Former THREE DEGREES star Sheila Ferguson has become the victim of racial abuse while performing in a pantomime in Canterbury, England.

Ferguson, who found fame as a reality TV star in the UK last year (04) in I'm a celebrity... GET ME OUT OF HERE!, was heckled as she played Cinderella's fairy godmother at the Marlowe Theatre.

Midway through her act, an audience member shouted at Ferguson, "We don't want n**gers in Canterbury."

The 58-year-old, who refused to let the incident halt her performance, says, "Some people's ignorance is inbred."

Local police are investigating the abuse, which occurred earlier this week (begs05DEC05).