Viewers of I'm A Celebrity might have been surprised to spot a ghostly figure in one of the windows of Gwrych Castle on Sunday. And, reportedly, it turns out even the show's crew are too scared to work in the dark at the Welsh castle due to Gwrych's notorious haunted reputation.
According to The Sun, crew have witnessed 'shadowy figures' and heard 'horrifying noises' - meaning production crews are insisting on sticking together during the evening. And even those who don't believe in the paranormal are spooked. One source told the paper, 'Several of the crew are completely horror-stricken and don’t want to go up to the castle. There are lots of lights on the main sets but there are also many dark areas behind the scenes and some noises are extremely spooky. Even staff who don’t believe in that sort of thing are reluctant to go up to some parts that were supposed to be used for running equipment and camera positions.'
It's hardly surprising the crew are feeling this way, as even the Gwrych Castle website itself says that 'real life ghost encounters by visitors to Gwrych Castle are commonplace'. (One of the castle's most famous ghosts is thought to be Winifred Bamford Hesketh, Countess of Dundonald, who inherited Gwrych from her father in 1894 - however, when she died of heart failure at 64, her husband tried to erase all memory of her.)
At least the celebs are being paid handsomely to deal with the ghosts - it's estimated by The Sun that Sir Mo is on a nice £300,000, with Vernon on half of that at £150,000. Corrie's Bev is thought to be on £125,000, with Russell on a cool £100,000. Jessica, Ruthie and Victoria are estimated to be on £75,000 each - with Hollie and AJ believed to be making £50,000.