ITV reporter Sally Williams made history as she presented the weather on top of London Eye – taking on the challenge Tom Cruise proposed her earlier in June.
The fearless weather girl, 41, became the first person ever to take on this brave stunt as she shared the upcoming weather news on Tuesday.
The intrepid challenge was first chosen by the Hollywood icon during an exchange at the London Premiere for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One in June.
Earlier in the morning the journalist did her ‘usual’ thing but 135 metres on air, as she also became the ninth person in history to stand on top of the London Eye.
Sally was hooked on top of the white pod as she presented the weather forecast.
Challenge accepted! ITV reporter Sally Williams, 41, made history on Tuesday as she presented the weather on top of London Eye – taking on the challenge Tom Cruise proposed her earlier in June
Daring: The fearless weather girl became the first person ever to take on this brave stunt
The idea for the daring stunt came from when the weather reporter asked Tom to choose between her own ‘mission impossible’ from two high-octane experiences, the daring London Eye stunt, or a challenge to present the weather whilst speeding down the Thames in a speedboat, during a red carpet interview.
She said: ‘Standing on top of the London Eye was an incredible experience that I’ll cherish forever. It was an honour to bring the weather to Londoners from such an iconic location.’
‘I’m happy to be able to tell Tom: Mission Accomplished,’ the brave journalist added.
It comes after it was revealed the actor, 61, appears to have made UK his second home, upping sticks from sunny California for a much rainier destination.
From the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations to appearances at Wimbledon, concerts by Adele and The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park and cheering on his friend Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix, the once-reclusive Hollywood A-lister has been popping up everywhere since last year.
Tom now considers himself ‘an honorary Brit and has ‘fallen in love with everything about the UK,’ a source who worked with Cruise told the Mail On Sunday last year.
‘His daughter lives here, he enjoys a good cuppa and he loves the fact he can be himself. The biggest thing is he’s developed a proper circle of friends. He’s the happiest I’ve ever seen him.’
He famously celebrated his 60th birthday at Soho Farmhouse in the Cotswolds with some of those within his inner sanctum, including David Beckham, Gordon Ramsay and James Corden.
Stunt: Earlier in the morning the journalist did her ‘usual’ thing but 135 metres on air, as she also became the ninth person in history to stand on top of the London Eye
Brave: Sally was hooked on top of the white pod as she presented the weather forecast
Thrilling: ‘Standing on top of the London Eye was an incredible experience that I’ll cherish forever. It was an honour to bring the weather to Londoners from such an iconic location,’ she told
He’s also friends with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Tom gallantly took Kate’s hand to guide her up stairs on the red carpet at the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in Leicester Square last year in May, with some critics saying his gesture was ‘overly-familiar’.
Last October, Cruise is understood to have invited William and Kate to a screening of the new Top Gun movie at a cinema in Leicester Square. It was one of the first early previews and tapes were sent over from America especially.
Tom lives in a six-bedroom Knightsbridge penthouse apartment overlooking Hyde Park, where, with a baseball cap pulled down over his eyes, he enjoys early morning jogs with his trainer.
‘He’s never recognised,’ says a source close to him.
‘He wants to fit in, to look like any other local going for a run. He loves that he can enjoy the park without anyone realising who he is.
‘That’s something that wouldn’t happen for him in Los Angeles. Tom can blend in, be one of the boys.’
He loves to take friends to dine at Novikov – actually two restaurants under one roof, Italian and Asian – sipping his favourite Earl Grey tea.
He is also partial to a ‘proper’ cup of PG Tips, according to a Mission: Impossible crew member who also heard Cruise raving about a love of Guinness.
In London, he prefers to walk or go incognito in a black cab.
But he also uses his matt-black Eurocopter AS50 helicopter ‘the way other people use a car’.
The chopper is based at Battersea helipad and Cruise often flies it solo to Richmond Golf Club where he parks it next to the ninth hole and has lunch in the Grade I listed clubhouse.
The star flies to Soho Farmhouse, the Chipping Norton retreat beloved of celebrities including Meghan Markle, Kate Moss and David Beckham.
Cruise, like many Americans, is fascinated by his family roots. Though his parents are from Kentucky, the family name Mapother (Cruise was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in 1962) is from Devon.
A source said about Tom: ‘The UK has been good for him. He’s smiling all the time, he’s taking selfies, people love that he’s accessible’ – pictured at the Queen’s Jubilee Celebration in May 2022