Actor Harrison Ford has left Newcastle in a helicopter after a week of filming in the North East.

The Hollywood superstar has sparked excitement in the region while shooting the latest Indiana Jones movie in Northumberland.

The 78-year-old has reprised his role as the all-action archaeologist with Bamburgh Castle being transformed into the set for the forthcoming blockbuster.

The Star Wars legend has been spotted visiting popular local restaurants and out on his bike by fans as he took in the North East sights during breaks from filming.

However, on Friday, he was forced to have a stern word with one over excited group - some of whom were not wearing face masks - as they swamped him on Newcastle Quayside.

It now appears the star has left the region following the conclusion of shooting the film, which is due to arrive in cinemas in July 2022.

The Hollywood star left the North East by helicopter following filming for the latest Indiana Jones movie
The Hollywood star left the North East by helicopter following filming for the latest Indiana Jones movie

The actor then boarded the chopper which is believed to be heading back to Pinewood Studios.

Other Indiana Jones cast members have been spotted around the North East, including James Bond star Mads Mikkelsen who a fan spotted near Newcastle Central Station earlier this week.

He is part of a big-name cast, which also reportedly includes Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was also seen on Friday walking along the Quayside with husband and fellow director Frank Marshall.

And it's clear the Newcastle made a lasting impression on the couple with Kathleen telling ChronicleLive how much they loved the city.

"It is fantastic," said Kathleen, who has also been staying at the Malmaison.

Bamburgh Castle remains closed at this time with the tourist hotspot welcoming the public back again on Monday.