Johnny Depp Makes Girl's Dream Come True with School Visit

Johnny Depp Makes Girl's Dream Come True with School Visit
Johnny Depp and Beatrice Delap

updated 10/08/2010 AT 10:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/07/2010 AT 03:50 PM EDT

If you want to rise up against authority, who better to reach out to than a pirate? That's what schoolgirl Beatrice Delap, 9, did when she penned a note to Johnny Depp.

Writing to his pirate alter-ego, Captain Jack Sparrow, who just happened to be stationed near her school in Greenwich, southeast London, she pleaded: "We are a bunch of budding young pirates. Normally we're a right handful, but we're having trouble mutinying against the teachers. We'd love it if you could come and help."

And aid was soon at hand, when Depp, 47, and some cohorts from the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides entered Meridian primary school Wednesday afternoon.

To gasps and a "wow" from little Beatrice, he surprised the children by strolling into a hastily-convened assembly (the school was only given ten minute's notice). Depp proffered the letter, which she'd written after visiting the film set.

"He asked where I was in the audience. I put my hand up and then I had to go up and he gave me a hug," Beatrice told London Tonight TV news. "He said, 'Maybe we shouldn’t mutiny today because there are police outside monitoring me.' "

She concurred: "I said, 'Yeah, that's probably a good idea.' "

But she might join him one day. When asked if she could be a pirate, Beatrice said, "Maybe, I sail."

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