In October 2010, actor Johnny Depp paid a surprise visit to the Meridian Primary School in London, England, while he was dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean fame. He made the visit in response to this letter by nine-year-old pupil Beatrice Delap: “Captain Jack Sparrow, At Meridian Primary School, we are a bunch of budding young pirates and we were having a bit of trouble mutinying against the teachers, and we’d love if you could come and help. Beatrice Delap, aged nine, a budding pirate.” A witness responded hearing “incredible screams of joy” as Mr. Depp and some other actors dressed as pirates entered the school. Mr. Depp went to Beatrice’s class and asked her to identify herself. Beatrice said, “He gave me a hug and he said, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t mutiny today ’cause there are police outside monitoring me.’” Indeed, police were always around the nearby 18th century Old Naval College, a major location in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie that Mr. Depp was then filming. Mr. Depp had previously done a few remarkable good deeds in London. In March 2007, the kidneys of Lily-Rose, his then eight-year-old daughter, failed. She was treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and medical personnel saved her life. Mr. Depp donated £1million to the hospital. Previously, while dressed as Captain Sparrow, he had visited ill children in the hospital and told them bedtime stories.
For Further Information: Jody Thompson, “‘Help us mutiny’: Johnny Depp pays surprise visit to London primary school dressed as Jack Sparrow after letter from girl, 9.” Daily Mail (UK). 12 October 2010
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