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Check out the photograph from Olivia Colman’s family album which appears on her episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

PUBLISHED: 16:09 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 03 July 2018

Olivia Colman (C) BBC

Olivia Colman (C) BBC

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How ridiculously cute was Olivia Colman as a child? New family photographs of the Norfolk-born actress are revealed along with images of her ancestors ahead of her appearance on the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

The Colman family: (L-R) Caroline Colman, Percy Colman (Paternal Grandparents), Mary Colman (Mother), Keith Colman (Father), Olivia Colman (child in the middle), Patricia Leaky and Alexander Graham Leakey (Maternal Grandparents) - Family photo at Keith's graduation c.1980  (C) Mary Colman - Photographer: UnknownThe Colman family: (L-R) Caroline Colman, Percy Colman (Paternal Grandparents), Mary Colman (Mother), Keith Colman (Father), Olivia Colman (child in the middle), Patricia Leaky and Alexander Graham Leakey (Maternal Grandparents) - Family photo at Keith's graduation c.1980 (C) Mary Colman - Photographer: Unknown

Meet Norfolk-born actress Olivia Colman’s ancestors – who she meets in a forthcoming emotional episode of Who Do You Think You Are.

Here is a sneak peek into the family which Colman discovers when she travels back in time to uncover a surprising divorce scandal, courtesy of her four-times great-grandfather and pays her first-ever visit to India, where she is both stunned and profoundly moved to learn that her three-times great-grandmother, Harriot Slessor, was half-Indian and had a deeply tragic start to life.

Back in the UK, Olivia is thrilled to be able to solve a mystery involving a rumour that she had a French ancestor!

“I grew up in Norfolk and knew the Colmans were always there forever so I feel like that is my place, it’s in my bones and blood”, explains Olivia, “but I didn’t really know where my mum’s family came from so there were lots of questions.”

Charles Young Blazett and Harriot Slessor, Olivia Colman's ancestors (C) Roger Leakey - Photographer: UnknownCharles Young Blazett and Harriot Slessor, Olivia Colman's ancestors (C) Roger Leakey - Photographer: Unknown

“I’m interested in the people that have gone before because there’s fragility to life. When you go, will you be forgotten? I didn’t know what happened in my family, but I wanted to remember their loves and losses.”

* Olivia Colman’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? will air on BBC1 on Monday July 9 at 9pm.

Harriot E Slessor, Olivia Colman's maternal great, great, great, great, greatt Grandmother  - (C) Geordie and  Patricia Burnett StuartHarriot E Slessor, Olivia Colman's maternal great, great, great, great, greatt Grandmother - (C) Geordie and Patricia Burnett Stuart

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