JK Rowling to appear on Who Do You Think You Are?

Harry Potter author will appear in the same series as Tracey Emin, Len Goodman and Lord Coe

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling will give viewers a rare insight into her family background in a new run of the BBC’s genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?

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The author, who last week launched her eagerly awaited online Pottermore project, will explore her roots in Edinburgh and London before crossing the Channel to France to investigate the lesser-known nooks of Paris to learn about her mother’s French ancestry.

Other stars who have signed on to examine their family trees this series include EastEnders June Brown and Larry Lamb, TV presenter Richard Madeley, Bee Gee Robin Gibb, comedian Alan Carr, Strictly judge Len Goodman, artist Tracey Emin, former athlete Lord Coe and Silent Witness’s Emilia Fox.

Who Do You Think You Are? began airing in 2004 and has since profiled the family history of stars as diverse as Jeremy Clarkson and Kim Cattrall.

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The new series is due to air in August.