Mission Impossible 7 locations: where has Tom Cruise been seen filming stunts - from Birmingham to Derbyshire

From crashing trains to ordering double helpings of chicken tikka masala, Cruise’s working visit to the UK has been eventful to say the least

Filming on Mission: Impossible 7 has been taking place around the UK, with production wrapping up in the last few days.

As part of the making of the film, star Tom Cruise has been spotted carrying out some audacious stunts in otherwise unsuspecting locations.

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Filming was scheduled to begin in Italy in February 2020 but production was halted as coronavirus cases rose in the country.

After a delay, filming restarted at locations including Warner Bros Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire.

Earlier this month, the film’s release was delayed from November until May 2022 as coronavirus continues to disrupt international schedules, with Mission: Impossible 8 slated for release in 2023.

But just where has Mission: Impossible visited in the UK?

Here is everything you need to know.

Bedfordshire

In May, Cruise was sighted in Heath and Reach as he posed for photos with residents before heading off to film .

Heath and Reach is a village and civil parish near the Chiltern Hills in Bedfordshire, two miles north of Leighton Buzzard.

Leighton Buzzard eyewitness Dave Burton was there to capture the special moment. He said: “He landed and I started walking towards the helicopter.

“There were about 20 to 50 people. Then he started to beckon to somebody, asking them to come and take a picture - a lot of people were standing back, being respectful.

“He had his mask on, and he would point to the ground and say ‘stand there’. He kept saying that he only had a couple of minutes, but he made sure that everyone who wanted a picture got one!”, Dave told our sister paper the Leighton Buzzard Observer.

Birmingham

Tom Cruise was spotted filming scenes for Mission: Impossible 7 in a Birmingham train station in August, as part of an eventful visit to the city.

He could be seen wearing a dark suit and sunglasses in Grand Central, which has been transformed to look like an airport for the camera crews.

Airport signs had been hung up in the station, which was opened in 2015 following the £750 million refurbishment of the old New Street station.

Cruise could be seen filming in front of a row of shops above the station’s main concourse, where crowds had gathered to catch a glimpse of the film star.

British Transport Police in Birmingham tweeted a picture of two officers with the masked movie star, with the message: “I promise you, this isn’t photoshopped.”

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But Cruise’s BMW was stolen while the Hollywood A-lister was filming in the city.

The X7 had been used to ferry around the star, who has been in the city recording scenes for the seventh instalment in the Mission: Impossible series.

The vehicle was taken in Church Street in the city centre from where it was parked outside the Grand Hotel, where Cruise has been staying, as first reported in The Sun.

The powerful SUV is thought to have been carrying some of the Top Gun star’s luggage and belongings, worth thousands of pounds, when it was taken.

In happier news, Cruise was also pictured outside one of the city’s curry houses over the weekend.

According to restaurant Asha’s Instagram page, he enjoyed his chicken tikka masala so much that he ordered the curry for a second time after he had finished his first serving.

Derbyshire

In April, pictures emerged of a train track set up at the former Darlton Quarry in Stoney Middleton, said to be attached to the film.

Five months later, the dramatic set-up saw a track running beyond the edge with a drop below, off which the train was then driven.

The locomotive met a fiery end in the quarry below, with Peak District photographer Villager Jim telling the Derbyshire Times: “I waited five months for this. What an amazing day.”

He said Cruise flew to the site in his helicopter: “His helicopter was all black to match his outfit.”

Lake District

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Most recently, Cruise was spotted gliding across the picturesque Buttermere Lake, having skydived from a helicopter as part of an impressive stunt.

Onlooker David Loerns told the Yorkshire Post: "There were rumours he was going to be there so I thought I'd head on over there.

"Before Tom jumped his team were doing practice jumps to test the wind speed. They did about six. Then the helicopter arrived. Apparently he flew himself from Birmingham which is pretty impressive.

"I saw him attempt it twice. It was quite interesting to watch really."

Levisham

In April, Cruise filmed action scenes on top of a moving mock steam locomotive in the North York Moors.

Cruise waved to members of the public as he filmed scenes at a heritage railway in North Yorkshire during the week, and hundreds of crew were seen setting up for filming in the village of Levisham.

Cruise was seen clambering on top of a carriage while filming a stunt, which appeared to involve the use of a modified train and tracks.

Cruise had arrived on a helicopter, and a logistics base was set up some 20 minutes away from the film set.

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