Sometimes it can feel as though it’s Ed Sheeran‘s world — and the rest of us are just living in it. Released in March, the singer’s third album ÷ debuted at number one in 14 countries, including the U.K. and U.S. His single “Shape of You” spent a total of 12 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100. And now, as we first reported back in March, he’s gone and pocketed himself a role in Game of Thrones, one of the biggest shows on TV.
When showrunner David Benioff revealed that Sheeran would be paying a visit to Westeros, he explained that the cameo came about because Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya Stark, is a massive fan of his music. “For years we were trying to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie,” Benioff said speaking during a GoT panel at this year’s South by South West film festival. “And this year we finally did it.”
So it’s lovely to hear that Sheeran’s role involves him sharing the screen with Williams, who also appeared in Season Nine of Doctor Who.
“I just do a scene with Maisie,” Sheeran told The Hits Radio. “I sing a song and then she goes, ‘Oh, that’s a nice song.'” But while it sounds as though Sheeran’s contribution is relatively minor, he’s already said his character doesn’t die during his time on the show, so there’s nothing to stop him from coming back and serenading Williams again.
Sheeran will appear in Game of Thrones during season seven, which premieres on HBO on July 16. As ever, the show’s producers aren’t giving much away, but we do know Thrones has secured yet more acting royalty in the form of Jim Broadbent. The British actor is best known for playing Horace Slughorn in the Harry Potter films and for his Oscar-winning role in Iris.
Meanwhile, Kit Harington — the actor who plays fan favorite Jon Snow — has teased that the new season is the most epic yet. “I think every actor on it did more action, had more action, had more scenes,” he told The Huffington Post recently. “They really focused it because less characters are coming in, and they’re focusing in on the existing ones, and there are lots of people who cross paths, and that’s something that I think the audience has been waiting for a long time.”
Harington also predicted that the new season will look even more spectacular because it features just seven episodes — three fewer than in previous seasons. “They spent an increasing amount of money on less episodes, so it’s gonna be much bigger in scale, he explained. “I think we’re trying to break boundaries and push past boundaries in these final two seasons.”
You can check out the season seven trailer below.
Oh, and if you fancy seeing Ed Sheeran flex his acting muscles before then, why not check him out in 2015’s The Bastard Executioner? The singer had a recurring role in the historical drama series created by Sons of Anarchy‘s Kurt Sutter, which was sadly axed by FX after just one season.
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