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Lesley Smith (born 1957) is a scholar, historian, heritage publicist and actress. She was resident historian on the television show Most Haunted Live! until October 2009 and presenter of Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders. She has also been featured on the show The Worst Jobs in History.[1 ]



Aside from her TV work, Smith is the curator and lessee of Tutbury Castle, a position granted by the Duchy of Lancaster, for which she works as Public Relations Officer.[2] Since taking the position in the year 2000, she has presided over a 12-fold increase in visitor numbers. To reward her achievements, the University of Derby recently awarded Smith an honorary master’s degree.[3] At the conferment of the degree, she was described as "a remarkable social historian of the 16th century who is passionate about and committed to raising public understanding of the subject."[2]


Smith is also well-known for her dramatic interpretations of Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, for which she dons authentic replica costumes.[4] She performs regular ghost hunt evenings, in character, at Tutbury.[5] She also takes these reenactments, as well as those of Nell Gwyn and Anne Boleyn, to theatrical and charitable venues.[6]


She is currently studying for a master's degree at the University of Birmingham, working in conjunction with its Medical School on topics involving 16th century gynaecology.[2] She has lectured there on her discoveries relating to 16th century contraception such as the use of leather condoms, and citrus fruit as cervical caps.[7] She is also a regular contributor to the Journal of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and has delivered lectures to groups such as the Royal Institute of Chemists, Royal Society of Medicine and the Scottish Parliament at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.[2]

She is married and has a son named Henry. Her elder sister is Annette Day who starred with Elvis Presley in the 1967 film Double Trouble


  1. ^ "Lesley Gets a Degree (2007)". News,, reprinted from The Burton Mail (19th Jan 2007). Retrieved 2007-08-09.  
  2. ^ a b c d Conferment of the honorary degree of Master of the University, University of Derby
  3. ^ "'Queen' Rewarded For Modern Day Castle Invasion". Press office, University of Derby (December 4, 2006). Retrieved 2007-08-09.  
  4. ^ Bess their souls, Lee Karen Stow, The Express, London, March 22, 2003
  5. ^ Ghost writer, Lorne Jackson, Sunday Mercury, Birmingham, September 26, 2004
  6. ^ Queen Lesley entertains the theatre crowd, Birmingham Mail, England, May 1, 2007
  7. ^ Q & A with Lesley Smith, Most Haunted website

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