Johnny Depp loses his head for The Walking Dead cameo

A familiar face made an unusual cameo on The Walking Dead.
Steve Granitz

A familiar face made an unusual cameo on The Walking Dead.

Johnny Depp has popped up as a decapitated head on cult zombie drama The Walking Dead.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star's famous face appeared on screen for seconds in the 12th episode of the current season, which aired in America on Sunday night.

It wasn't actually Depp, but a mocked-up likeness created by the show's director and special effects guru Greg Nicotero.

The severed heads as they appeared on The Walking Dead.

The severed heads as they appeared on The Walking Dead.

It appeared in a scene with two other severed heads chosen for their likeness to Hilltop Colony leader Gregory's features.

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Xavier Berkeley, the actor who plays Gregory on the show, didn't have time to pose for a head cast, so the director offered up his own and suggested Depp's to see how attentive fans of the series are.

"The Gregory head is actually a cast of my head," he told Entertainment Weekly.

"One of the other heads, I don't know if I'm going to get in trouble if I say this, was Johnny Depp. I think we had sculpted an emaciated version of a dummy head for something and we used Johnny Depp's head as a basis just for a clay sculpt."

"I can't remember who the third one (head) is, but I'm in good company," he added.

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The three heads were a big hit on set with star Norman Reedus asking his director if he could take them home with him.

"Norman kept saying he wanted the heads when we were done shooting!" Greg laughed.

Depp might not have posed for his latest 'head shot', but he has a history of popping up on odd TV shows, previously appearing on British hits The Vicar of Dibley and The Fast Show - one of his favourite roles.

"It was absolutely one of my proudest achievements, no question," he told British newspaper The Mirror.

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