Tom Cruise's BMW was stolen while the Hollywood A-lister was filming Mission: Impossible in Birmingham.

The X7 had been used to ferry around the star, who has been in the city recording scenes for the seventh instalment in the action spy series.

The car was taken in Church Street in the city centre while it was parked outside the Grand Hotel, where Cruise has been staying, as first reported in The Sun.

The powerful SUV is thought to have been carrying some of the Top Gun star’s luggage and belongings, worth thousands of pounds, when it was taken.

The car was recovered "a short time later" in Smethwick about three miles away according to police, but the contents were reportedly missing.

The 59-year-old has been causing a stir in the Midlands all week, and has been seen wearing a dark suit and sunglasses in Birmingham’s Grand Central shopping centre, which had been transformed to look like a Abu Dhabi airport for filming.

Two cops and Tom Cruise

Cruise could be seen recording scenes in front of a row of shops above New Street Station’s main concourse, where crowds had gathered to catch a glimpse of the film star.

British Transport Police in Birmingham also tweeted a picture of two officers with the masked movie star, with the message: "I promise you, this isn’t photoshopped."

He was pictured outside one of the city’s curry houses, last weekend.

The actor also posed for photos with a family in the village of Baginton, Warwickshire, after they gave his helicopter permission to land in their garden, following the temporary closure of nearby Coventry Airport.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "We received a report of a BMW X7 stolen from Church Street, Birmingham in the early hours of Tuesday morning (August 24).

"The car was recovered a short time later in Smethwick. CCTV inquiries have been made in the area that the car was recovered from. Inquiries are ongoing."