Minnie Driver Discovers Family Secrets In Who Do You Think You Are – the Oscar-nominated actress found out plenty of new information about her father;s secret past in the latest episode of BBC family history series Who Do You Think You Are.
Minnie, real name Amelia Fiona Driver, hit the big time with her performance as Harvard University student Skylar in the 1997 Oscar-winning movie drama Good Will Hunting. Her performance in this movie bought to her to the publics attention and won her further roles in movies such as Tarzan (1998) and The Phantom of the Opera (2004) as well as some great roles in tv shows such as WIll and Grace (2003-4) and The Riches (2007-8) which won her nominations for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
Minnie revealed on Who Do You Think You Are that she didn’t really know that much about her father, who was not married to her mother but actually married to someone else, a fact she discovered in her teenage years. She said on tonight’s programme “My dad lived a very split life. We just did not talk about where he came from.”
The actress said that she wanted to find out her roots as much for her young son Henry’s sake as for her own. The 4-year old was born in 2008 and although she did not say who the father was at the time of his birth she has subsequently revealed him to be a writer from her hit television show The Riches.
During the course of tonight’s programme Minnie discovered that her secretive father was actually a hero from the Second World War. Ronnie Driver was heavily involved in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first big air battle of the World War II, and he won the Distinguished Flying Medal for his brave actions in helping to save the lives of his fellow crew members.
Later in the show Minnie also discovered that she had a half cousin from her father’s first marriage and she was still alive and living near Stockport. Added to this she also discovered a half-brother of her father’s who had a successful stage career and you can see that the actress had an emotional journey during the course of the show.
Minnie Driver’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are will be repeated on BBC1 tomorrow night at 10.35 pm or is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.