It’s was back in 2016 when Australia’s Who Do You Think You Are Season 8 aired, so we’ve waited, and waited, and now Season 9 is almost here.
SBS has just announced Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 9, together with details of celebrities who’ll be discovering their family this year. Not to mention giving the all important airing date.
Join the season nine cast of the celebrated genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? which investigates the ancestry of prominent Australians. The all-new eight-part series, stars Justine Clarke, Ernie Dingo, Noni Hazlehurst, Natalie Imbruglia, John Jarratt, Todd McKenney, Patti Newton and Charlie Teo, premiers on SBS on Tuesday 17 April, 7.30 pm.
Justine Clarke – Justine is an Australian actress, singer and television host. She has been acting since the age of seven and has appeared in some of Australia’s best-known TV shows.
Ernie Dingo – an Indigenous Australian actor, television presenter, comedian, teacher and promoter originating from the Yamatji people of the Murchison region of Western Australia, Ernie is not only well-known and loved, he is a designated Australian National Living Treasure.
Noni Hazlehurst – Noni is an Australian actress, director, writer, presenter and broadcaster who has appeared on television and radio, in dramas, mini-series and made for television films, as well also on stage and in feature films since the early 1970s.
Natalie Imbruglia – Natalie Imbruglia is an Australian singer-songwriter, model and actress, naturalised in the UK. In the early 1990s, she played Beth Brennan in the Australian soap opera Neighbours.
John Jarratt – John is an Australian television and film actor, producer and director. He is best known for portraying the main antagonist Mick Taylor in the Wolf Creek film series.
Todd McKenney -Todd McKenney is an Australian entertainer. He is best known for portraying Peter Allen in the musical The Boy from Oz and as a judge on Australian television show Dancing with the Stars.
Patti Newton – Patti has had a lifetime of entertaining Australians and helping them out with her charity work, and was awarded an Member of the Order of Australia AM honour to recognise all of her achievements.
Charlie Teo – Charlie Teo was born to Chinese-Singaporean parents who immigrated to Australia, and he is an Australian neurosurgeon. He has received much media attention as being something of a miracle worker, while some neurosurgeons have criticised him as being too radical.
SBS writes …
The stories in season nine of Who Do You Think You Are? uncover surprising and unlikely tales of child stars performing in 19th Century India, working class heroes fighting battles against Napoleon and how the fall of the iron curtain divided a family. One performer discovers stories of romance and heartbreak in her family of travelling acrobats, while another’s unknown ties to Chinese ancestry is revealed, and another participant is shocked to learn of a dark family secret involving infanticide.
As the trail of their ancestry takes the eight Australian celebrities around the world to Belarus, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, the UK, and closer to home in Norfolk Island and all around Australia, these emotional tales reflect the diversity of Australia and our evolution into the cultural melting pot of today.
Who Do You Think You Are? discovers the unknown ancestry of eight well-known Australian personalities, and in turn the multicultural identity that continues to define Australia.
Series 9 of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia begins
Tuesday 17th April at 7.30pm on SBS
“Some of the reluctance to look back in my history has been my wanting to disown my Chinese ancestry…racism that I experienced made me hate being Chinese.” – Charlie Teo
“I think all families have secrets but I have to say, this is a doozy.” – Patti Newton
“I would like to identify as an Irish Catholic Russian Jew…I mean that’s a good combination!” – Justine Clarke