A Northern Ireland woman has become the oldest ever participant in the hit ITV series Long Lost Family. Margaret Sweeney (83), who is from Armagh but now lives in Perth, Scotland, is featured in Monday night's episode, in which hosts Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell attempt to track down the daughter she was separated from over 60 years ago. The journey to find Margaret's long-lost daughter Catherine takes the presenters as far as Brisbane in Australia. Margaret's story is one familiar to many single women of the time who grew up under the influence of a conservative Catholic background, with many forced to give up children following advice from the church. The great-great-grandmother moved to London as a teenager to escape her strict Catholic upbringing, becoming pregnant shortly after. The father of the child abandoned Margaret and, unable to return home, she was forced to seek refuge in a convent. In the show she describes her terrible experience under the care of nuns, in which … [Read more...] about Armagh pensioner tracks down daughter in ITV’s Long Lost Family
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A Newmarket-born scaffolder has been reunited with the sister he didn’t know he had and his mother who gave him for adoption when he was born 50 years ago. The family’s reunion, in the town’s Rutland Arms Hotel, will be just part of their story told in Monday’s episode of ITV’s Long Lost Family which will detail how Nick Rhoades, and his sister, Cayley Cox, were both longing to find each other but missed an opportunity several years ago because they were both too scared to make the first move.Researchers for the popular show took up their case and finally were able to bring them together and track down their mother, Jackie Cruz, who made the 3,000 mile trip from her home in Chicago to be reunited with the son she gave birth to in Newmarket Hospital but gave up for adoption and the daughter she left to be raised by her grandmother when she married an American and moved to the States.Nick grew up in Croydon and had a happy childhood but when he was a … [Read more...] about Long lost family are reunited in town after decades apart
Long Lost Family presenter Nicky Campbell: I understand the rejection many adopted people feel BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Of all Nicky Campbell's career feats, his involvement with Long Lost Family is the one of which he's proudest. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/long-lost-family-presenter-nicky-campbell-i-understand-the-rejection-many-adopted-people-feel-37833969.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article37833968.ece/5d695/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-02-20_lif_48116826_I1.JPG Email Of all Nicky Campbell's career feats, his involvement with Long Lost Family is the one of which he's proudest. And he certainly has reason to be, with the Bafta-winning anthology series having succeeded in its aim to reunite hundreds of close relatives after years of separation. "I love it. It's like nothing else; I can't quite believe how lucky I am," begins the broadcaster (57), who co-presents the heartwarming ITV hit, alongside Davina McCall. "Sometimes I do my BBC Radio … [Read more...] about Long Lost Family presenter Nicky Campbell: I understand the rejection many adopted people feel
Lifestyle / Entertainment by Press Association 19/02/2019, 12:03 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Nicky Campbell was adopted at four days old and has struggled with his emotions presenting an ITV show tracing the origins of abandoned children. The broadcaster has traced his own roots to Ireland and the IRA after wondering about his background before adoption, and says he has suffered a sense of rejection throughout his life. Working on the ITV special Long Last family: Born Without A Trace, Campbell has been pained to follow the stories of foundlings abandoned with no history or identity. The presenter said he has “moments” of emotion on Long Lost Family, which he tries not to reveal on screen, as he and an expert team try to find the origins of those who had been left “without a trace”. He said: “I understand, no matter how happy your adoption is, that nagging sense of rejection that many … [Read more...] about Adopted Nicky Campbell struggled with emotions on Long Lost Family
DAVINA McCall is TV royalty after fronting some of the nation's biggest programmes - most famously Big Brother. She has split from her husband of 18 years but returned to TV earlier this year with Long Lost Family... Who is Davina McCall? Davina is a 51-year-old TV presenter and personality who shot to fame in the 90s thanks to her work with MTV. She was born October 16, 1967, in Wimbledon. Davina was raised by her grandparents after her parents split at the age of three, before moving in with her dad as a teen. She married Andrew Leggett in 1997 and divorced him in 1999. She went on to wed Matthew Robertson in 2000. The star first became a presenter in 1992, and in the 25 years that have passed, she has hosted a number of successful TV shows - most notably Big Brother while it was on Channel 4. Other shows of note include Streetmate - which has since been rebooted with Scarlett Moffatt - Million Pound Drop, Long Lost Family and The Jump. She is also a frequent supporter … [Read more...] about How old is Davina McCall, what is the Long Lost Family host’s net worth and has she divorced her husband Matthew Robertson?