She got more from her past than she bargained for when she filmed an episode of BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are last year.
The Canadian comedian, 37, was back in her hometown filming for the show when she bumped into her ‘first love’ in a bar. Following the chance encounter, Katherine is now loved up and planning a future with her childhood sweetheart.
So who is the Canadian catch who swept the funny mum-of-one off her feet?
Who is Katherine Ryan’s partner?
After making a successful career out of a stand-up show full of witty one-liners about her life as a single woman, Katherine is now happily loved up with Bobby Kootstra.
Talking about the chance encounter on The Jonathan Ross Show, she said: ‘During filming I went for a night out with my sister and bumped into my first love Bobby – we dated for about a year when I was fifteen and then we split.
‘I haven’t seen him in 20 years. I’m in an old jumper, he looked like a full blood Hemsworth brother, just hot…I hadn’t seen him in 20 years.
‘Of course [I recognised him] I’m the one with the whole new face, Jonathan! I really did like him at the time.
‘When we were young, I was deeply in love with him. We were prom king and queen.’