Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr chats to Norfolk toddler during shooting of Avengers film in Norwich

12:24 16 June 2014

Iron Man and Avengers star Robert Downey Jr meets Lewis Olsen, three, from Dereham. Pic: Sarah Gray.

Iron Man and Avengers star Robert Downey Jr meets Lewis Olsen, three, from Dereham. Pic: Sarah Gray.

Sarah Gray

As scenes from the new superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron were filmed in Norwich, Robert Downey Jr - who plays Iron Man - took time to chat to a Norfolk toddler about his pyjamas.

Part of the University of East Anglia campus was turned into a “secret” movie location for the follow up to the box office hit Avengers Assemble.

Robert Downey Jr flew in by helicopter, while the campus was awash with apparent sightings of other stars, such as Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America).

Sarah Gray, who works at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, was lucky enough to meet Downey Jr, when his helicopter took off from near the hospital on Friday afternoon.

Mrs Gray, who lives at Blickling, said: “He was an absolute gent. He saw us standing, he could have gotten straight into the helicopter. Instead he came over and chatted.”

The Hollywood star shook hands with a little boy called Lewis Olsen, three, who was wearing pyjamas, and asked him about his attire.

Lewis’s dad Nick, from Dereham, said: “I’d just dropped my wife off for her night shift at the hospital and Lewis had wanted to see the helicopter.

“He didn’t know who he was meeting. When I got home I went on Google to show him that he’d just met Iron Man.”

The large “A” sign for the Avengers could be clearly seen on the Sainsbury Centre’s Modern Life Café which had four high performance cars positioned outside.

A giant green screen was also put up next to the building and groups of actors dressed in blue outfits - thought to be playing Avengers recruits - were repeatedly filmed running backwards and forwards in front of the screen. Later in the day people claimed on Twitter they had seen Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch).

Hollywood A-listers Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson are among others in the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast. The Marvel Studios film – due for release next year – is directed by Joss Whedon, who also helmed the first Avengers movie.

As previously reported, a UEA spokesman confirmed the Sainsbury Centre had been booked out until the end of the day but said they were unable to comment further.


  • I was born in Norwich and lived there for nearly fifty years ,I moved to France in 1999 because Norwich was no longer a fine city but just another city same shops clogged up with traffic and jammed with people ,I live innNormandy now its more like the Norfolk I remember but with hills ,I'm afraid Norwich now is just a city like any other

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    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • If Mr Downey jnr were to spend a day in Norwich, what could you show him? disgarded shoppng trolleys in the Wensum, a destroyed traffic system, the Bure centre and Norvic clinics (high rate of insanity and drug abuse round here), then perhaps some shopping in Anglia square, and a evening out in the vibrant Prince of Wales road,if he was still in one piece you could then try to explain why his hotel room has been burgled and that no one here can afford a car so have get to the methadone clinic by riding all over the pavement, as he has had drug problems in the past a visit to Norwich would probably bring back past nightmares to him.

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    mr mayhem

    Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • I might be a bit stupid, Mr Mayhem, but even I can see your punctuation is appalling.

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    Jimmy Cricket

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • mr mayhem I think the fact the had been filming for over 12 hours might be a reason why he didn't want to have a look around the wonderful city of Norwich plus if you are a Movie star do you think he would be able to walk around the city??? me thinks not. The other 2 stars left in a mini bus so who knows if they went and had a look, If not who cares this movie is gonna be massive and the fact millions of people will see the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in all its glory will hopefully attract more tourist to the Norwich Area

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    Martin P

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • Why do think Robert Downey jnr left so sharpish by helicopter and the only person he was seen with was a kid?, he didn't want to visit the city or see the sights, I wonder why.

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    mr mayhem

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • My Mayhem, I too find your comments offensive. I moved to the area 9 years ago and love our fine city and county. I am not sure which rock you have been hiding under but I know nobody that holds the same opinions as you. I agree with everything Jo Burton has said. I work with a fabulous bunch of people. I think it is people like yourself that bring this fine place down. Who bothers to make such negative comments on a lovely feel good story anyway. I recommend you try smiling and being generally more happy then you might not find people so difficult to work with. I am proud to live in Norfolk, if you dislike it so much go and live where the grass is greener.

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    Wee Lass

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • mr mayhem, sir I find your comment offensive. I am not Norfolk born and bred but I count myself privileged to live in Norwich and to enjoy all of the wonderful things that happen here. You are rude in your generalisations and your opinions on our city in general are certainly not held by any of my friends. This is a fine place to live and if you are so unhappy with it then maybe you should take yourself to Manchester or some other similar place and enjoy the rat race there.

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    jo burton

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • It's rather nice to see that film location " finders" are seeing Norfolk as a place where they can make parts of their productions. A better attitude than Andy Parsons on Mock the Week-once again the BBC airs a programme where left wing comedians can see nothing wrong with the acts of extremists and find it easier to make discriminatory and offensive jokes about Norfolk. Mud sticks and on the one hand we are trying to attract businesses to the county and on the other there is a constant drip of the county being made ridiculous on TV

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

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