Samantha Womack 'healed' by Who do You Think you Are

Samantha Womack

Samantha Womack

Samantha Womack found appearing on 'Who do You Think you Are?' "truly healing."

Samantha Womack found appearing on 'Who do You Think you Are?' "truly healing."

The former 'EastEnders' star broke down in tears as she discovered her family history on the BBC One show - which reveals her great-great grandmother had to abandon a daughter to a children's home - but said it helped her gain a sense of history about who she is.

She told The Sun newspaper: "I was always the new girl in Wales or in Scotland or in London, so I didn't really know who I was.

"My deep-rooted fear was to be isolated and lonely and there not to be too much information.

"It has been truly healing. I will never ask those questions, 'who are we?', 'where are we from?' now as I know them."

During the show, Samantha finds it hard to trace her great grandmother, Beatrice Garraud, but finds a newspaper report explaining how her brother died after his clothes caught fire in an orphanage. Records further reveal Beatrice's father had died and her mother had gone abroad.

Speaking of Beatrice, Samantha said: "She fell into the arms of this exotic Frenchman - he's been disowned, she has been disowned. They go off and have babies together then he dies and she is left with no option but to go to New York to tread the boards. I felt quite sad for her."

Samantha also said the show helped her come to terms with the suicide of her father Noel, in 2009.

She explained: "My father would have really loved these stories and he was always a very curious man about knowing where he came from.

"He was very musical and I think he would have really enjoyed knowing that was in his blood."


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