Hollywood star Johnny Depp, awaiting a ruling in a US defamation case involving his ex-wife Amber Heard, has turned up on stage at a rock concert in the northern English city of Sheffield, surprising an unsuspecting crowd.

Depp appeared with English guitarist Jeff Beck to perform a series of music covers, including John Lennon’s Isolation, a track they collaborated on and released in 2020.

Jurors in Virginia deliberating the defamation claims from both Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp and Heard adjourned on Friday without returning a verdict.

They will resume discussions on Tuesday after the US Memorial Day holiday.

Depp, 58, sued ex-wife Heard for $US50 million ($A70 million) and argued that she defamed him when she called herself “a public figure representing domestic abuse” in an opinion piece she wrote.

Heard, 36, countersued for $US100 million, saying Depp smeared her reputation when his lawyer called her accusations a “hoax”.


Depp fans took to Instagram and Twitter to share their views of the US actor’s performance on stage.

Johnny is an absolute mad man … leaves court Friday .. playing a gig in Sheffield UK Sunday.. with Jeff Beck..mind blown,” Twitter user @OneloveEarth said.

On Instagram, @flokpedals wrote: “Wasn’t expecting this… I thought he was in court but turns out he’s in Sheffield with Jeff Beck.”

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