Chart-topping Ed Sheeran scores role in Game of Thrones season seven

It’s not known when 26-year-old British singing sensation will make his bow in mega-hit TV series whose seventh season begins on July 16

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2017, 10:49am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2017, 10:49am

Your favourite British troubadour is heading to Westeros. Shape of You singer Ed Sheeran will guest star on the upcoming seventh season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed at a South by Southwest festival panel in Austin, Texas.

They did not share any details about the singer’s role or when he will appear, although fans will find out soon enough when the mega-popular fantasy series returns on July 16.

Benioff and Weiss also confirmed a few details about the eighth and final season of the show, noting that it will have six episodes, down from the usual 10, putting the show at 73 hours in total.

“From the beginning we’ve wanted to tell a 70-hour movie. It will turn out to be a 73-hour movie, but it’s stayed relatively the same of having the beginning, middle and now we’re coming to the end,“ Benioff said.

The appearance won’t be the first on-screen gig for Sheeran, 26, who had a recurring role on FX’s short-lived medieval drama The Bastard Executioner in 2015. He also made a cameo in last year’s Bridget Jones’ Baby with Renée Zellweger.

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Sheeran’s third album, Divide, broke records in album charts around the world this week, topping the album charts in the UK, US and Australia, where all 16 tracks on the album made the top 40 singles chart. Divide had the biggest weekly sales for an album so far this year, with 451,000 equivalent album units sold – the most since rapper J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only started with 492,000 in late December.