There You Are, Ed
Ed Sheeran has been popping up everywhere these days — and we don’t just mean performing on stages around the globe. Fresh from his Game of Thrones campfire cameo on Sunday, here’s a look at some of the singer’s other surprising onscreen appearances.
Game of Thrones
Sheeran delighted fans and Maisie Williams when he popped up by a campfire in the season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones. The musician played a Lannister soldier whose singing caught Arya Stark’s attention as she passed by. Turns out the show’s EPs had been trying to cast Sheeran for seasons, knowing Williams’ love for the singer. He even got to sing.
Next up, Sheeran is heading to Springfield where he’ll be Simpsonized for his cartoon debut on the Fox comedy. In the upcoming 29th season this fall, the singer will play a musician named Brendan who quickly sets Lisa’s heart aflutter.
Bridget Jones's Baby
When Bridget Jones made her much anticipated return to the big screen in 2016, Sheeran along turned up as well. In Bridget Jones’s Baby. the singer appeared backstage at a music festival and was overlooked by Bridget, who couldn’t place where she’d seen him before and assumed he worked at her local Starbucks.
Saturday Night Live
Standing beside Alec Baldwin, Sheeran attempted his own Donald Trump impersonation. Later, he did the much more expected and performed “Shape Of You” for the live audience.
The Bastard Executioner
In 2015, the singer was cast in the recurring role of Sir Cormac in the FX medieval drama The Bastard Executioner. Sheeran was drawn to the role since it was something nobody would expect of him; his character was supported murdering a child to get information.
Home and Away
Also in 2015, Sheeran recorded scenes for Australian soap Home and Away. This time he played a version of himself (Teddy) who shows up to visit an aunt who has no idea of her nephew’s global success — that is until everyone in the vicinity flocks to him for an autograph. (Apparently, the selfie craze hadn’t reached Oz by 2015.)
Sheeran then headed stateside for a cameo on NBC sitcom Undateable in May 2015. In the live episode, he performed his hit “Thinking Out Loud” while the cast looked on in awe before being told to unplug his “tiny guitar” and “not to quit his day job.”
Sheeran stopped by the BBC series Top Gear studio in 2015 as well — after all, where else does a celebrity learn how to drive? Sheeran had his first behind-the-wheel experience on television.
Sheeran made his acting debut back in 2014 when he gave Riverdale‘s KJ Apa an impromptu guitar lesson on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. Unfortunately for Apa’s character, none of his friends witnessed the song session and didn’t believe him when he told the story later.