Katherine Ryan and Bobby Kootstra rekindled their romance after 20 years (Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images for Moet Hennessy)

Katherine Ryan 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, 36, 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.’

Katherine and Bobby first dated 20 years ago (Picture: @kathbum/Instagram)

Bobby now lives in London with Katherine and her daughter.

Who is Katherine Ryan’s daughter?

Katherine has a 10-year-old daughter, who she refers to as ‘the love of my life’.

She had Violet with a former boyfriend, name unknown, who she dated for three years.

Katherine Ryan’s daughter celebrated her 10th birthday this year (Picture: @kathbum/Instagram)

The comedian revealed that the pair have a ‘sisterly relationship’ in an interview with The Mirror.

What is Katherine Ryan’s net worth?

Katherine is reportedly worth over £3million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

She is a regular on TV panels, has filmed a show for the BBC’s Live at the Apollo and has her own Netflix special.

Before the comic was catapulted to fame and success, she described herself as ‘really poor’ when working as a stand-up comedian in 2008.

‘I wouldn’t want my daughter to be struggling but I value that I struggled a bit,’ she said while speaking to John Bishop on his W show in 2018.

‘[Violet] will never be really poor and on her own – I hope she’s not – but I’m glad that I was.’

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