Is the Coronation Street set really haunted and cursed?

Well, many of the cast and crew believe so, and what’s more, they believe this ghostly presence has “cursed” both cast and crew could well account for some of the tragedies and accidents that have befallen Corrie insiders of late.

pat-phoenix coronation streetSome cast and crew members also claim to have seen the ghost of legendary Corrie actress Pat Phoenix while others say they’ve seen an apparition with “long dark hair who wears a long coat.”

It’s also rumoured that the set of Coronation Street was built on the site of a former cemetery where around 22,000 people were buried, and many believe this adds credence to the ‘sightings’…

However, some local experts believe that the set isn’t built on the site of the old cemetery but rather, across the road from it. The picture below was taken in 1914 and is supposedly the site on which Granada Studios was built but this website claims that it is “On the other side of Lower Bryrom Street, from the studios, is a park that has featured in Coronation Street occasionally” and it is in fact this park that is the site of the original church and cemetery.


Nonetheless, speaking to The Sun about the show’s “run of bad luck”, actress Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen Grimshaw, said, “So many people have seen and felt the same things that there has to be something in it.”

A source said to be a “show insider” added, “The curse of Corrie is no joke among everyone involved with the soap. Simon Gregson [who plays Steve McDonald] and Betty Driver [Betty Williams] have recently had to take time off with mystery illnesses.

“So much bad luck just can’t be explained away logically. There are a lot of people convinced that there’s something really spooky going on.

“It’s making everyone think twice about being alone in the studios, especially at night. No one wants to be the last person left in the building.”

Recent tragedies and accidents affecting the cast and crew include the show’s director Kay Patrick who was knocked over by a car after it appears the vehicle’s accelerator “jammed”.

And of course, several of the cast members have recently experienced tragic bereavements, such as Bill Roache whose wife died, Samia Smith whose dad died, and Kym Marsh whose baby died after being born prematurely.

Dr Ciaran O’Keefe Parapsychologist Dr Ciaran O’Keefe has investigated the sightings and he came to the conclusion that the ‘ghost’ could’ve “risen from the spirits under the set.”

And it seems that a lot of the people involved in the show believe this to be true.

The cemetery was demolished three decades before the Granada studios began building on the site – even though whether or not it is in fact on the site of the cemetery is disputed – but apparently, even the show’s original creator Tony Warren is utterly convinced that the set is haunted. He’s among those who reckon they’ve seen the ghost of Pat Phoenix wandering the set. Others claim to have seen her during the 1990 celebrations for the show’s 30th anniversary.tony warren and pat phoenix

Tony Warren said of his ‘sighting’ of Pat Phoenix, “I would smell this great gale of perfume and one of my dogs, who would always go bananas when Pat came to the house, suddenly started to behave as if she was there again.

“It was really very odd, but I was not afraid. Pat is welcome at my place anytime, dead or alive.”

And in fact, the Most Haunted team carried out an investigation at the Corrie set in 2006. Here’s some footage from the show…

You can see parts 2 and 3 of that show by clicking here.

Some of the Corrie cast also took part in the series Ghost Hunting With… and you can read all about what happened to them during those investigations here which includes clips from the show.

So what do you reckon? Is the set haunted or is everyone just spooking each other? Let us know if you’ve ever visited the set and had any ‘odd’ experiences too!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.