Johnny Vegas discovers Elvis Presley’s impersonator cousin

Johnny Vegas is lovely with his discoveries credit: Bang Showbiz
Johnny Vegas is lovely with his discoveries credit: Bang Showbiz

Johnny Vegas has discovered a cousin who makes a living as an Elvis Presley impersonator.

The 52-year-old star is looking into his family past and joined Raymond Godwin on stage for a special performance.

After they met for the first time during tonight’s episode of ‘DNA Journey’ on ITV, Johnny said: “I thought I was the only professional performer in the family.”

Meanwhile, Raymond – who channels the King of Rock and Roll at his local pub in St. Helens, Merseyside.

He added: “In the ’80s I did indie bands. Somebody said, ‘When you sing Elvis you can sound like him, will you do it?’

‘I’ll do an Elvis. But I’m not dressing up, there’s no dignity in that.’ ”

However, Raymond charged his mind and four decades later he can be seen in a gold suit entertaining punters.

Away from the stage, he’s a social worker specializing in learning disabilities and mental health.

He said: “You see discrimination. That’s what puts fire in my belly. When you become a social worker, you get the power to change things for people. I absolutely love that.”

Elsewhere in the episode, Johnny goes to Bristol and Liverpool, and discovers how his great-grandparents Edward and Mary Ryan changed the course of history.

In 1937, they took a teacher to court after 10-year-old son Patrick lost 60 percent of his hearing after being hit over the head several times.

They won, which helped lead to corporate punishment getting banned from schools.

Johnny gushed: “That makes me proud. I don’t think their ambitions were lofty. I think they’ve just gone, ‘I don’t care what’s gone before. This is wrong.’

“I can get upset at injustices and my father raised me to ask questions about things.”

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Andrew Naughtie

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