The ‘Big Brother’ presenter uncovered the rather grisly background of one of her predecessors during filming, relating to her five-times-great grandfather, Richard Fowler.
She found out that, back in the 18th century, her distant relative had attempted to kill a blacksmith and his son, at a time of religious unrest in Ireland.
Richard, who was a Protestant, broke into the Catholic blacksmith’s family home, stabbing them multiple times with a bayonet before torturing them to try and get information.
As reported by The Sun, an emotional Emma was stunned by the news, saying: “That’s horrific. How can you defend doing that to somebody? That was exactly what I didn’t want to find out.”
Emma isn’t the only celebrity who got a rude awakening about their family background on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, though.
Comedian Alan Carr has repeatedly spoken in his stand-up about his disappointment about discovering one of his ancestors was a “deserter”, while actor Ben Affleck was forced to issue a statement after research on the US show ‘Finding Your Roots’ unearthed the fact that one of his distant relatives was a slave-owner, and he requested that this information be left out of the final footage.
Danny Dyer had an altogether more positive experience, though, discovering that he was a descendant of royalty during his episode.
Emma’s episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ will air on BBC One at 9pm on Thursday 3 August.