Ed Sheeran: First Game of Thrones and now the Simpsons

Singer Sheeran to voice character on the Simpsons

Chart-topper Ed Sheeran has made a cameo appearance in the new series of game of Thrones. He appears in a short scene singing around a campfire while eating rabbit. Video: HBO

 

Singer Ed Sheeran sparked a mixed response with his Game Of Thrones cameo but he has now revealed he will play a part in an episode of the Simpsons.

Sheeran sang during his fleeting appearance in the death-filled episode, Dragonstone, in the first episode of the penultimate series of the TV drama.

Not all fans were impressed as the star dressed as a soldier and sang around a campfire. lesleywright_ tweeted: “Ed Sheeran’s cameo in Game Of Thrones was about as discreet as Spongebob impersonating Squidward on Opposite Day.” poniewozik wrote: “The Ed Sheeran scene was actually an interesting moment/departure that was overshadowed by putting Ed Sheeran in it.”

Uptomyknees wrote: “Hello it’s me, Ed Sheeran, and I’m here to remind you Others were more impressed. trentjamesdale wrote: “I can’t believe Ed Sheeran is on GOT!!! Amazing!” Super_Nadine wrote: “How awesome is edsheeran in that scene with Arya Stark?” And JonWinterfall wrote: “What an unexpected cameo by Ed Sheeran but damn his voice is so good!”

Sheeran caught the attention of Maisie Williams’s Arya Stark as she rode through a forest on horseback. Stark told Sheeran’s unnamed character: “It’s a pretty song, I’ve never heard it before.”

“It’s a new one,” Sheeran replied.

Ed Sheeran (left, wearing glasses) and the Simpsons character Brendan.
Ed Sheeran (left, wearing glasses) and the Simpsons character Brendan.

Sheeran has shared a picture of his next TV venture — as a character on The Simpsons. He posted the image of the signature yellow character with red hair and a hat, clutching a juice box, on Instagram and wrote: “This year continues to be equally surreal and amazing. Watch out for this one, me and Lisa have a whole thing going on x”.

The Shape Of You star will voice character Brendan on the show in a musical-themed special. It will feature in the show’s 29th season, which begins in October.

Executive producer Al Jean told news website Entertainment Weekly that Sheeran’s part, which unsurprisingly includes singing, was recorded over the phone from the UK.

Commenting on the new face, who woos saxophonist Lisa Simpson with his music, Jean said: “We had a perfect part for him...So we said, ”Oh, great, we’ll have him do this!“ And we recorded him over the phone from England. ”

Sheeran’s expanding foray onto the small screen adds to a successful year for the 26-year-old, who has dominated the album charts this year with his third album, Divide, and last month headlined the Glastonbury Festival.

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