Former Emmerdale star Samantha Giles, who played Bernice Blackstock on the hit ITV soap until 2019, has opened up on being a witch.
The 49 year old explained that she in fact performs spell and identifies as a witch in an interview with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning on Tuesday 4 August.
The star came on air to discuss her new childrens book, Rosemary and the Witches of Pendle Hill, when Eamonn asked her about witchcraft.
Irish presenter Eamonn said: “Now Samantha, you are a witch in real life?”
The mother of two then replied: “Well yes, sort of. It sounds a bit weird to say that, doesn’t it? But I follow Wicca and I do do spells sometimes and I make spells for other people”.
Ruth then asked: “Where did that all start for you, when did get interested in that? Tell people what a Wiccan witch is.”
Samantha responded: ‘Wicca – it’s like a religion in one way, it’s a following so it’s mostly about nature and following the natural cycle of the Earth.
“Harnessing the power of nature to use them in spells to manifest things you want to change in your life, perhaps.”
However, the star then hastened to add: “You don’t necessarily have to do spells to follow Wicca”.
This clarification comes after recently explaining to The Mirror that she utilised a love spell to enable her to meet her husband Sean 15 years ago.
Samantha is married to Sean Pritchard together they have two daughters Eve, 12 and Olivia, eight.
She said: “It isn’t as bonkers as it sounds.
“I wrote down exactly what I was after and used candles and crystals to do the magic.
“A few months later exactly what I’d written appeared. As if by magic!
“It’s no different to the book, The Secret. You ritualise and visualise and get what you want in life.”
Samantha’s new book is based on witches, and she used her kids as a soundboard for honest feedback.
The star told the This Morning presenters: “Rosemary is the eldest, she sees colours and auras around people.
“Her dad suffers from depression and she sees a cloud appear above his head. They live with four other witches and wizards, but their dad never sees them.
“When one witch goes missing, Rosemary thinks it has something to do with her dad’s cloud and wants to uncover the truth.”