Kate Winslet discovered the dramatic secrets of her family’s past when she appeared on Who Do You Think You Are?, but some viewers were less than impressed with her ‘OTT’ reactions.
The Titanic actress personally approached the show’s producers in order to trace a Scandinavian side of her family that she only learned of before her mum died, two years ago.
As she learnt about her working class roots in Sweden, the 43-year-old was shocked to find that her family had been affected by the famine of the 1830s.
The news that a number of children had died of malnutrition before they reached their first birthday was particularly upsetting for the actress, as she was seen gasping in horror at the news.
However, the most shocking moment came as she found her great-great-great grandfather, a stable groom, was sentenced to 35 lashes after stealing potatoes and honey to feed his starving family.
She sobbed at the revelation, empathising for her relative, who was just a year older than she currently is.
But despite Kate’s distress, fans online were less than convinced by her reactions, branding her a ‘drama queen.’
‘Kate Winslet going all out for an Oscar!!!’ one wrote, while another said: ‘I like Kate but she seems she’d be surprised by a light switch.’
Pointing out the slightly obvious, a Twitter user commented: ‘Kate, ALL your relatives from the 1800s are dead I’m sorry to tell you.’
Salt was later rubbed in the actress’ wound after discovering her great-great grandfather on her dad’s side had served in the army from the age of 11, and been forced to administer similar whippings and punishments to thieves and deserters.
Speaking about her experience on the show, the Revolutionary Road star admitted she was surprised by how ‘completely overwhelming’ she had found the experience.
‘I strive to remain grounded and pass that onto my kids,’ she told the cameras. ‘But maybe because I come from such beginnings, that’s part of my DNA.’