Sunday 23 October 2016

‘Write me as a complete d***head in it’ – Ed Sheeran on his role in The Bastard Executioner

Published 27/08/2015 | 13:31

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

Prepare to see Ed Sheeran as you have never seen him before - as the bad guy.

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The 24-year-old singer has bagged a guest role in FX's highly anticipated new drama The Bastard Executioner, written by Sons of Anarchy's Kurt Sutter.

It's his first acting role in which he plays a character and not himself (as he did this week on Aussie soap Home and Away), and speaking to Entertainment Weekly Ed said he asked to be written as a "complete d***head".

"I find that I have reputation of being a smiley approachable guy, so I wanted the opposite," he said.

Ed Sheeran, with Emily Symons, on the set for Home And Away.
Ed Sheeran, with Emily Symons, on the set for Home And Away.

"I said to Kurt, make sure that I’m not typecast at all. Write me as a complete d***head in it. I feel like I need that."

Although Ed has quite a young fanbase, he said it's definitely not suitable for younger children - or his grandmother.

"My grandmother, the other day - she's 91 and Irish and really sweet - was like, 'Ah I'd love to watch it.' And I said, 'I don't think you're going to want to watch this, grams.' 

"I do so much in my own lane.  I feel like that satisfied my fan base.  It's nice to step out every now and then to challenge yourself.  It doesn't necessarily mean everyone who likes me for my music is going to like this.

"It means that I'm doing something different and interesting, rather than doing some rom-com, which is what I think people would expect me to do."

Ed also joked about it being hard to visit the loo whilst wearing a pair of man tights.

"It's quite hard to pee in this  I haven't even tried to go No.2.  That's going to be quite hard."

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