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James Hibberd
July 27, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is going to show fans his dark side — and his acting chops — by joining FX’s upcoming drama series The Bastard Executioner

EW has confirmed the Emmy-winning “Thinking Out Loud” singer has signed onto the gory medieval drama’s debut season in a recurring role. Executioner is from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, and follows a 14th century knight (Lee Jones) who becomes an executioner. Sheeran will play wil play Sir Cormac, an “ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder.”

Sheeran has been making more TV deals lately, having appeared on NBC’s Undateable earlier this year, and announced a live concert special that will air on NBC later this summer. THR reports that Sheeran and Sutter have a history, with the singer-songwriter having recorded a version of Foy Vance’s “Make It Rain” for biker drama’s penultimate episode. Bastard Executioner is expected to launch this fall. 

In May, Sheeran gave EW a revealing interview covering his life and careeer, and you can read that here

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