has discovered a surprising connection to her co-star Mel Giedroyc’s family in Who Do You Think You Are?
The BBC series follows some wild family discoveries for some of the UK’s famous faces, including Danny Dyer finding out he was distantly related to both Edward III and William the Conqueror, in some very eye opening scenes.
Taking part in the BBC One genealogy show, Sue found her own ‘amazing’ discovery.
Talking to Mel at the beginning of the episode, about what she already knew of her family history, she began: ‘I know that there’s some kind of Eastern European connection and part of me’s hoping it’s Lithuania because I really like the idea that my ancestors were toshing around the same neck of the woods as yours.’
Mel added: ‘That would be amazing,’ and indeed it was, as Sue later found out.
When travelling to Germany to find out more about her great-grandmother, the 52-year-old was told that she had been born in a part of Russia, that is now Lithuania.
Sue emotionally shared: ‘I can’t even tell you how delighted I am that it’s Lithuania because Mel who I work with and who’s family to me, she’s Lithuanian.
‘That makes me so happy.’
Elsewhere in the episode, Sue found another coincidence between her love for boxing and the Lithuanian church where her great-grandmother was baptised, after she realises that the same church has now been converted to a boxing gym.
She said: ‘The universe couldn’t have planned this better. If this was a story I saw written down I’d go, no, that final scene’s too pat, it doesn’t work.
‘I mean, what a narrative arc. The Lutheran church is now a boxing gym.
‘This has just done my head in because everything always comes full circle but never in such a poetic way as this. I feel so joyful, I couldn’t have been more delighted by this whole thing.’
Who Do You Think You Are? continues on BBC One on Thursdays at 9pm.