I’m A Celeb’s Ruthie ‘at home’ in haunted Gwrych Castle as she she talks to ghosts
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I'm A Celebrity latecomer Ruthie Henshall has made the spooky admission that she regularly talks to ghosts.
The West End actress,53, entered her new digs at Gwrych Castle at the end of last night's show alongside opera singer Russell Watson.
And it would appear she’s going to feel right at home in the 19th century castle.
The stage legend has confessed she talks to ghosts regularly, thanking them for having her when she’s finished working at old theatres.
Ruthie told the Daily Star: "Whenever I finish a theatre show, after it has ended and everybody has left, I go onto the stage with the ghost light on and thank the theatre and all the ghosts for having me. It is the last thing I do. It's one of my traditions.
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"I believe in them. I think I saw a ghost when I was younger. There has to be something going on. There are certain things you can't explain. I would like to think our loved ones are still with us."
Legend has it the 19th Century fortress is haunted by the ghosts of its former residents, including a betrayed Countess who patrols the castle at night looking for vengeance.
Horrifying shadowy figures in the windows, chilling screams in the darkness and floating 'woman in white' are just some of the terrifying incidents of paranormal activity that the I'm A Celebrity campmates are facing this year inside Gwrych Castle.
The traumatised crew are reportedly 'refusing' to work in the 200-year-old castle at night after witnessing 'ghostly faces in the windows' and hearing 'horrifying noises'.
Legend has it the 19th Century fortress is haunted by the ghosts of its former residents
Forget about the Bushtucker Trials, just staying overnight in the haunted castle has become an ordeal in itself, with staff allegedly not wanting to work in certain creepy areas.
And even Ruthie is nervous about coming face to face with a ghost while in North Wales.
She added: "I don't know whether I'd frighten myself to death and get myself into a state."
Russell Watson, who will go into the castle with Ruthie in tonight's show, is also worried about seeing a ghost.
The singer, 53, said: "I'm not great with stuff like that. I am a bit of a scaredy-cat.
Just staying overnight in the haunted castle has become an ordeal in itself, with staff allegedly not wanting to work in certain creepy areas
"I'm not a big fan of the dark. When I walk into a room, the first thing I'm reaching for is the light. I won't just wander around a room aimlessly in the dark!
"But I'd like to see a ghost just to confirm that there is something out there."
It comes after presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly revealed they’d noticed some bizarre happenings themselves in the dungeon crypt.
While filming an Instagram video in the trial area, Ant spotted something in the distance and jokingly started to run away as he clutched his chest.
"It was the woman from props. It wasn't the Countess," said panting Ant.
While Dec added: "Sorry, someone's put the willies up us. Which was an experience in itself."
The Countess of Dundonald, Winifred Cochrane, supposedly haunts the castle at night in fury at her tyrannical husband
(Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)
The spooky goings on are said to have caused a stir among the ITV crew working in north Wales, but this is nothing new.
There is a real-life tragedy behind the creepy castle that lingers like a bad stench to this day.
The Countess of Dundonald, Winifred Cochrane, supposedly haunts the castle at night in fury at her tyrannical husband.
When the wealthy heiress died in 1924, she tried to leave the castle to King George V to end 1,000 years of private ownership, but the gift was refused and put to auction.
Workers claim to have experienced the presence of the old game keeper, a distressed dairy maid and a butler
(Image: Daily Post Wales)
Her husband, Douglas Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald, then sold of all her possessions so he could buy the castle for himself.
Now the furious Countess returns each night because of her husband's betrayal.
But she's not the only one terrorising the area, as workers claim to have experienced the presence of the old game keeper, a distressed dairy maid and a butler.
Some locals believe the spirit of a servant girl who died falling off a horse haunts the land, while the tyrannical Earl of Dundonald himself is said to stalk the castle corridors.