Emmerdale star Dominic Brunt thought he saw a Cottingley Fairy!
'Emmerdale' star Dominic Brunt was certain he saw a fairy at the famous house where the Cottingley Fairies photographs were taken.
The 52-year-old actor - who plays Paddy on the ITV soap - lived at Cottingley Beck in Bradford, the property where cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths took five photos of what appeared to be real fairies.
Those photos came to the attention of 'Sherlock Holmes' creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who used them to illustrate an article on fairies for the Christmas 1920 edition of The Standard Magazine, causing much furore and debate as to whether the images were genuine.
In 1983, the cousins eventually confessed that the photographs had been faked, although both maintained that they really had seen fairies at the house.
When Dominic lived at the property he was certain he had one of the mythical creatures, but close inspection suggested his eyes had deceived him.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz, he said: “I lived at the Cottingley Fairies house and I looked out of the window once and thought I saw a fair and my heart stopped. But when I looked closer it was a dragonfly!”
Dominic is a massive horror fan and has just directed new movie 'Wolf Manor' - which is out now on DVD and digital download - but he has never had a supernatural experience himself.
And he is adamant there are no monsters roaming the Dales, or ghosts haunting the Wool Pack pub on the set of the ITV soap.
He added: “I’m too sceptical for all that. I don’t believe in ghosts, I hate mediums, I just think they’re rip offs. They’re either delusional at best, and I think they’re crooks and frauds at worst.
“I’ve never seen anything on Emmerdale. “The Wool Pack keeps moving. The interior is completely separate to the exterior. It would be a very tired, travelling ghost.”