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Sheeran made his acting debut in 2014, a cameo role as himself on New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, filmed while he was in the country for a one-off performance. In May 2015, he appeared as himself and performed on a live episode of the NBC sitcom Undateable. Later that year, while in Australia, he recorded scenes for the soap Home and Away, as a character based on himself.
After recording a cover version of Foy Vance's "Make It Rain" for Sons of Anarchy, Sheeran was cast by creator Kurt Sutter to play Sir Cormac in the medieval drama The Bastard Executioner on FX. He said of his role "It’s gruesome and it’s going to be fine because my friend wrote it... I feel like people would expect me to be in a rom-com or something, so I wanted to be in something people don’t expect me to".
In July 2017, Sheeran appeared in a longer cameo on Game of Thrones in a scene together with actor Maisie Williams, who plays the character Arya Stark. David Benioff explained that since Williams was a big fan of the singer, they wanted to have Sheeran appear on the show to surprise Williams, and that they had tried to get him on for years. It received a mix of positive and very critical reviews.