Secret Life of Twins opens the doors into this fascinating world, by meeting different pairs of extraordinary identical twins, from those separated at birth who are so similar that they have an uncanny bond, to those with such surprising differences they raise profound questions about the nature of twins. Remarkable stories, including a twin sister who made the life-changing decision to become a man and a twin who risked his own life to save his brother, cast a light not only on what it means to be a twin, but also on what it means to be human.
After months together in the womb and sometimes decades outside, twins are physically, mentally and emotionally entwined. With more twins born now than ever before, science is unravelling their secrets, helping us discover what it means to be a twin.
After nine months in the womb together, Samantha and Anais were adopted by different parents, divided by countries over 5000 miles apart for 26 years. Reunited by pure chance, their bond, their tastes and mannerisms are far greater than the distance or time that kept them apart.
The 22-year-old Brazilian Menezes twins, Vitor and Guilherme, took up dancing aged nine. The twins leapfrogged their rivals to simultaneously win scholarships to dance for the English National Ballet. Having a constant best friend with an identical passion, equal physical ability and matching talent, has put these twins on a fast track to success.
In Britain, 40% of twins say they can feel what their twin is doing, even when they’re apart. The Miller twins, Christie and Louise, often reflect each other’s moods and experience each other’s emotions. Louise and Christie have an extraordinarily close relationship. They have exceptional empathy as a result of their genetic bond and their shared time together. With their fine-tuned understanding of one another, they’ve even learned how to predict what the other will do.
Twins, like everyone else, usually have asymmetrical faces. Some ‘mirror twins’ have faces that match up with their siblings almost perfectly, even down to their freckles. Twin brothers Louis and Lucas have a symmetry that is more than skin deep.
51 years ago, Brenda Bowers was born in the American mid-west, seven minutes after her identical twin sister Bonnie. These twin sisters shared the same upbringing, always played together, attended the same school and the same church. In 1998, Brenda’s identical twin sister Bonnie, became Aiden. His choice has had a huge effect on both their lives.
Find out more about these extraordinary stories in Secret Life of Twins on Wednesday 15th July at 9pm on ITV.