The new series of Who Do you Think You Are? - meet the new participants
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Who Do You Think You Are? Meet the new participants of series 18 – including Alex Scott, Dame Judi Dench and Ed Balls

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Who Do You Think You Are? is one of our favourite shows, and the genealogy series is back for a new run this autumn.

And now we know who’s going to take part.

From Dame Judi Dench to Joe Sugg and Alex Scott it’s a star-studded line-up.

So who’s in this series? Here’s everything you need to know…

The new series of Who Do you Think You Are? - meet the new participants
Dame Judi is a national treasure (Credit: BBC)

Who Do You Think You Are? – who’s in the new series?

Dami Judi Dench

Eighty-six-year-old Dame Judi is an acting legend and she needs no real introduction.

We’ll give her one anyway.

From Shakespeare and sitcoms to James Bond, Dame Judi one of our national treasures.

And, in Who Do You Think You Are?, we’re promised some intriguing connections to the Bard himself… and some Danish heritage.

Could we be talking Hamlet here?

The new series of Who Do you Think You Are? - meet the new participants
Ed Balls (Credit: BBC)

Ed Balls

Thanks to his hilarious appearance on Strictly in 2016, and his moving series win in BBC One’s Celebrity Best Home Cook, it’s easy to forget that Ed was once at the forefront of British politics.

Ed also served as Shadow Chancellor Of The Exchequer for four years between 2011 and 2015.

Married to Labour MP Yvette Cooper together they share three children, in Who Do You Think You Are? Ed is set to reveal some ancestral bravery.

The new series of Who Do you Think You Are? - meet the new participants
What will Pixie’s trawl through her family reveal? (Credit: BBC)

Pixie Lott

Pop superstar Pixie, 30, is the next cab off the rank.

We’re told that the singer will uncover musical roots that go back three generations.

The new series of Who Do you Think You Are? - meet the new participants
Joe is the presenter of The Great British Sewing Bee (Credit: BBC)

Joe Lycett

Comedian Joe is now a household name thanks to his presenting job on The Great British Sewing Bee and Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back on Channel 4.

Add in appearances on Steph’s Packed Lunch and panel shows, Joe’s star has definitely risen the past few years.

However, Joe will find a darker family history in Who Do You Think You Are?

The new series of Who Do you Think You Are? - meet the new participants
Alex travels to Jamaica to uncover her past (Credit: BBC)

Alex Scott

Another whose star has risen dramatically over the past two or three years is former England football star Alex.

Furthermore, she now presents Football Focus on BBC One and also new daytime quiz show, The Tournament.

However, the 36-year-old will find out more about her family – their role in the war against fascism in the 1930s and life in Jamaica.

The new series of Who Do you Think You Are? - meet the new participants
Joe met Dianne on Strictly (Credit: BBC)

Joe Sugg

The social media star became a big name on YouTube and then endeared himself to many thanks to his appearance on Strictly in 2018.

He also met now-fiancée Dianne Buswell on the dancefloor and even tried his hand at acting in BBC One’s The Syndicate.

The new series of Who Do you Think You Are? - meet the new participants
Josh will uncover routes that go waaaay back (Credit: BBC)

Josh Widdicombe

Comedian Josh, 38, is known for his appearances on Channel 4’s The Last Leg.

However, lest we forget, he also starred in his own BBC sitcom, Josh.

Read more: Is Alex Scott single? Who has the Soccer Aid star been linked to?

In Who Do You Think You Are? we’re teased that Josh will find out his ancestors were nobility in Elizabeth I’s Tudor court!

Look out for the new series next month.

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