Johnny Depp is one of the most famous celebrities out there. He’s played some of the most iconic characters around from quirky pirate, Jack Sparrow, in Pirates of the Caribbean, to the creepy cult hero Edward Scissorhands. His varied performances have seen him being labelled as one of the most versatile actors around. As with most megastars, Depp also has been involved in a lot of controversy. In recent times, he’s been locked in a brutal legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Things got so nasty that he changed a knuckle tattoo he got of her nickname ‘Slim’ to ‘Scum’ and it looks to be far from over.
Despite the rumours that go along with the legal battle, Depp spends a lot of time doing charity work and has been spotted in a number of hospitals fully dressed as the famous Jack Sparrow in an attempt to brighten the days of sick children. He’s also a member of rock band ‘Hollywood Vampires’. We’ve got everything you need to know about the controversial star, including his age, net worth and his new Russian girlfriend.
Johnny Depp was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963 making him 56. He was raised in Florida and dropped out of school at 15. Originally a ballpoint pen salesman, Johnny met up with Nicolas Cage who advised him to give acting a go. Soon after the conversation he played a teenager in the low budget horror ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’.
Johnny Depp who has now released a second album with his band Hollywood Vampires. Credit: PA
His career really took off in 1987 after he played Tommy Hanson in a popular TV series called 21 Jump Street. He began to collaborate with spooky director Tim Burton. He starred in Edward Scissorhands which allowed him to become a gothic heartthrob in Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow to name a few. He’s played the roguish Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films and showed his versatility in an on-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Johnny Depp Net worth
Johnny Depp has an estimated net worth of $200 million (£160 million).
Depp has been known to visit schools and hospitals dressed as his Pirate of the Caribbean character, Jack Sparrow. He told Graham Norton: “For me it’s a gift. [The kids] are giving me the gift. I’ve spent time in [the hospital], I was the parent, when my daughter was ill.
“I’ve known darkness in my life, but that was the darkest period ever. I’ve always done these visits, but after that, the visits became more and more important. The kids bless me; they’re so strong, they’re so courageous. But the parents are the ones who are slowly dying. And to be able to bring a smile or a giggle to these people means everything in the world to me.”
There’s been an on-going battle between Depp and his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Depp is suing Heard for defamation with regards to several pieces that she has written about alleged abuse from the Pirates of the Caribbean star. Depp claims that he was abused by Heard and has alleged that she attacked him on several occasions, including one alleged incident in which a bottle of vodka was thrown at him. Depp is now suing his former spouse for $50m after an op-ed piece in the Washington Post in 2018 in which she spoke about the alleged domestic abuse suffered.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Credit: PA
Johnny Depp is allegedly dating a 20 something year old Russian dancer named Polina Glen. A source told the Daily Mail that she isn’t a gold-digger: “She’s not looking for anything from him. She’s real. She’s young. When you’re 55 and you meet a twenty-something, there’s no drama. It’s fresh. You’re completely head over heels. She’s got a beautiful body.
“She’s not a gold-digger. She’s very down-to-earth and I think that’s why he loves her so much because she’s not the LA crowd, she’s not looking for money.”
It’s not clear whether Johnny Depp will be returning as Jack Sparrow ever again, but if he does you’ll hear it here first.