AMANDA Holden broke down in tears on tonight’s DNA Journey when she discovered one of her relatives was a founding member of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, which she is now an ambassador for.
The 50-year-old embarked on the ancestral journey with her best mate Alan Carr and was shocked by the coincidence as she discovered her love of animals went so far back.
An executive for the home, told her: "We’ve got something really quite interesting to tell you about an ancestor of yours, Thomas, who had a real connection with Battersea.”
He revealed that her distant relative Thomas was appointed Battersea’s first chief executive in 1877 and he was a real part of the history of the charity.
Looking utterly gobsmacked, Amanda exclaimed: "No he b****y was not! Oh my God! Are you kidding?"
The exec replied: "Im not kidding. The first manager of the home who professionalised the whole operation."
Overcome with emotion, Amanda said: "I can’t believe it. That is just amazing. I can’t believe that. And I am a part of it here now."
And as she broke down in tears, she was told: "Battersea is literally in your genes.”
TV star Amanda has been an ambassador for Battersea since 2013 and has a rescue dog herself.
Those watching at home couldn’t believe the coincidence and took to Twitter to discuss it.
One person wrote: “Me and Mum are sitting here in shock at that link!!! @AmandaHolden #DNAJourney.”
A second added: “Goosebumps #DNAJourney.”
While a third remarked: “Great seeing your ancestor was the 1st Chief Executive at Battersea dogs/cats home. Caring for animals is in your genes & has been for over 140 years & you should be very proud #DNAJourney.”
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