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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 1, Series 5

Thursday June 20 at 2:35pm

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

Thursday June 20 at 11:50pm

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

Friday June 21 at 2:40pm

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

Friday June 21 at 11:20pm

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 9, Series 6

Saturday June 22 at 8:15pm

Molly Ringwald

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

Episode 10, Series 6

Saturday June 22 at 9:00pm

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

Saturday June 22 at 9:40pm

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

Saturday June 22 at 10:25pm

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

Saturday June 22 at 11:05pm

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

Monday June 24 at 2:35pm

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

Tuesday June 25 at 12:20am

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

Tuesday June 25 at 2:35pm

Valerie Bertinelli

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

Episode 4, Series 5

Tuesday June 25 at 11:40pm

Valerie Bertinelli

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

Episode 5, Series 5

Wednesday June 26 at 2:35pm

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

Wednesday June 26 at 11:20pm

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

Thursday June 27 at 2:35pm

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

Thursday June 27 at 11:30pm

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

Friday June 28 at 2:35pm

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

Friday June 28 at 11:30pm

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 3, Series 5

Saturday June 29 at 8:15pm

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

Saturday June 29 at 9:00pm

Valerie Bertinelli

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

Episode 5, Series 5

Saturday June 29 at 9:40pm

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

Saturday June 29 at 10:25pm

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

Saturday June 29 at 11:05pm

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.

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