Who Do You Think You Are?

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Series 11 - Episode 10 Twiggy



Twiggy had what she considered to be a fairly ordinary upbringing in the London suburb of Neasden. However, her mother Nellie “suffered with her nerves”, so the young Lesley Hornby had to be very careful about upsetting her mother's fragile mental health. As a result she knows absolutely nothing about her grandparents, let alone anyone further back in her family tree.

As she investigates her ancestors on her mother's side, for what is the 100th edition of Who Do You Think You Are??, she begins to understand why nobody spoke about them. It's a desperately sad tale of destitution, desertion, workhouses, hard labour, prison sentences, rogues and vagabonds. So she guesses that the family didn't talk about it because they were ashamed of their past.

She sheds no tears, although one discovery makes her laugh so much she almost cries. “What I've learnt is that the women in my family were incredibly strong women … but I'm very glad I wasn't born 150 years ago,” she concludes.


Four decades ago, Neasden-born model and actress Twiggy, then known as Lesley Hornby, found her life transformed when a reporter spotted her photo on the wall of a London hairdresser, and she was dubbed the `face of the 60s'. Suddenly the 16-year-old was catapulted into life as a supermodel, travelling the world, mixing with some of its biggest stars and eventually appearing in films such as The Boyfriend and The Blues Brothers. In the 100th episode of the genealogy show, Twiggy examines her family's past, where she discovers a history involving strong women and a hint of crime.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Twiggy
Director Archie Powell
Series Producer Kathryn Taylor