• Shane Jacobson in Who Do You Think You Are? Season 8 (SBS)Source: SBS
Shane Jacobson is one of Australia's favourite actors and comedians, but could he be part-Viking too?
22 Aug 2016 - 12:02 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2016 - 12:08 PM

Shane Jacobson has worked in film, television and on the stage for more than 30 years, but it was Kenny, the 2006 film about the wise-cracking dunny man, that most endeared him to the Australian public. Since then he has continued to build on his reputation as an actor as well as a comedian.   

Shane Jacobson’s father, Ron, was born into a family of carnival workers and lived in a tent until he was 21. They know nothing of their ancestry, but Shane is convinced they come from Viking stock.

His crusade will take him to Finland where Shane’s great grandfather took drastic steps that echo down the Jacobson line. His journey will take Shane to a medieval church where his ancestor was forced to sit on a shaming stool to atone for her sexual crimes.

His search for the truth behind his Viking roots is answered, and in a farmhouse Shane finds his extended Finnish family. 


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Join stars Julia Morris, Peter Garrett, Delta Goodrem, Rachel Griffiths, Mal Meninga, Jane Turner, Shane Jacobson and John Newcombe in Season Eight of Who Do You Think You Are. Starts Tuesday 13th September at 7.30pm (AEST) on SBS.

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