Liverpool’s iconic celeb visits from Rebel Wilson to Daniel Craig

In a city like Liverpool you’re never far from a famous face, whether it’s on a film set or inside one of our music venues.

But from time to time a star will pop up in a more unlikely place much to the excitement of fans, who happened to be in the right place at the right time.

From Rebel Wilson to Daniel Craig we’ve taken a look at some of the most iconic celebrity visits that have happened in Liverpool in recent years.

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Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson with Andrew Flynn outside Mustard and Co restaurant on College Road in Crosby
Rebel Wilson with Andrew Flynn outside Mustard and Co restaurant on College Road in Crosby

Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson was seen doing a spot of sightseeing in the city earlier this year as she enjoyed a break from filming.

During her time in Merseyside the Pitch Perfect star was taken to the home of Paul McCartney, as she was given a special Beatles tour.

She was seen standing outside of Paul’s historic home and outside of Strawberry Fields.

Writing on Instagram, Rebel said: “Deb took me on a Beatles tour across Liverpool today. This is us outside Paul McCartney’s childhood home.”

Rebel Wilson takes a dip in the chilly waters of Marine Lake in West Kirby
Rebel Wilson takes a dip in the chilly waters of Marine Lake in West Kirby
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Later in the afternoon, she dropped into East River restaurant, on Allerton Road.

Rebel came to the region for filming for The Almond And The Sea Horse, a feature adaptation of Kaite O’Reilly’s stage play.

James Corden and Sir Paul McCartney

James Corden and Sir Paul McCartney filming Carpool Karaoke in Liverpool
James Corden and Sir Paul McCartney filming Carpool Karaoke in Liverpool
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Paul McCartney’s appearance on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke is a moment that most fans won’t forget in a hurry.

The Beatles Star was spotted in several areas of the city for filming including in a car on Allerton Road, in the city centre and at the Beatles statue on the Pier Head where he posed for a selfie.

Paul McCartney and James Corden in Liverpool
Paul McCartney and James Corden in Liverpool
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He also returned to his childhood home, where he even gave the now owner a piano performance before visiting several places referenced in the song ‘Penny Lane’.

However, the highlight of the show was when the singer-songwriter surprised locals with an intimate performance at the Philharmonic pub, appearing from behind curtains, much to the shock of pub-goers.

Daniel Craig

Actor Daniel Craig in the stands before the Premier League match at Anfield on Saturday April 1, 2017
Actor Daniel Craig in the stands before the Premier League match at Anfield on Saturday April 1, 2017

As a huge Liverpool FC fan Daniel Craig, aka, James Bond has been spotted in the crowd at Anfield a few times over the years.

The Hollywood Star was pictured watching Liverpool win the Merseyside derby 3-1 back in 2017, dressed in a leather bomber jacket, grey cardigan and a flat cap.

Actor Daniel Craig in the stands before the Premier League match at Anfield on Saturday April 1, 2017
Actor Daniel Craig in the stands before the Premier League match at Anfield on Saturday April 1, 2017

Craig, 53, was born in Chester but his family later settled in Hoylake, and he attended Hilbre High School.

He is set to star in his final bond film, No Time to Die, later this year after the release date was postponed due to the pandemic.

Indira Varma, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Cranham

The stars turned up for a meal at the Italian Club on Bold Street back in 2018
The stars turned up for a meal at the Italian Club on Bold Street back in 2018

One Liverpool restaurant that welcomed not one, not two, but four Hollywood stars through its doors was the Italian Club on Bold Street.

Back in April 2018 the restaurant played host to actors and actresses from Game of Thrones, Dr Who, Harry Potter and Maleficent.

Indira Varma, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Cranham posed for a photo together as they enjoyed a culinary feast at the restaurant.

Sharing the photo on Instagram the restaurant wrote: “As you do….just hanging with Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), Matt Smith (Prince Philp, The Crown) and the IMMENSE and incredible Ralph Fiennes of so many wonderful films…and not to mention for us older folk, Kenneth Cranham a.k.a Harvey Moon….what a bunch of gracious and beautiful people!

“Thanks for another great night in The Italian Club History!”

Samuel L Jackson

Samuel L Jackson at Neon Jamon in Allerton, with staff Paul Hutchinson and Amy Rawcliffe
Samuel L Jackson at Neon Jamon in Allerton, with staff Paul Hutchinson and Amy Rawcliffe

Staff at Neon Jamon were full of excitement when Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson turned up totally out of the blue.

The Pulp Fiction Star was filming in Blackpool when he stopped off for a bite to eat at the Smithdown Place restaurant back in 2015.

Samuel and five others ordered a feast of tapas at the restaurant including squid, tapas and chorizo.

In an interview the following year he told Radio One how much he loves Liverpool.

He told Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw: “I love Liverpool, the city.

“It’s actually great, we had a great time. In fact, we actually drove down from Blackpool last year while we were shooting this film to have lunch.”

Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard poses with Theresa Lim (far left) and customers at Liverpool restaurant Yuet Ben
Cliff Richard poses with Theresa Lim (far left) and customers at Liverpool restaurant Yuet Ben

Yuet Ben on Upper Duke Street in Liverpool city centre first opened its doors in 1968.

The family-run restaurant has also became internationally renowned when it was featured on cooking programmes broadcast across the world.

And Sir Cliff Richard himself is among the famous faces to have dined in the restaurant over the years.

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