Ed Sheeran to feature in new Game of Thrones

Ed Sheeran has a role in the new season of Game of Thrones - but HBO is keeping the details under wraps. He's probably ...

Ed Sheeran has a role in the new season of Game of Thrones - but HBO is keeping the details under wraps. He's probably not taking over as Jon Snow, though.

English popstar Ed Sheeran has a role in the new season of hit TV show Game of Thrones, Variety reports.

It's the latest part in Sheeran's acting career, which began in New Zealand in 2014 with a cameo on Shortland Street.

On Monday, Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss told crowds at film festival SXSW in Austin, Texas, that the singer would appear in the latest season of the hit fantasy epic.

They said they'd hooked Sheeran into a role to surprise actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark.

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"For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it," Benioff said.

Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is reportedly a big fan of Sheeran's music.
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Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is reportedly a big fan of Sheeran's music.

Williams, 19, is reportedly a big fan of Sheeran's music.

No other details on Sheeran's character or storyline were revealed at SXSW, but a spokesperson for HBO confirmed Sheeran would be appearing in the new season.

"He has a role. No more details," the spokesperson said.

Ed Sheeran's latest album, Divide, has been a massive hit around the world.
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Ed Sheeran's latest album, Divide, has been a massive hit around the world.

Combining Sheeran and Game of Thrones blends two of pop culture's biggest phenomena. Sheeran's latest album, Divide, has been a massive hit worldwide. Last week every song on the album was in New Zealand's Top 40 chart.

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Thrones, meanwhile, is one of the most popular television series of all time.

The Thrones role is not Sheeran's first crack at acting. As well as the Shortland Street cameo, he had a recurring role in medieval drama The Bastard Executioner and most recently appeared in Bridget Jones's Baby.

Game of Thrones season seven is set to premiere on SoHo and NEON on July 16.

 - Stuff

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