Catherine Tate has an "open mind" when it comes to believing in the paranormal.

Catherine Tate is starring in the West End production of 'The Enfield Haunting'

Catherine Tate is starring in the West End production of 'The Enfield Haunting'

The 'Doctor Who' star is playing Peggy Hodgson, a single mother who attempts to save her three children from a poltergeist, in a West End adaptation of the supernatural drama 'The Enfield Haunting'.

The play - which will have a limited London run before transferring to Brighton - is based on a real-life testimony from ghost hunters, heard by the writer Paul Unwin about the paranormal occurrence that took place in the North London suburb in 1977 which saw sisters Janet, 11, and Margaret, 13, tormented by a malevolent presence.

Catherine would not rule the existence of poltergeists, demons and ghosts.

Asked if she believes the 1970s haunting was real on this week's 'The Graham Norton Show', she replied: “How do any of us know anything? It is more interesting keeping an open mind.”

And quizzed on whether theatre-goers will jump out of their skin, she said: “We haven’t started rehearsing yet but I believe there will be some really scary moments.”

The Enfield Haunting was investigated by Society for Psychical Research (SPR) members Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair as well as famous American demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, who visited the property and concluded that events were being caused by a supernatural entity.

Their investigation was turned in the 2016 horror movie 'The Conjuring 2'.

Tate is “thrilled” to be treading the boards in the production - which is directed by Angus Jackson at London's Ambassadors Theatre.

Catherine will appear alongside David Threlfall, 69, who is playing Grosse, an out-of-his-depth ghosthunter.

The 53-year-old actress said: “I’m thrilled to be part of 'The Enfield Haunting' and can’t wait to start working with the first-class creative team and the brilliant David Threlfall.”

The 65-year-old playwright said: "Before Guy Lyon Playfair, the poltergeist expert, died in 2018, I spent a long afternoon with him in his basement flat in Earls Court.

"He and Maurice Grosse had spent months with the Hodgson family trying to protect them, but also make sense of what was going on. What Guy told me was terrifying. So much of what appears to have happened was impossible to fake and yet at the centre of the whole thing were real people trying to make sense of their lives."

'The Graham Norton Show' airs on BBC One on Friday, October 6 from 10.40pm and is also available on BBC iPlayer.

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