Kate Garraway discovers she is related to the creator of Paddington Bear

Kate Garraway has discovered she is a relative of Paddington Bear’s creator, Michael Bond.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, was introduced to Karen Jankel, the daughter of the late author, as part of the ITV series DNA Journey.

The couple have been with their grandparents three times and shared an emotional embrace after meeting near the London train station bearing the character’s name.

The famous children’s book character came to London from the deepest, darkest forests of Peru and first appeared in 1958 in the book A Bear Called Paddington.

Ms Jankel told Garraway she wanted to introduce her to her “famous brother” before revealing a stuffed toy by Paddington Bear, complete with a travel card that reads “Darkest Peru” .

“Paddington and I grew up together,” she told her.

“The reason is that my father is Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington, which means of course you are related to Michael Bond as well.”

She said of the marmalade-loving bear: “He has always been a part of my family. He was so real to our family, and now to yours, because he was a family member.

“He used to sit at the table during meals and my father used to talk to him and talk through him to us. Of course, I never knew anything else because he was always around.”

Ms. Jankel also showed Garraway a copy of her first edition of A Bear Called Paddington, signed by her father in September 1959.

“It was always my absolute favorite growing up,” says Garraway.

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“For years, people have told me that I actually have a connection with Paddington Bear about me and that it is because nonsense to him has caused an unusual amount of chaos.”

The TV star also joked that she used to eat marmalade sandwiches often during college.

British author Bond published more than 20 books about Paddington Bear before his death in June 2017 at the age of 91.

His work, famous for its hat, suitcase, and duffel coat, remains a classic of children’s literature and was featured in a sketch with the Queen during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. grandma this year.

Paddington’s books have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and have been translated into about 30 languages.

The episode also shows Garraway visiting Bristol with fellow TV presenter Alison Hammond to hear about her distant relative Frederick Lambert, her first cousin three generations removed.

Lambert lived and worked as a photographer in the city during the 1840s while still a teenager.

DNA Journey airs at 9 p.m. Thursday on ITV.

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