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Masterchef host Gregg Wallace’s tears over Northern Ireland 'black sheep' of his family

Celebrity masterchef Gregg Wallace was left in tears after he visited a library in Northern Ireland in an attempt to solve a long-standing mystery about a ‘black sheep’ in his family.

The three-times married English writer, media personality and former greengrocer visited Larne Library in his bid to find out what happened to his great-grandfather, Henry Roland Springett.

Springett, who abandoned his wife and children — including Gregg’s grandfather — was thought to have deserted the Navy.

In a poignant episode of the new series of the BBC genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?, Gregg turns detective and follows the clues to the Larne and Glynn areas that enable him to piece together Springett’s life.

The journey proves to be an emotional rollercoaster that leaves Gregg (47) crying as he uncovers a tale of infidelity, heart-breaking tragedy and cruel fate.

He said: “I was looking forward to finding that someone in my family had a part to play in a great historical event. But no, it turns out it’s a story about burning babies and raving lunatics.”

Wallace hit the headlines in April when his own whirlwind marriage hit the rocks. He and wife Heidi had been together for little over a year when they split.

The couple, with a 17-year age gap, met after Heidi (30) asked him a question about celery on Twitter.

He recently said: “She is tall, beautiful and young. And very bright. I thought we had a long future together. I got that badly wrong!”

Asked what happened, he replied: “We had a row. And she suddenly said, ‘I don't want to do this any more’.”

Shortly afterwards, Gregg started seeing 26-year-old glamour model Cara Franco.

The show will air on BBC One on August 22 at 9pm.

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