Martina Fowler

Who Do You Think You Are?

Martina Fowler
  Strictly's Shirley Ballas learns a surprising family truth

Strictly's Shirley Ballas learns a surprising family truth

A merry dance

She’s the Queen of Latin – head judge on Strictly Come Dancing, an international dance coach and an award-winning dancer. But Shirley Ballas has always had a question mark hanging over her family history – until now.

This week, the 57-year-old is finally able to lay to rest a rumour passed down over several generations about her great grandmother Clara Sutton.

‘Clara was supposed to have been an irresponsible party girl, who abandoned her children –including my grandmother, Daisy – to run off to America, and left her husband who died of a broken heart,’ says Shirley.

But she soon discovers this isn’t the case, after a census reveals a very different story that unfolds on the genealogy series, and shows Clara to be a very strong woman…

 Read more in this week’s TV Choice, on sale now