Gordon Ramsey restaurant manager dresses as Jack Sparrow & travels from London to meet Johnny Depp

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Gordon Ramsey restaurant manager Angel Roses travelled up from London in the hope of meeting his Hollywood hero in Birmingham

Excitement levels were high in Birmingham yesterday (June 6) when one of the biggest stars on the planet came to town.

Johnny Depp made it a day and to remember for many Brummies after making an appearance in the city centre, before he joined his friend Jeff Beck on stage during his concert at Symphony Hall.

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The Pirates of the Caribbean star also hired out an entire curry house for a slap-up £50,000 meal the night before the show on Broad Street at Varanasi.

Angel Roses took a day off from his job in the capital to travel to Birmingham in the hope of meeting DeppAngel Roses took a day off from his job in the capital to travel to Birmingham in the hope of meeting Depp
Angel Roses took a day off from his job in the capital to travel to Birmingham in the hope of meeting Depp

Many were able to catch a glimpse of the star, who has made a number of public appearances after his court battle with ex-wife Amber Heard.

One man who was hoping to meet the Hollywood A-lister was the manager one of Gordon Ramsay’s busy Street Pizza restaurants in London.

Angel Roses took a day off from his job in the capital to travel to Birmingham in the hope of meeting Depp, who stayed in the Grand Hotel during his visit.

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The 34-year-old manager at the famous chef’s venue in Southwark even dressed up as Jack Sparrow in a bid to catch the star’s eye on Westside.

And Angel – who has an alternative career as a singer and author – succeeded in getting a wave and smile when his hero arrived at Symphony Hall last night.

What did Angel say about his trip to Brum?

“I’m a child of the 1980s and have been hypnotised by Johnny Depp and his characters since I was aged four or five,” said Italian-born Angel, who has lived in London for the last 16 years.

“It was when he became Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean that he really took my heart away, and it’s personal as I recognise so many aspects of myself in him.

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“I’d love to meet him properly, but although he flew past quickly in his tour bus he waved and smiled at me from the window.

“I brought my mystical novel, King Of Kings, with me in the hope of giving it to Johnny, and although I didn’t manage to do that it was still worth the trip.”

Johnny Depp at Symphony Hall BirminghamJohnny Depp at Symphony Hall Birmingham
Johnny Depp at Symphony Hall Birmingham

Weside warden meets Depp

Angel was just one of scores of fans who milled around the arrival gates behind Symphony Hall on Broad Street in the hope of seeing Johnny Depp.

One person who did meet the star was Nicola Hebberts, a Westside BID street warden who was there to help control the crowds.

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Nicola said: “It was a fantastic night and was probably the best shift I have ever worked.

“There were roughly around 80 people of all ages outside Bay B, from new-borns and toddlers to the elderly, and although they were disappointed that there was no meet and greet they all enjoyed the atmosphere.

“Rob, the man in charge at Symphony Hall, came over the radio and thanked me and the wardens for our help, and then Johnny Depp hugged us and said thank you!”

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