EXCLUSIVE: The Traitors arch-schemer Wilf Webster is favourite to scoop the prize in hit BBC reality show according to one of his first ‘murder’ victims

  • Exclusive: Arch-schemer Wilf Webster is favourite to scoop prize in The Traitors
  • Show pits 22 people against each other in Scottish castle in a game of betrayal
  • £120,000 prize money is on offer but Faithfuls only win if they banish all Traitors 
  • Who ARE The Traitors? Read more about the contestants here 

Arch-schemer Wilf Webster is favourite to scoop the prize in TV’s massive reality hit show The Traitors as it reaches its thrilling climax tonight, according to one of his first ‘murder’ victims.

The nail-biting show, hosted by Claudia Winkelman, pits 22 contestants against each other in a Scottish castle in a murder-filled game of betrayal.

The majority of contestants, the ‘Faithfuls’, must work out who amongst them are the ‘Traitors’.

Former police officer Claire Barratt, 43 was the second contestant to receive the Traitors’ dreaded ‘death letter’ in the programme in which the faithfuls try to root out the traitors by banishing them – before one faithful is secretly murdered each night.

While she was still in Humberside Police, she started making bags on her dining room table, but left the police when the business began to take off, partly due to her promotional skills on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, where the ‘yummy mummy’ boasts 1m followers.

Former police officer Claire Barratt, 43 was the second contestant to receive the Traitors’ dreaded ‘death letter’ in the programme

Entrepreneur and mother-of-six Claire told MailOnline her ‘head is telling her’ Wilf (pictured) will win

Now her brand, Claireabella, which has expanded from just bags to incorporate beach towels, suitcases and other items, has become a multi-million pound business.

Entrepreneur and mother-of-six Claire told MailOnline: ‘As a former faithful myself, obviously my heart wants them to win, and Hannah would be my choice.

‘But my head says that Wilf is playing an absolute blinder, so I’m afraid he will pick up the prize, either on his own, or with [newly recruited fellow traitor] Keiran.’

In common with all the contestants who left the show before the final episode, Claire has no idea who actually won.

Up for grabs is up to £120,000 in prize money, which the faithfuls only win if they manage to banish all the traitors, otherwise the backstabbers claim the lot.

Claire, from Hull, says the experience of appearing on the show was one of the best things she has ever done, and said she and her four biological children, and two step-daughters aged between 23 and four, have been glued to the set ever since the series began.

Claire, from Hull, says the experience of appearing on the show was one of the best things she has ever done, and said she and her four biological children, and two step-daughters aged between 23 and four, have been glued to the set ever since the series began

‘People have been coming up to me in the street asking me who’s won, and I have to tell them I’ve got absolutely no idea,’ she said.

‘It was a really brilliant group of people and we got on so well, and I reckon we’ll be friends for life, even though we went through such a stressful time on the show and were always talking about each other behind our backs when being filmed!

‘It was after all just a game, albeit a very intense one, and everyone understood that. We all describe ourselves as ‘trauma-bonded.’

‘It was the best kind of trauma, but only we know what it was like in there and we’re like a big close-knit family and a few of us have met up after the show finished, even the traitors who were banished – there’s no animosity.’

The nail-biting show, hosted by Claudia Winkelman, pits 22 contestants against each other in a Scottish castle in a murder-filled game of betrayal

Claire didn’t tell fellow contestants of her police past, fearing it could lead to an early exit, but her inquisitive mind and strong personality made her the second target for the traitors’ axe anyway in episode three.

‘I think I could have been a traitor,’ she said, ‘but I wanted to be myself on the show, rather than having to lie my way through it, so I’m glad I was able to stay true to that, even if I did get murdered early.’

Would she return to reality TV if the chance arose? ‘I would absolutely love to, because the people that I met, and I don’t just mean the cast, but everyone involved in it, was just the best experience of my life.

‘I went on there because, I just wanted to be me, not the mum, not the businesswoman, I didn’t want to be any of that for a short period of time.

‘And that’s exactly what I did, and it was phenomenal. So if I ever got the chance to do that again, I’d jump at it.’

Dutch producer IDTV created The Traitors, which has been picked up in 11 markets including the BBC in the UK and Network 10 in Australia.

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