After receiving a letter from a 9 year old schoolgirl at Meridian Primary School in London, Johnny Depp decided to pay her a visit in person dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, since he was in southeast London anyway filming the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
Student Beatrice Delap had written Depp, asking for Captain Jack’s help to organize a mutiny against the teachers. In the letter, Delap described herself as a “budding pirate”.
The school was told just ten minutes before that Depp would be arriving and two blacked-out cars swept through the school gates. An onlooker said she heard the most ‘incredible screams of joy’ as the actor, in full make-up, then entered the school. In an interview on London Tonight after the visit, Beatrice revealed what she had written in the letter to the star - or rather his salty seadog alter ego. 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, a budding pirate.’ She said that she was then asked by the star to make herself known from the assembled pupils once he arrived, and gave her a cuddle. Beatrice marvelled: ‘He gave me a hug and he said, “Maybe we shouldn’t mutiny today ‘cos there are police outside monitoring me.”’