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Video: Johnny Depp buys bath from Norwich shop

PUBLISHED: 16:13 18 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:13 18 November 2014

Johnny Depp at the Los Angeles premiere of

Johnny Depp at the Los Angeles premiere of "Transcendence". Photo: Todd Williamson/Invision/AP.

Film icon Johnny Depp appears to have turned soap star, after falling for the charms of a Norwich bathroom shop.

The 1880 French Bateau Bath on ornate feet which has been bought by Johnny Depp for his home in LA, in the window of the Stiffkey Bathrooms shop in Upper St Giles. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe 1880 French Bateau Bath on ornate feet which has been bought by Johnny Depp for his home in LA, in the window of the Stiffkey Bathrooms shop in Upper St Giles. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

For the Pirates of the Caribbean actor is said to have bought an antique bathtub from Stiffkey Bathrooms, in Upper St Giles Street.

He apparently became a fan of the shop after seeing their taps and accessories on set at Pinewood Studios.

Depp was filming Mortdecai, an American action comedy film set for release next year, when props loaned to the studio by the bathroom shop caught his eye.

It is thought that Depp, who was previously rumoured to be buying a house in Bath, near Bristol, then got his interior designer on the case.

The 1880 French Bateau Bath on ornate feet in the Stiffkey Bathrooms shop in Upper St Giles, which has been bought by Johnny Depp for his home in LA. The sold tickets on the bath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe 1880 French Bateau Bath on ornate feet in the Stiffkey Bathrooms shop in Upper St Giles, which has been bought by Johnny Depp for his home in LA. The sold tickets on the bath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dan Hide, who runs Stiffkey Bathrooms with business partner Marc Brown, said Depp really liked the antiques, and the studio hired them several times.

“He’s doing a house in LA somewhere and he told his interior designer to check our website out,” he said.

“His girlfriend [Amber Heard] liked the bath - they looked at lots of other ones.

“It’s quite exciting really. We’ve had quite a few famous people as customers, but not of such an international status.

“It’s really touching to know that he likes the stuff and remembered our name.”

While Depp did not visit the shop in person, his new bath holds pride of position in the shop window - complete with a tag stating “SOLD - Mr J Depp, Los Angeles, USA”

The French Bateau bath on ornate feet dates back to 1880 and had a price tag of £5,000.

Mr Hide said the bath would be shipped out to America soon.

He added that people joked that the baths, many of which were sourced from France, looked “horrible”, but they looked “fantastic” once restored.

Stiffkey Bathrooms was founded in the late 1980s in Stiffkey on the north Norfolk coast, has been in Norwich for 15 years and trades online at www.stiffkeybathrooms.com/

Word of celebrity interest in The Lanes has quickly spread, and has added to the excitement generated by winning the city category of the Great British High Street of the Year Awards 2014.

Carol Lake, owner of neighbouring Carol Lake Studio at 91, said she thought the news was a joke to begin with - and could not believe it.

And Jonty Young, marketing manager for Norwich Lanes, said he was keen to share the good news - tweeting it from @norwichlanes

Has a celebrity bought something from your shop? Email samuel.russell@archant.co.uk

37 comments

  • If I write Mr B Obama Washington U.S.A on a sold label and leave it hanging off my front door handle does it mean ive sold my house to him and will you take a picture of it?

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    Paulie

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • So somebody buys a bath. Big deal. Who is the Deep fellow in any case? Never heard of him until today in the EDP.

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    JackH-1938

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • Just when I thought the barrell had nothing left to scrape from it...........

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    monkeyman

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Pathetic desperation! I am about to buy a washer for my bath tap: please ensure both a reporter and photographer are available to record this event. The local press has sunk even lower than even I thought they could go.....SOS.

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    308GT4

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • It appears that the EDP have plumbed new Depps with this latest story !. Early bath for the reporter.

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    urchin

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Jaguar

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • This one does still beats "man spills tin of paint" though, as the man who spilled the paint in question was not famous, but he was from Norwich.

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    mr mayhem

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Actually, wasn't he previously rumoured to be buying a house in Norfolk? Presumably, he read the EDP comments section and realised what a whingefest it was, (is!) and changed his mind! And who could blame him?

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    Casey

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Actually what I've been trying to find out for some time now where he bought his kitchen sink, anyone out there know by chance?

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • I like the way the article is written. the headline says Johnny Depp bought the bath. But the story uses words like 'thought to have' and 'rumoured' so there's more suggestion than substance. However, it's still great publicity for the shop and The Lanes. Clever.

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    Anglianjacky

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • I just brought a tin of paint from a well known DIY store in Norwich, where do I send my photo and video to? Wonder if I'll get a reporter round too

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    Cromer cranky

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • We need to pull the plug on these comments my fellow Trolls :p

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    Che Bramley

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Piranha24 you go on about Trolls being on every page, but you are also here. Without saying anything what does this make you exactly? Oh a ?

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    Che Bramley

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • just took a look at that bath, he must must be out of his head buying that . in that condition hope he paid no more than £35.00

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    grasshopper

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • not april 1st again? maybe it's for that terraced house he bought 2 years back.

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    grasshopper

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • I'm waiting for a bath suite to arrive I've been giving a 3 hour window I live in hope it will arrive before dark . will update you when it arrives and whats damaged etc oh and it cost a bit less than johnnys

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    david106

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • What is wrong with you people? This is great PR for Stiffkey Bathrooms and The Norwich Lanes. Get a life!!

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    JillyG

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Coming tomorrow…..Rob Chandler buys new tea towel from Lathams of Potter Heigham…

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    DT

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • The people who sign in and just say " this isn't news " must cut and paste these same comments on every article .its so dull ...I wonder what they do all day to have such a negative and pessimistic view on life ..The EDP should do a league table of negative posters and then publish it ..plus try and find out what roles they carry out in society .It would be fascinating

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    John

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • What is this? Fear & Loathing in Norwich? Anyhow, I hear he's using the bath to improve his hooch making technique - it's called The Rum Diary!

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    Karl Healthland

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Nice on Archie, looks like you got every troll on one page here.

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    Piranha24

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • What a cheap awful story, the edp must be desperate for a story (if you can call it that). What's the next headline? Johnny Depp buys packet of crisps from garage.....hmmmm next weeks story

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    Jetranger

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • I have just bought cornflakes from Morrisons. What time can your reporter get here for my full breathtaking account of my experience?

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    bazzaboy

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Looks like an over-excitable marketing spud decided that a cheap story overoad the principle of client confidentiality and privacy. If I was him I'd be minded to cancel the order because of that.

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    SilverMachine

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Whats so special about him buying a bath, his money is no different to anyone else's. To much publicity already given to so called "celebs"

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • And which part of this so called "scoop" is news????do I really need to know that Mr Depp purchased a bath from a shop in the city where I live???

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    Bluebell

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • This is the best the EDP can put out as news. Pathetic!

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • I think this bath is really going to the top secret UK base of Mr Depp and Ms Heard

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    oldowl

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Presumably Johnny Depp buys lots of things from lots of places he does have to live and he has to do all the same things that other people have to do. Maybe he buys his groceries from Tescos on Guildhall or his clothes from the Big C charity shop on Timberhill. You might also spot him in Anglia Square buying ceramic dragons.

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    PDH

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • gutter press. someone has dreams of writing for GQ maybe?

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    Mooseyt4

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Angelina Jolie visits website and purchases Bath SALT :p

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    Che Bramley

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • A story like this just makes Norwich look like a backward forgotten dull kind of place where nothing happens and where it's inhabitants are desperate to publicise any little bit of news that might make us look important

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    blister

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Man buys bath. This is news? Bet man will not give an interview about the experience - therefore more mystery. Man does not return to shop again.

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    sensibletrousers

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • "And Jonty Young, marketing manager for Norwich Lanes, said he was keen to share the good news......." What did you do for this sale then ?. Just trying to justify your existence are you Young ?

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    "V"

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Can't wait for the up-date! When is this bath being installed? Breaking news...............

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    Sandy.L

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Cue some idiot to come along and vandalise the display or attempt to steal the bath. If it was my business, I'm not sure I would have broken this story until the item was crated and en route to LA.

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    Lucioperca

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • WOW! What a scoop.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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