Johnny Depp Pays Surprise Visit to London School

By Alicia Warner

Johnny Depp surprised children in a South London school on Wednesday when he  paid them a visit after receiving a letter from one of their pupils.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor made an appearance at Meridian Primary School dressed as the film’s character Captain Jack Sparrow and held a one-off assembly for the children.

Depp took a break from filming at the nearby 18th century Old Naval College to respond to nine-year old Beatrice Delap’s letter asking for assistance staging a “mutiny” against the teachers in the Greenwich school.

In an interview with the BBC, Beatrice explained why she wrote not to Johnny Depp, but to Jack Sparrow.

She said: “Captain Jack Sparrow, At Meridian Primary School, we are a bunch of budding young pirates and we were having a bit of trouble mutiny-ing against the teachers, and we’d love if you could come and help.

“Beatrice Delap, aged nine, budding pirate.”

The school said the pirate character received a great reception from the year-five student and all of her peers as they “greeted Captain Sparrow with great applause and sang him their own pirate song.”

The visit left local children, and adults alike, green with envy about the personalised visit. Residents said they wished the ‘same privilege’ would happen to them with one local secondary school student exclaiming: “I want Johnny Depp at my school as well.”

Onlookers have regularly spotted Depp around the Greenwich area during the filming period and many have flocked to the South-east London borough just to watch the Pirate adventure film come to life.

The event has left the local school experiencing surges of publicity with the police remaining a persistent presence as the filming continues.