'It was just surreal' - Irish former school teacher on working with Ed Sheeran in Game of Thrones
A former secondary school teacher from Kerry has spoken about his delight at being cast alongside Ed Sheeran in Game of Thrones.
The first episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones premiered on Irish TV last Monday and featured a cameo from Ed Sheeran.
His appearance may have divided opinion among fans but Irish actor, Sean McGillicuddy, said he was "delighted" to work with the popstar as he spoke about being cast in one of the most popular TV shows of all time.
"You never think this is going to happen," he told Newstalk Drive.
"I've been following the seasons for years, watching it all. Then all of a sudden you're in the middle of it... in the middle of the set you recognise so well, the actors that you've become familiar with. It was just surreal."
McGillicuddy auditioned for his role in Belfast and was shocked to discover that he had bagged a part as a Lannister solider a few days later. He was even more surprised when he found out he'd be sharing screen time with Sheeran.
"I just assumed it was a couple of soldiers - a marching song really. I really thought it was kind of line an interlude you have in Shakespearean plays... kind of the comic relief ones. That's the way it read to me at the time.
"I thought maybe Chris Martin or Coldplay. I know one of them had a part in Game of Thrones at some point... Then you land on set and there's Ed.
"He had lines, he sang that song at the start... which we joined in, and we were absolutely delighted."
McGillicuddy had been working as a secondary school teacher before he quit to pursue his acting dreams and has been working in the business steadily since.
"I quit my job and moved to Dublin. I started to get nice enough roles - from television adverts to short stories and then feature films.
"My focus is on the films, and the acting. It is difficult to break into things - but any job is difficult. You have to love it and I absolutely love it.