Ed Sheeran, accomplished British Emmy-winning singer and songwriter has signed up to play a regular series role in Kurt Sutter’s new medieval TV drama The Bastard Executioner.
Ed Sheeran fans have been waiting on the edge of their seats for this unlikely pairing to hit their television screens, and at long last, their wait is almost at an end. Zap2it reported that the executive producer of the show, Paris Barclay, revealed during an interview that Ed Sheeran’s character first makes an appearance in Episode 4.
Episode 3 aired this week, and fans are becoming more excited about the show with each passing episode.
Next week’s episode will, therefore, be Episode 4, the episode that Ed Sheeran’s is tipped to make its first appearance.
This will not be the first time Ed Sheeran has worked with Kurt Sutter, a creator of Ed’s favorite blockbuster biker drama, Sons of Anarchy, for which they successfully collaborated on “The Sound of Rain” track for the penultimate episode. And it won’t be the first time for this singer-turned-actor to try his acting skills either, as he appeared in one episode of NBC series Undateable in May, according to Metro.
The Bastard Executioner, a blood-soaked medieval epic TV drama, revolves around a 14th century ex-warrior, a knight of King Edward, whose life took a wild turn when he agreed to become an executioner. After putting down his sword and deciding to live a quiet life as an agrarian, he was forced to become a traveling executioner and dip his sword in blood again, according to Hollywood Reporter.
Ed Sheeran will play Sir Cornac, “the ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder,” according to Hollywood Reporter.
Ed will join the cast of Australian actor Lee Jones playing the main character, executioner Wilkin, Katey Sagal from Sons of Anarchy, the SOA creator’s wife, and Kurt Sutter himself, who will be playing the faceless character of the Dark Mute, reported International Business Times.
The Mirror reported that, according to Ed Sheeran, the show is dark and gruesome, but “it’s going to be fine because my friend wrote it.” By that, of course, he was referring to Sutter.
“It’s a medieval TV show and it’s really, really dark. It’s gruesome and it’s going to be fine because my friend wrote it. He had a musician in his last show and I said, ‘Oh did he audition for that?’ And he said ‘No, but I just thought he would be good in it.’ So I said, ‘Can you put me in your show next?’ “
This TV series acting job offer comes at a particularly busy time for the 24-year-old musician. In 2014, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. His second studio album, X (read as “multiply”) peaked at No. 1 in both the U.K. and the U.S. immediately after its release in 2014. In 2015, X won the Brit Award and was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
As the most streamed artist in the world in 2014, Sheeran’s schedule is busy with worldwide shows, including nights at NYC Madison Square Garden and London’s Wembley Stadium. He was crowned the Songwriter of the Year in 2015 by Ivor Novello Awards, according to Hollywood Reporter.
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