The actor, currently seen in the Sky series Riviera playing an art fraud investigator, revealed that he is due to take over as the voice of the new series of the genealogy favourite from actress Cherie Lunghi. She has been doing it since 2013 after inheriting it from Mark Strong.
“They just thought it was time for a change so they asked me to do it,” says Davis, whose Poldark character is missing this series.
He added with a laugh: “A couple of hours in the studio – it was fun if not the most onerous job I have done.”
But sadly the family Davis and their ancestors won’t be featuring. “They looked at me but there was nothing interesting to put on the telly – we’re a family of cleaners!”
Also appearing in the new series which starts next month is Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood who traces his Australian roots and discovers he’s not the first dancer in the family.
Other featured names include Clare Balding who will explore what we have been tantalisingly told is “her great grandfather’s deep and possibly romantic relationship with a male artist”.
Emma Willis, Doctor Who’s Noel Clarke, singer Lulu and Lisa Hammond – EastEnders’ Donna – will also be featuring alongside writer Adil Ray, presenter Fearne Cotton and comedian and writer Ruby Wax.
“From the Australian gold rush to baking powder, from prisoners of war to African royalty, from long-lost relatives to vanishing fortunes, our celebrities uncover the remarkable and compelling stories of their ancestors,” said the BBC in a statement.
Who Do You Think You Are returns to BBC1 on Thursday July 6
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.