Tom Cruise makes emergency helicopter landing in British family's backyard

The 59-year-old actor has been filming the seventh instalment in the 'Mission Impossible' franchise in Birmingham. Photo: Tom Cruise/Instagram

A family in Warwickshire had a surprise visit from Hollywood actor Tom Cruise earlier this week when he landed in their backyard in a helicopter.

The 59-year-old actor, who has been filming the seventh instalment in the 'Mission Impossible' franchise in Birmingham, had to make an emergency helicopter landing after learning that the nearby Coventry Airport had been temporarily shut down.

According to Alison Webb, who lives there with her partner and children, the family was told beforehand that an unidentified "VIP who was running late" needed somewhere to land due to the airport closure.

"I thought it would be kind of cool for the kids to see the helicopter land in the garden," Webb told the BBC.

"(Tom Cruise) basically arrived and got out, and it was like 'Wow'. He went straight over to the children for a chat, then came over and elbow-bumped us and said, 'Thank you very much'."

The mega star, known to be obliging to his fans, posed for photos with the family and even asked if the kids would like to go up in the chopper.

He then got his pilot to take them on a ride around the neighbourhood while he attended a meeting.

"It turned out to be an incredible day," Webb said. "It was surreal, I still now can't believe it happened." – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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