Who Do You Think You Are?

Nitin Ganatra

Series 10 - Episode 7 Nitin Ganatra



Although the British Raj introduced bureaucracy to India, many aspects of life (and death) were never written down, which means that EastEnders’ Nitin Ganatra has to rely on people’s recollections and general historical observations rather than paper documentation as he researches his family’s past.

However, he does learn that many of his ancestors had extremely hard lives. “Dealing with death seems to be the loudest voice in all of these stories,” he says, after researching how in the 1890s his great-grandfather, like 30,000 others, escaped the famine in Gujarat to work on the railways in Kenya. Remarkably he does see one document that takes him back 200 years to his seven times great-grandfather.


EastEnders actor Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed) moved to England from Kenya when he was just three years old. Now he has questions about his identity, wanting to know not only why his family left, but also why they emigrated to Africa from India in the first place. The trail leads him to his ancestral home in Gujarat, but along the way he makes an emotional discovery about his mother's relatives.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Nitin Ganatra
Narrator Cherie Lunghi
Director Chris Boulding
Series Producer Colette Flight