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Watch: Exclusive interview with Johnny Depp at the birthplace of Dylan Thomas

09 Jul 2023 3 minute read

Video credit: Sarah Haden/@DylanThomasBirthplace

Johnny Depp was in Swansea on Friday for a gig at the city’s arena with his band The Hollywood Vampires.

However, there was one location that was a must see for the Pirates of Caribbean star.

As an avid fan of Dylan Thomas he was incredibly keen to visit the birthplace of one of his heroes.

It appears the visit had been on the cards for sometime and had a profound effect on the actor, who said he was ‘dumbfounded’ by the visit.

“We had word some weeks ago that Depp might want to visit,” said Alun Gibbard, author and guide at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace. “He was in Swansea with his band Hollywood Vampires for a gig last night. The reason for the request is that he is an avid Dylan fan. As this week arrived, we were on stand-by for a Thursday afternoon visit. That didn’t happen. Then it was a ‘might be possible Friday. We got the call at 3pm to say that he was on his way.”

Johnny Depp speaking with Alun Gibbard at the birthplace of Dylan Thomas (Credit: Alun Gibbard)

Alun said that the star was thrilled to be shown around and truly humbled to be there.

“He was so amenable and warm on the way he interacted with us, and so appreciative of being able to see the house,” said the Dylan Thomas expert. “His knowledge of Dylan was obvious, as was his knowledge of other authors he referenced in conversations as we walked through the house. He mentioned Irishman Brendan Behan, for example, in addition to the ones in the video.”

The actor and rock star was keen to know everything about the home.

“He was really interested to know the story of the house, and Geoff Haden who took over the house in 2005, and spent three years restoring it, shared that process – basically telling the story of how a run down house was turned into a house of the 1914 -1937 period, the years the Thomas’ lived there. Dylan was born there in 1914, a few weeks after his parents and his sister moved in. He lived there for 23 years and two thirds of what he published can be traced back to that house.”

Depp was also keen to promote the Birthplace and quietly made a donation towards the upkeep of the house.

“He was very supportive, giving a donation in the box without any of us noticing,” said Alun. “He was surprised that the house received no funding from the local authority or any other body and said that he would see what he could do to help.

“He has followed The Birthplace on Instagram since and that has led to a huge response from all round the world on the Birthplace social media. He’s started the ball rolling to promote the Birthplace and Wales.”

Gallery of Johnny Depp’s visit to the Dylan Thomas Birthplace

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Chloe
Chloe
7 months ago

Just goes to show, Depp taking part in an interview in a place like this, without hundreds of cameras and celebrities around. Meanwhile, she-who-must-not-be-named is seeking her Hollywood glitzy interviews, surrounded by press cameras, again. I doubt she ever read a book that she didn’t brag about reading on her Instagram account. Thank God Depp has gotten his life back and is enjoying himself, hopefully one day some other people will be able to move on as well <3

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
7 months ago

Interesting to know he took the time & effort to travel to Swansea in a personal capacity. And it’s Ironic to know Dylan Thomas is more celebrated in America than in Wales ,although we do seem to be be in a sort of cultural shock when it comes celebrating the great and the good from Wales. Talking about Swansea. Once called Copperopolis. More than half the world’s copper came from Swansea during the industrial revolution. Would most in Swansea let alone Wales know this fact. No. And why? We are not taught our own history. Another is the world famous… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Y Cymro
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

For that very interesting bit of information about ‘Corgi’ Y Cymro, diolch…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Just to mention Parys Mountain, Amlwch, Ynys Mon …

Riki
Riki
7 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

A lot of stars from Wales are celebrated more in other countries. Martha Hughes Cannon is another! This occurs because our identity and exposure is heavily regulated by the English media.

Rhiannon Lewis
Rhiannon Lewis
7 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Fascinating, thank you for adding this! We know so little about our own history

David Pearn
David Pearn
7 months ago

Dear me no funding, Disgraceful 🥲🥲🥲.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

Jeff Beck looked so happy to have his mate on stage with him at the end of his life…

Imagine if Jimmy had lived how they could have worked together…

RIP: Jimmy Hendrix…Jeff Beck…Jeff Healey…

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