'It’s beautiful here, lovely to see you,' Tom Cruise tells our reporters while filming on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Hollywood A-Lister Tom Cruise, 58, has exchanged the bright lights and big city of Beverly Hills for rural North Yorkshire during filming of his latest blockbuster, Mission Impossible 7.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 2:16 pm

Rumours had been in the air for several weeks that the Top Gun star would soon be in the area to film the latest instalment of the Mission Impossible series, and they turned out to be true when Mr Cruise was caught on camera stepping out of a helicopter in Pickering on Monday.

Sarah Jones, of Pear Tree House Bed and Breakfast and Holiday Cottage, had heard that Mr Cruise may be filming in the area and had spotted the helicopter landing while walking the dog.

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Pausing for the cameras - Picture by Richard Ponter

She said: “He was very relaxed and waved. He shouted how lovely it was to be here and said it was a beautiful day.”

Scarborough News journalists Richard Ponter and Louise Perrin went in search of the Hollywood megastar and were delighted to capture him on camera during a break in filming at Levisham.

Mr Cruise was relaxed and in good spirits and happy to exchange a few words with waiting reporters.

Tom Cruise in North Yorkshire Today - Picture by Richard Ponter

Filming takes place a short way from Levisham Station. The station car parks at both Pickering and Levisham have been commandeered by almost 300 cast and crew members.

The station is closed until May 15 when services resume.

With co-star Hayley Atwell - Picture by Richard Ponter
Tom Cruise talking to director Chris McQuarrie - Picture by Richard Ponter
Tom Cruise landing in Pickering on Monday, Picture by Sarah Jones