From reliving their glory days to joining the RAF, where is the cast of Most Haunted now?

TWO decades ago this month, sinister spirits burst on to our TV screens thanks to the fearless ghost hunters of Most Haunted.

The paranormal reality series, which first aired on Living TV in 2002, tasked investigators with getting to the bottom of spooky occurrences around the UK.

To date, the series, fronted by Yvette Fielding and Karl Beattie, has broadcast over 300 episodes, but as of 2019 it's been off TV.

Here, we take a look at what the main cast have been up to in the 20 years since it first aired.

Yvette Fielding

Host Yvette was first introduced to the nation as a host of Blue Peter in 1987, becoming the youngest ever presenter of the kids' show.

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In 2002, she and her husband Karl started up Antix Productions, and Most Haunted was the first show to come out of its stable.

The series proved a smash hit, leading Yvette to also star in the spin-off Ghosthunting With…, which saw her investigate further haunts with stars like Girls Aloud and the cast of Towie.

In 2010 she announced her departure from Most Haunted, claiming she would be stepping back from all her paranormal shows.

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Yvette had another foray into reality TV with I'm A Celebrity in 2015 and finished the show in tenth place.

Outside of TV work she has released several books on the paranormal, as well as penning children's book The House in the Woods.

She is still happily married to Karl and her son, William Sweeny, got married during the pandemic.

Derek Acorah

Resident psychic Derek started out as co-presenter of the show with Yvette in 2002.

He first rose to fame by making spooky predictions, but what was at first a glittering partnership on Most Haunted very quickly turned toxic.

Derek fell foul of a set-up scene on the show in 2005 and claimed to be possessed by a South African jailer called Kreed Kafer – someone who never existed.

The show's resident sceptic Ciaran O'Keeffe left the name on a piece of paper at Bodmin jail to test the medium and later revealed the name was an anagram of Derek Faker.

It resulted in him being shunned as a liar and led to his departure from the series.

After losing his plum TV gig, Derek branded Yvette as "egotistical" and "big-headed", and their professional relationship never recovered. In return, she branded him a fake.

In 2015, Derek said: "It doesn't matter at all what people like Yvette Fielding say – I don't allow them to run me down.

"I've been crucified and lied about; there is a lot of jealousy out there, but I haven't opened my mouth about Yvette for years – I had a confidentiality clause and if I'd said anything negative, I'd have been sued and pursued and all my money would have been taken away."

Since leaving the show he has made a cameo in 2006 in Doctor Who alongside David Tennant and Billie Piper and featured in other paranormal shows including Derek Acorah’s Ghost Towns and Paranormal Egypt.

In March 2014 he was convicted of driving without due care and attention and failing to provide a breath sample following a car crash. He was given a 28 month driving ban and a fine of £1,000.

Derek's last TV appearance was on the 2017 series of Celebrity Big Brother – where he took a respectable fourth place.

Sadly, in January 2020, he died in hospital following a short battle with pneumonia after developing sepsis at 69 years old.

Glen Hunt

Sceptic Glen appeared from 2015 onwards to bring more balance to Most Haunted.

Since starring on the series, he has gone on to present on several radio stations and most recently hosted All Our 80s for BBC Radio Lancashire.

Alongside Yvette, he also co-hosts the Anytime Podcast, which is described as a "rude, lewd and crude" show about everyday topics "away from the paranormal".

Karl Beattie

Karl is one half of Antix Productions alongside his wife Yvette.

He appeared in all the Most Haunted series and often pops up at the Experience events the cast does live across the country.

He is currently producing Most Haunted: The Movie, according to his IMDB page.

He often posts about his daughter Mary on his social media, and has expressed his pride at her becoming a medic in the RAF.

Martin Smith

Martin appeared on the show in 2007 as one of their many psychics but in 2010 he was disgraced when he was exposed as a predatory paedophile.

In December 2007 he fled the country after he and his partner were accused of child abuse.

He had to be extradited from Spain in May 2010 to face justice on UK soil and days later his partner killed their two children.

The disgraced telly star had groomed his female victim from the age of eight and used hypnotism to rape and molest her over the course of a decade.

He was jailed in 2011 for 16 years after being found guilty of 11 rapes, attempted rape, indecency and indecent assault between 1995 and 2004.

During court proceedings, his victim said: "He thought he knew how to hypnotise me. It didn't work, I was still awake. Then he would rape me."

The court also heard that he used violence to bully her until she complied with his demands.

In 2012 he was found hanged in his cell in HMP Manchester.

Mary Beattie

As the daughter of Karl and Yvette, it was inevitable that Mary would join the show – which she finally did in 2018 as a presenter.

Since appearing on the show, she has gone on to join the RAF as a medic and graduated into the force in November 2021.

Mary is still supportive of her fellow Most Haunted castmates and tells followers to "stay spooky" in her Twitter bio.

Prior to joining the forces, she did a series of YouTube videos exploring her witchcraft skills including things like casting a protection circle.

She was also a common fixture at the Most Haunted Experiences live events but appears to have stopped doing them since joining the RAF.

Fred Batt

Historian Fred appeared on the show in 2003 as a guest before landing a more permanent role from 2010 to 2011, and again from 2013 onwards.

Before appearing in the series as a 'demonologist', he had owned Ceasar's, a 2,300 capacity nightclub in London.

Nowadays, he focuses on his website which brands him as a "master of the dark arts".

He is also flogging video messages through celeb greeting service Thrillz and runs Most Haunted experiences across the country.

Stuart Torevell

Stuart appeared on the show as a paranormal investigator, and he'salso a camera operator and rigger for Antix Productions.

The 48-year-old is also a cousin of Yvette and still works with her on Most Haunted experiences across the country.

Sadly he has been struggling with health issues and on March 14 underwent an MRI scan, but he did not disclose the reason why.

According to his Instagram page, he hasn't been lucky in love and is still single.

Gregg Smith

Gregg gained a reputation on the show for being its most fearless cameraman, but since joininghas not worked on much else.

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He has credits on other films and shows up until 2009, including Songs of Praise and Richard & Judy.

Mainly, Gregg is found at Most Haunted events and filming the show for their TV channel.

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