Channel 4 has given the green-light to Born Famous, a four episode documentary series that explores how the offspring of some of Britain’s most successful self-made celebrities would have lived had their parents not found fame.
The series will follow the kids as they are sent to the communities their superstar parents grew up in, to discover what their own lives would be like today and question how different it is being young in modern Britain from when their parents were growing up.
Each will be paired with a local teenager to discover how their lives would have turned out if their parents hadn’t had the opportunities that came their way, while confronting feelings of privilege, class and celebrity and uncovering the realities of social mobility in 2018.
Talent lined up for Born Famous includes Jack Ramsay, son of TV chef Gordon Ramsay; Phoenix Chi, daughter of Spice Girl and America’s Got Talent judge Mel B; Bethany Mone, daughter of millionaire Ultimo founder Michelle Mone; and Ria Ince, daughter of former Manchester United and England football captain Paul Ince. The series is being produced by Studio Ramsay, with Chris Brogden and Helen Cooke serving as the executive producers.
“There is a myth that talent will out whatever the circumstances”, said Channel 4’s Education Commissioning Editor Emily Jones, who commissioned the four-parter. “Using extraordinary access so some of our most successful celebrities, Born Famous is a novel way to explore the degree to which we’re all in denial about how hard it is to be young today.”