ACTORS might relish a part in a ghostly thriller – but perhaps not when the drama’s in their own home.
A number of high profile stars are thought to have shared their homes with paranormal housemates.
This week, Australian beauty Cate Blanchett secured planning permission to knock down a cottage and shed at her home, Highwell House, in Crowborough, East Sussex, after it was agreed the colony of bats holding up her plans could be rehomed.
But the rare nocturnal animals aren’t the only things going bump in The Lord of The Rings star’s home. These celebs might well be dealing with their own phantom menaces.
Cate’s grand Victorian home, built in 1890, was previously listed as one of Britain’s 15 creepiest abandoned places and even has its own Facebook page devoted to its ghostly goings-on.
Cate, 51, bought the refurbished manor house in 2016 for £4.6 million, but before that, the seven-bed house known as Potters Manor had been fallen into disrepair. There were pentagram symbols, often used as part of Wiccan and pagan ceremonies, on the ground and on a Facebook page dedicated to the place, one poster believes their friend photographed a ghost within the walls.
It might be the mothership for one of the biggest reality shows ever and already bursting with the Kardashian Jenner clan, but Kendall Jenner is convinced her family’s Los Angeles mansion is haunted.
The model, 25, reckons there can be no other explanation for the sound of mysterious footsteps and the shower turning itself on.
She told Vogue magazine in 2018: “Kylie and I would always hear footsteps on the roof while no one was home.
"Kylie's shower used to turn on all the time and we never knew why, she said, so yeah I'm convinced it was a ghost."
William and Kate
The Royal palaces are full of ancient relics, and maybe a few spooky residents too.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge moved into their Norfolk country pile in 2014, a year after Prince George was born, but their £1.5 million refurbishment didn’t gloss over the Anmer Hall’s spooky history.
In Elizabethan times, the place belonged to the St Henry Walpole, who converted to Catholicism and, after studying abroad, wanted to return to Norfolk to preach as a Jesuit preach despite the threat of persecution.
Upon arriving back in the UK, he was taken to the Tower of London where he was tortured on the rack.
Five years later, in 1595, he was hung, drawn and quartered in York. In 1970, he was made a saint.
It’s thought his ghost likes to wander the gardens of his old home, and legend has it that when the Norfolk winds blow, he can be heard calling.
Robbie Williams and Ayda Field
The Angels singer has long been fascinated by the paranormal and had no problem sharing his vast Wiltshire mansion with ghosts.
He and wife Ayda, 41, and their four children have spent the pandemic in their Los Angeles pad, giving their eldest daughter, Teddy, some respite from the ghost in her former bedroom.
Last summer, speaking on Instagram Live, Robbie, 46, said: “There is one room I am suspicious of. It gives me the creeps.
“Teddy, our daughter, was sleeping in there. She doesn’t any more.
“She said, ‘That room scares me.’ I said, ‘OK it scares me too. You don’t have to sleep there any more.’”
Robbie bought the 18th Century home in 2009 and said then he had felt a presence. He also claims to have seen the ghost of his old dog, Trixie, there.
Henry VIII’s former wife Catherine Parr lived in the £9 million home, so it’s possible Robbie had a royal spirit.
They also believe their Mulholland Drive home, in LA, has a ghost called Bertie.
The Hello singer was glad to say “Goodbye” to her eight-bedroom West Sussex mansion last year – as she was convinced it was home to a ghost.
The Grammy winner initially lived in the huge place, and its 25 acres of land, alone, before her ex-husband Simon Konecki moved in.
But she was so creeped out, she refused to sleep there alone when she was single.
The Sun reported she told a pal in 2012: “I’m not rattling around here on my own. It gives me the creeps.”
The friend said: “She is convinced it is haunted. She knows about its religious history — and it’s a big place to be in on your own in the dead of night.”
Her solution was to hire a female bodyguard to stay with her.
Adele, whose hits include Someone Like You, sold it in 2019 after her divorce from Simon, with whom she shares their son, Angelo.
The former Friends actress reckons her first Los Angeles home was haunted.
She told James Corden on The Late Late Show: “All of a sudden, things started to happen… the dishwasher would start to go, the coffee maker would start to go… it was terrifying."
Jennifer, 51, was so convinced there was a spirit lurking in the Laurel Canyon houseshare, she asked her psychic flatmate to cleanse the place – and now does the same whenever she moves into a new place.
She said: “Now, every house I go to, I have a healer or a medium come through. This makes me sound like an absolute insane human being.”
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