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Who Do You Think You Are USA

New Zealand PremiereFridays at 8.30pm from August 28

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Powerful journey

Join award-winning actor and political activist Martin Sheen (The West Wing) as he discovers his ancestors shared his deepest passion, leading him from Ireland to Spain.

Marisa Tomei (What Women Want) sets out to investigate the story of her great grandfather Leopoldo Bianchi who, according to her mother, was murdered in the early 1900s. To find out more Marisa heads to Tuscany, where Leopoldo lived.

Other celebrities being profiled this series include Reba McEntire (Buffalo Girls), Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets), Rita Wilson (It’s Complicated), Edie Falco (The Sopranos) and Rob Lowe (The West Wing).

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Episode 6, Series 6

Friday December 14 at 1:35am

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler learns about a brave ancestor and the story of a politician who tried to hide an illegitimate son.

Episode 7, Series 6

Friday December 14 at 3:10pm

Scott Foley

Scott Foley finds a connection to the Salem witch trials in 17th-century Massachusetts, and learns about an ancestor who risked his life for a Founding Father.

Episode 7, Series 6

Saturday December 15 at 12:30am

Scott Foley

Scott Foley finds a connection to the Salem witch trials in 17th-century Massachusetts, and learns about an ancestor who risked his life for a Founding Father.

Episode 8, Series 6

Monday December 17 at 3:35pm

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal is surprised to learn about her Amish ancestry.

Episode 8, Series 6

Tuesday December 18 at 12:10am

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal is surprised to learn about her Amish ancestry.

Episode 9, Series 6

Tuesday December 18 at 3:35pm

Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald investigates a family story that she has Swedish royalty in her blood.

Episode 9, Series 6

Wednesday December 19 at 1:05am

Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald investigates a family story that she has Swedish royalty in her blood.

Episode 10, Series 6

Wednesday December 19 at 3:35pm

Chris Noth

Chris Noth discovers the suffering endured by his ancestors in America, and tracks a relative from Spain to Ireland who eventually became a war hero.

Episode 10, Series 6

Thursday December 20 at 1:15am

Chris Noth

Chris Noth discovers the suffering endured by his ancestors in America, and tracks a relative from Spain to Ireland who eventually became a war hero.

Episode 11, Series 6

Thursday December 20 at 3:35pm

Lea Michele

Lea Michele digs into her Jewish roots and finds a heartbreaking story about her great-grandmother in addition to a family reunited after being separated for decades.

Episode 11, Series 6

Friday December 21 at 2:10am

Lea Michele

Lea Michele digs into her Jewish roots and finds a heartbreaking story about her great-grandmother in addition to a family reunited after being separated for decades.

Episode 1, Series 5

Friday December 21 at 3:40pm

Cynthia Nixon

Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon traces her ancestry, discovering that in 1843 her great-great-great grandmother murdered her abusive husband with an axe.

Episode 1, Series 5

Saturday December 22 at 12:15am

Cynthia Nixon

Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon traces her ancestry, discovering that in 1843 her great-great-great grandmother murdered her abusive husband with an axe.

Episode 2, Series 5

Monday December 24 at 3:35pm

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Award-winning actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Ugly Betty and Modern Family) digs into his ancestry and follows the life of his great-grandfather.

Episode 2, Series 5

Tuesday December 25 at 12:30am

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Award-winning actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Ugly Betty and Modern Family) digs into his ancestry and follows the life of his great-grandfather.

Episode 3, Series 5

Tuesday December 25 at 3:35pm

Rachel McAdams

Actress Rachel McAdams and her sister Kayleen trace their family past, discovering a privileged English ancestor forced to separate from those he loved.

Episode 3, Series 5

Wednesday December 26 at 1:50am

Rachel McAdams

Actress Rachel McAdams and her sister Kayleen trace their family past, discovering a privileged English ancestor forced to separate from those he loved.

Episode 4, Series 5

Wednesday December 26 at 3:35pm

Valerie Bertinelli

Actress Valerie Bertinelli goes on the hunt to unlock her family's mysteries.

Episode 4, Series 5

Thursday December 27 at 1:35am

Valerie Bertinelli

Actress Valerie Bertinelli goes on the hunt to unlock her family's mysteries.

Episode 5, Series 5

Thursday December 27 at 3:35pm

Kelsey Grammer

Actor Kelsey Grammer traces his ancestry on his grandmother's side, uncovering the story of a woman haunted by demons.

Episode 5, Series 5

Friday December 28 at 12:55am

Kelsey Grammer

Actor Kelsey Grammer traces his ancestry on his grandmother's side, uncovering the story of a woman haunted by demons.

Episode 6, Series 5

Friday December 28 at 3:05pm

Bill Paxton

Actor Bill Paxton reads captivating first-hand accounts of wartime battles and walks in the footsteps of ancestor, who fought in the American Revolution.

Episode 6, Series 5

Friday December 28 at 11:45pm

Bill Paxton

Actor Bill Paxton reads captivating first-hand accounts of wartime battles and walks in the footsteps of ancestor, who fought in the American Revolution.

Episode 7, Series 5

Monday December 31 at 3:40pm

Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon discovers an ancestor who gave up his freedom to come to America, fought for his country's independence, and risked everything at a pivotal point in history.

Episode 7, Series 5

Tuesday January 1 at 1:55am

Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon discovers an ancestor who gave up his freedom to come to America, fought for his country's independence, and risked everything at a pivotal point in history.

Episode 8, Series 5

Tuesday January 1 at 3:40pm

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes travels to Ireland to learn more about his estranged father's troubled past and uncovers a shocking trail of tragedy and crime that reaches back generations.

Episode 8, Series 5

Wednesday January 2 at 1:10am

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes travels to Ireland to learn more about his estranged father's troubled past and uncovers a shocking trail of tragedy and crime that reaches back generations.

Episode 9, Series 5

Wednesday January 2 at 3:40pm

America Ferrera

America Ferrera brings the series to Honduras for the first time ever as she learns about the father she barely knew and discovers her family's role in Honduras history.

Episode 9, Series 5

Thursday January 3 at 2:00am

America Ferrera

America Ferrera brings the series to Honduras for the first time ever as she learns about the father she barely knew and discovers her family's role in Honduras history.

Episode 10, Series 5

Thursday January 3 at 3:40pm

Tony Goldwyn

Familiar with his paternal Hollywood lineage, Tony Goldwyn learns about his maternal great-great-great grandparents who pioneered women's rights and westward expansion.

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