The two stars enjoy poking fun at their similar looks
Actor Rupert Grint and musician Ed Sheeran have a long, storied bond. As British gingers born three years apart, the two have found substantial success in their respective creative fields, but their similar looks have confused some — a reality they’ve embraced often to hilarious effect.
Here’s our guide to the best moments between these two shaggy redheads.
1. The “Lego House” music video
Back in 2011, Grint — fresh off Harry Potter franchise’s eighth and final film — starred in the music video for Sheeran’s “Lego House.” Cameras captured the first meeting between the two Brits, but the best snap from that first encounter may be this priceless side by side photo. #Edpert, anyone?
They wore similar hoodies during the shoot as well, but their resemblance is still uncanny:
2. Sheeran’s 2016 Halloween costume
Guess who the pop star was?
And while the obvious choice for Sheeran was to dress up as Ron Weasley, he could also have portrayed Harry Potter. (Yes, that’s Baby Sheeran on the right!)
3. Grint’s Corden appearance
Grint appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden last week to discuss his role on the new TV series Snatch and said that practically half the people who stop him on the street think he’s the singer. “It’s kind of 50/50 now,” he told Corden. “If someone stops me, it could go either way. I could be Ed, or I could be me.”
4. “Shape of You” dramatic reading
Grint isn’t exactly distinguishing himself from Sheeran. Earlier this week, he performed a dramatic reading of Sheeran’s pop ditty — and current topper of the Hot 100 — “Shape of You.”
5. Grint appears as Sheeran yet again
On Wednesday, Grint turned the drama up another notch for MTV, enlisting the help of After Hours host Josh Horowitz and some teary-eyed extras, when he pretended to be the Grammy-winning singer. Sheeran approved of the shenanigan, tweeting the video and saying, “Rupert you lad x”.
It’s unclear whether people mistake Sheeran for his redheaded counterpart, and whether he ever gets “I love you, Ron Weasley!” shouts from Harry Potter fans. But he’ll soon tackle some acting of his own: He’s set to guest on Game of Thrones in its upcoming season.