What you need to know about Ruthie Henshall

Musical star Ruthie Henshall has made a surprise entrance into I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

But while you may recognise her name, you might not know much else about her.

Ruthie, real name Valentine Ruth Henshall, is 53-years-old and best known for being a star performer in the West End.

The 53-year-old is originally from Bromley.

Her multi-award winning career has seen her star in the most popular musicals of the past thirty years including Cats, Miss Saigon, Crazy For You, She Loves Me, Marguerite, Oliver!, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, Billy Elliot and Chicago.

Ruthie is the only British actress to have played all three leading female roles in the hit show Chicago.

Her television appearances include Valery in The Case for BBC, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order, The Mysteries of 71st Street, The Sound of Musicals and as a judge on Dancing On Ice.

Ruthie’s book So You Want To Be In Musicals was released in 2012.

Speaking ahead of her debut at Gwrych Castle in North Wales, she said she believed in ghosts and was worried she would frighten herself “to death” if she encountered one there.

She said: “I don’t know whether I saw a ghost or not but I think I did when I was younger. I don’t know whether I would frighten myself to death really and (get) myself into a state but I don’t think this is just it.

“There has to be something going on because there are certain things that you can’t explain and I would like to think that our loved ones are still with us, so if that is the case then yeah maybe there are ghosts.”

She also revealed she always thanks the “theatre ghosts” after her final performance inside a venue.

Referring to the tradition of leaving a lit lamp on an otherwise empty stage in between performances, she said: “Whenever I go into a theatre once I have finished the show, the last thing I do when I have ended the contract…I always go out when the ghost light is on.

“So everybody has left the theatre and I will go onto the stage with the ghost light and thank the theatre and all the theatre ghosts for having me for however long I have been in that theatre.

“I think that when people perform, if you are performing in the Palladium just maybe a tiny bit of Judy Garland fairy dust is still in there.

“That’s just one of my traditions. I just thank the theatre and the theatre ghosts for having me.”

My London – Bromley