Jeremy Irons is the latest celebrity to have his family history probed on the BBC program Who Do You Think You Are? Upon learning that one of his ancestors came from County Cork in Ireland, Irons confirmed what I had long suspected: all actors aspire to be genealogists.
And as luck would have it, the Beeb found that David McCreight, an old Irons who owned a linen mill, once lived 20 miles from the actor’s abode in Ballydehob. Said Irons: “It was a strange feeling of validation, not dissimilar to winning an Oscar. And with my great-great-great-great-grandfather working 20 miles down the road — that was quite extraord—”At which point his microphone was turned off and the BBC Orchestra began to play the theme to Jackass 2.