Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard has vowed to tough it out in the I’m A Celebrity castle – with the help of Deirdre Barlow’s ghost.
The series’ new camp at haunted Gwrych Castle in Abergele, north Wales, is home to three spirits.
But Beverley is putting on a brave face to tough it out alongside the terrifying trio. And she has experience of ghostly goings-on – thanks to Coronation Street.
The actress, 63, says one set used to film Corrie was sometimes “eerily cold”. And she believes the ghost of late castmate Anne Kirkbride haunts her.
Anne, inset, who played show favourite Deirdre for 42 years, died in January 2015.
But Bev said she has felt her pal’s presence ever since.
She explained: “I don’t want to get too personal. But after Annie Kirkbride died, I always had a photo of her in my dressing room until my last day.
“And when I went on to the Barlow set, I know I could still feel her.”
She said of the spooky I’m A Celeb castle: “Someone told me it’s haunted. That does scare me a bit. If it’s a bad ghost, I would faint.”
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Beverley is back on her feet after a routine hip operation left her fearing she would be in a wheelchair for life.
But despite the setback, she insists she will not be dodging challenges.
Bev said: “The only thing they said I couldn’t do was bungee jumping.
“Everything else I can do and will want to.”
But she admitted there is one thing she does fear, adding: “Obviously, I’m scared people won’t like me.
“Having said that, when people see me in that outfit with no makeup, and Worzel Gummidge hairstyles, they might vote me out first.”
Bev’s campmates include Paralympian Hollie Arnold.
The javelin champ, 26, hopes to prove that being disabled does not hold you back.
Hollie said: “I’m going to give everything a go as good as I get, really. This is incredible for me – incredible for my sport and disability.”
Meanwhile, dancer AJ Pritchard revealed he would have paid to take part in I’m A Celeb to boost his career.
The former Strictly pro, 26, said: “I would pay to do this show. I will literally say that out loud.”
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