Does the Long Lost Family host Nicky Campbell see his own biological family?

Long Lost Family presenter Nicky Campbell shares a connection with those who appear on the popular ITV show because he first met his own birth mother as an adult.

Many of those he and his co-host Davina McCall reunite on the show form new and happy relationships as they make amends for all the years they have been apart.

But does the moderator see his own biological family?

The TV host didn’t meet his own mother until she was an adult (Credit:

Is Nicky Campbell Still Talking To Members Of His Biological Family?

Yes, Nicky talked about being close to his half-sister Esther.

The two of them wrote a book together about how they were both put up for adoption.

He previously said they were “very close”.

Write in the Daily mail In 2011 he said: “After meeting my mother, I was tracked down by her other long-lost baby, Esther, my half-sister. She is 18 months older than me and we are still very close. “

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He was carrying his birth mother’s coffin when she died and said he was glad he met her (Credit: ITV)

The birth parents of the host of Long Lost Family

Nicky eventually tracked down his birth mother and father.

He was adopted when he was just a few days old after his mother, Stella Lackey, traveled from Ireland to give birth in Scotland because of the shame of being pregnant when she was unmarried.

Nicky was adopted by Frank and Sheila Campbell.

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As a boy he never had direct contact with Stella, even though she had sent him Christmas cards in the first years of his life.

But it wasn’t until he was 20 years old that he made the decision to track down his birth parents.

And he said meeting his mother when it happened had no emotions and he felt he had no “spiritual” connection with her.

I saw a face that looked like mine. But I didn’t feel any emotional connection with her, nor any spiritual connection.

He told that mirror: “It was a surreal moment for me. I met my birth mother in Dublin in 1990 and for the first time saw a face that looked like mine. But I didn’t feel any emotional connection with her, nor any spiritual connection.

“Honored” to carry the birth mother’s coffin

“There was nothing. I felt pretty sorry for her if anything. She had two children from two different men in 18 months; She led a complicated, rather tragic life. But I am so grateful to have met her and felt honored to be allowed to carry her coffin when she died in 2008. “

When Nicky met other siblings, he said the reunion was “emotional”, unlike when he saw his mother for the first time.

As reported by The guardhe said, “It has been a very emotional journey – to meet all of my brothers and sisters.”

Nicky is close to his half-sister Esther (Photo credit: Brett D. Cove /

Nicky’s homage to mother Sheila

Nicky stayed close to his adoptive parents until they died.

Frank died in 1996 and Sheila didn’t die until 2019.

He paid tribute to her at the time on Twitter and told the followers that Sheila was his “real mother”.

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He wrote: “My mother Sheila died yesterday at the age of 96. We did a BBC show together about her service as a radar operator and she was very proud of her role on D-Day.

“Her life’s work was helping others as a social worker. The day she and dad adopted me was the day I won the lottery. She loved her grandchildren, and my girls absolutely adored her. Everyone did.

“I am so happy and proud to have her as my mother and we will miss her more than we can ever say. She was my adoptive mother. She was my real mother. “

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