University historian asks: 'Who do you think you are?'
19 September 2012
University of Hull historian, Dr Nicholas Evans, has helped a
top TV personality to uncover her roots.
Dr Evans appears on tonight’s edition of hit BBC show ‘Who Do
You Think You Are?’ to assist actress Alex Kingston, star of Dr
Who, Upstairs Downstairs and ER.
Although she now spends most of her time in the United
States, Alex Kingston's family originated from the West
End of London.
< Dr Nick Evans
“In the programme I help confirm a long-held view by Alex
that she is of Jewish immigrant ancestry who worked their way out
of poverty in the East End using a range of ‘entrepreneurial’
skills,” said Dr Evans, an expert in Jewish migrant history.
“It was brilliant to be able to share with Alex some of the
findings from my research. She was very personable and loved
the fruits of my delve into the archives.”
The researchers on the programme needed assistance with
researching both Alex’s Jewish ancestry and their later involvement
in the Victorian underworld. Dr Evans added that it has been hard
not to reveal ‘what happened next’.
‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ has now reached
its ninth series and this most recent appearance with Alex Kingston
is the latest in over two dozen episodes that Dr Evans has
provided his expertise, including versions for US and South African
editions of the programme. He has also appeared in the BBC series
If you missed Dr Evans’ appearance on WDYTYA, catch
it again on
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Dr Evans is responsible for engagement and widening
participation at both the University of Hull’s Wilberforce
Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation and the
Department of History.
Public dissemination of his academic research can be read online