Youngster, 8, thrilled as actor Harrison Ford jokes with him after filming Indiana Jones movie in Grosmont, near Whitby

The hat is the unmistakable trademark of one of the movie industry’s biggest action heroes - but this time Harrison Ford appeared in the small village of Grosmont rather than Hollywood.

By Duncan Atkins
Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 12:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 12:50 pm
Harrison Ford in his Indiana Jones guise.
Harrison Ford in his Indiana Jones guise.

It is the second super star appearance in weeks in North Yorkshire after filming for the next Mission:Impossible blockbuster with Tom Cruise, which caused a flurry of excitement when he was spotted in the area to film.

Harrison Ford has been idolised by generations of film enthusiasts, ensuring his place in movie history with classics like Star Wars as well as the Indiana Jones series, where that hat became almost as famous as the man who wore it.

But mega-stardom has not stripped the star of his sense of humour, as teacher Vicki Laven discovered.

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Unexpected treat: Vicki Levan with her son Evan in Grosmont.

She was in Grosmont with her son Evan when the actor walked past the pair after emerging from Grosmont tunnel during filming.

Eight-year-old Evan kept his wits about him and asked Ford if he was Indiana Jones.

Vicki, deputy head at Seton Community Primary School in Staithes, said: “He tipped his hat and said no, he was the stunt double.

“It was absolutely amazing, it really made my son’s day.

"We knew they were filming, but didn’t realise Harrison Ford was there.

“He came out of the tunnel in his full gear – I just couldn’t speak.

“My little boy shouted to ask if he was Indiana Jones and he said he was his stunt double.

“He could not believe Harrison Ford had spoken to him and thought his friends at school would not believe him, but we have the photograph,” she said.

The encounter came as North Yorkshire emerges from the lockdowns, welcoming visitors back to its tourist destinations as well as film crews wanting to make use of the county’s distinctive landscape and attractions.

Cllr Carl Les, leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “It is marvellous to see the county is being increasingly recognised as a location for the movie industry and films like Indiana Jones will help present North Yorkshire to an international audience.”