Samantha Elizabeth Giles is an English actress and Author. She is best known for role as Bernice Blackstock in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. She has also portrayed Sally Boothe in the ITV drama series Where the Heart Is and Valerie Holden in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. She departed Emmerdale in 2019 to focus on other projects. In August 2020 she published her first book, titled Rosemary and the Witches of Pendle Hill.
In 2007 Sam took part in the UK ITV series ‘Have I been here before?’ hosted by Phillip Schofield. In this series celebrities had the chance to be regressed to a past life by Hypnotherapist Andrea Foulkes. In this instance she had the life of a housekeeper.
Sam describes herself as a white witch and lives according to the principles of Wicca (a modern Pagan religion). Sam believes that she had met her current husband, Sean Pritchard, in a previous life when working at a fairground. But the roles were reversed and Sam was a man and Sean was a woman.
Talking about her past life on the Wonderbirds YouTube show, she said, “It was weird really, because I was this man actually, and I’d gone to work on this fairground, and the weird thing is it was before I’d met my husband, but I looked like my husband. I had black curly hair and the woman that I was marrying, if you like, looked like me now. So when I met my husband, I had this feeling of meeting him when I saw him – ‘I know you, I’ve met you before’. So it was almost as if we’d looked like each other in another life”.
This is an example of soul groups or soul families. This where groups of soul reincarnate together and play different roles in each other lives in order to learn from them.