Who do you think you are? TV presenter Emma Willis is the latest presenter to open up the history books to discover her family past and how deep her Brummie roots really are.
Emma Louise Willis (born 18th March, 1976) is an English television presenter and former model, best known for her television and radio work with Channel 5, BBC, ITV and Heart FM.
Emma has presented Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother since 2013, and she also presented spin-off show Big Brother's Bit on the Side from its inception in 2011 until 2015. She has presented The Voice UK since 2014
In this BBC episode Emma has some great result in tracing her family roots and is left shocked after discovering a relative had stabbed and tortured two men.
Emma was told that her five-times great great grandfather Richard Fowler tried to kill a blacksmith and his son in Ireland around 1797 during religious tensions in Ireland at the time.
Luckily the pair were spared only because a neighbour heard their screams and chased Richard and his two accomplices away.
A report published by Ireland's The Press around the time of the attack said:
“They were knocked down and received many desperate stabs: naked, and bleeding as they were, they were then conveyed to the guardhouse of Dunlavan, and, on daring to complain of such treatment, were again knocked down and beaten in a most unmerciful manner.”
“That’s horrific. How can you defend doing that to somebody? That was exactly what I didn’t want to find out” - Emma Willis
Emma's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? will air on Thursday 3 August on BBC One.
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Source: BBC / Sun / Express