Ed Sheeran makes debut on gory TV show and it's suitably medieval

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image captionThe series also stars Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer and Flora Spencer-Longhurst

Ed Sheeran has made a pretty gory first appearance in medieval drama The Bastard Executioner.

The FX series tells the story of a 14th Century knight who has stopped fighting and become an executioner.

Ed's character, Sir Cormac, is an assistant to a powerful priest and appears several times in the series.

The end of his first scene sees the singer, who also performs the show's theme tune No Name, taking part in a man's eye being gouged out.

Speaking about the role Ed said: "Not that I'm a good actor, I think I can act but I can't remember the lines.

"It's all 'thou doth protest' and I just forget that kind of thing. It's going well but the first couple of times I filmed with them they had to be very patient."

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image captionThe Bastard Executioner was filmed in Pendine, Wales

The series, which has been produced by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, stars Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer and Flora Spencer-Longhurst.

The role is a slight departure from Ed's previous TV outing - an appearance as Teddy in Australian soap Home and Away.

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image captionEd says he'll be sticking to singing long-term

He also appeared in a live episode of US sitcom Undateable and has previously said he'd "hound" the producers of Game of Thrones to get a cameo in the show.

Meanwhile, Ed's also been announced as the co-host of this year's MTV EMAs in Milan alongside Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose.

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