Dancing With The Stars Judge Len Goodman recently filmed a new segment on his family history for a BBC1 show called “Who Do You Think You Are?”. Here’s a little teaser and history for what’s to come that you might not have known about Len.
Len, 66, suspected his relatives had been hard up, but did not know the depth of the poverty some had to live – and die – in.
During research for the show, he was told that his great-great-grandfather James Eldridge hanged himself in 1889 at the age of 69 because of the shame of being sent to a workhouse – where those unable to support themselves were offered accommodation and employment.
And Eldridge’s father-in-law John Cecil, an ex-silk weaver, had died from asthma in the Bethnal Green workhouse in 1866.
Len was born in Bethnal Green and found fame through ballroom dancing before becoming head judge on Strictly in 2004.
He also appears on the US version of the show, Dancing With The Stars.
An insider said: “Len was shocked to discover this about his family.
“He is a proud East Ender. The poverty was absolutely awful.”
The show will be screened later this year. You can read the full story at The Sun.