Former Portsmouth prison is haunted by ghost of EastEnders Dirty Den actor Leslie Grantham who served time there, claims paranormal investigator

FORMER EastEnders star Leslie Grantham – who became famous playing ‘Dirty Den’ – is haunting a former prison in Portsmouth where he served time for murder, a paranormal investigator has claimed in a national newspaper.

Sunday, 17th January 2021, 3:21 pm
Updated Monday, 18th January 2021, 11:35 am
Kingston Prison in Milton Road, Portsmouth, and Leslie Grantham and Anita Dobson - Dirty Den and Angie Watts in EastEnders

The soap star served 10 years of a life sentence for murder at HMP Kingston, off Milton Road, before he was released in 1976.

The former prisoner would go on to study at drama school and become a household name by playing serial-adulterer Den Watts.

Now, an urban explorer and paranormal investigator has visited the prison and claims to have encountered the actor’s spirit.

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Kingston Prison in Milton Road, Portsmouth. Picture: Sarah Standing (180837-1415)

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Spook-hunter Karl Hassall told the The Sun on Sunday newspaper: ‘We heard what sounded like Dirty Den’s voice saying ‘release them’, and ‘ search them’ – I asked ‘is there anyone here with us now’ and got a reply of ‘yeah’.’

Grantham was imprisoned after the killing of a cab driver during a botched robbery in Germany in 1966.

He landed the role he would turn into ‘Dirty Den’ in 1985, playing the unlikeable pub landlord for three years before leaving the show in 1989.

The small-screen legend died in 2018, aged 71.

HMP Kingston is set to become a 260-home development, with work to transform the site beginning last January.

It was closed by The Ministry of Justice in 2013 and sold in 2014.

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