Artist News Media

Ed Sheeran appears on Home & Away

By | Published on Friday 30 October 2015

Ed Sheeran

Well, Ed Sheeran’s appearance in Australian soap opera ‘Home & Away’ seems to have been a resounding success. Your move, ‘Neighbours’. Originally aired in Australia back in September, the episode hit UK screens yesterday.

The musician appeared as himself visiting his former foster mother Marilyn Chambers*. While walking with her on the beach, another character, Matt Page, runs up and asks him to play a song for the people of Summer Bay. At first he says no, but then his arm is twisted. Not literally, because that might stop him from playing guitar. Injury free, he performed ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

“It’s an Australian institution”, said Sheeran of the show. “It’s always on in my local chip shop”.

High praise indeed. This isn’t actually Sheeran’s first soap appearance though, and he’s keen to do more: “I got asked to do it and it sounded like it could be fun. I did ‘Shortland Street’ in New Zealand as well and I’m sure if ‘Emmerdale’ or ‘EastEnders’ ever ask me in England I would do that as well”.

You see, this is what it’s come to now that all the performance slots for musicians on TV have disappeared.

Alec Snow, who plays Matt Page, said of acting alongside Sheeran: “It was an awesome experience filming with Ed because he seemed like a really down-to-earth, nice guy that genuinely wanted to be there. It was funny seeing how star-struck everyone both on and off set was. It was quite entertaining seeing the effect he had on everyone around him”.

You can watch the full episode here. Or – in the unlikely event you don’t actually want to do that – here’s a clip of Ed doing his acting:

And here’s him singing his little song:

*Ed Sheeran was not actually fostered by a fictional Australian.