EMMA’S SHOCKING FAMILY SECRET
She’s one of the sweetest the women in showbiz, but same can’t be said of Emma Willis’s ancestors.
The Big Brother host found when herself fighting back tears family she uncovered a dark episode secret on an upcoming series, of BBC One’s popular Are? Who Do You Think You fivetimes-great-grandfather, It seems that Emma’s of Richard Fowler, was part who a murderous Irish group his once dragged a man and stabbing, son out of bed before them. beating and torturing ‘That’s horrific,’ said Emma, ‘I felt 41, when she found out. reading it.’ quite sick when I was And the bombshells from the past didn’t stop there, with Emma also discovering that two love-rat ancestors two in the 1850s produced illegitimate children – unknown to their spouses. Thankfully, the mum-ofthree, to who’s been married for Busted star Matt Willis to hide nine years, has nothing in her recent family history. and ‘I come from a kind family said the we’re true Brummies,’ host. Birmingham-born TV my ‘My parents still keep up bedroom at home made for me. open ‘Matt and I run quite an way – there house. I grew up that were always family members that round the corner. It was workingclass typical, old-fashioned, [scenario] – everyone you. mucks in and helps raise know ‘I come – from what I added. of – good people,’ Emma
‘I feel like I’ve found someone good in who maybe wasn’t so Fowler.’ my ancestor, Richard Are? Who Do You Think You 9pm is on BBC One, Thursdays,
Emma isn’t who she thought she was…
The presenter grew up in a loving clan