Ed Sheeran is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time and also one of the most-streamed ones. He is known for his pop music and original songs.
Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Edward Christopher Sheeran was born to John and Imogen Sheeran. His paternal grandparents come from Ireland.
Since 2015, Ed Sheeran has been with a childhood friend and classmate named Cherry Seaborn. They were married in 2019 and had a child in 2020. Their daughter is named Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.
Sheeran started singing when he was 4, joining the local church choir. He started writing songs when he was 11 and began his career in music theatre until, in 2004, he decided to start recording music. In 2008, he began playing small venues and looking for success.
In 2009, he released You Need Me, and in 2010, he posted a video through SB.TV. After this, rapper Example invited Ed Sheeran to join him on tour. The next E.P. was Loose Change, which received critical acclaim and launched his debut single, The A Team.
He began garnering attention online from official news media and even celebrities like Elton John. He self-released two other E.P.s in 2010. His success continued to grow until the release of E.P. No. 5 Collaborations Project hit number 2 on iTunes, even though it was an indie album. The same year, he signed to Asylum Records.
His debut album was + or plus, which came out in 2011 and topped the charts in the U.K. It also featured the previously released single The A Team. His second studio album was x (multiply), and it came out in 2014. x won multiple awards, including a Grammy for Thinking Out Loud and another Grammy Award for Best Solo Pop Performance.
His next album, following the same naming convention, ÷ or divide, came out in 2017. It featured Shape of You and Castle on the Hill. The album was the best-seller of 2017, not just in the U.S. and the U.K., but worldwide. The two singles debuted at number 1 positions in the charts. The ÷ Tour became the highest-grossing tour ever.
He has 84.5 million RIAA-certified sales in the U.S. and two best-selling albums in the U.K., with x hitting number 20 and ÷ hitting number 34. In addition, he was named an Artist of the Decade by the Official Charts Company for the 2010s.
He was the second most-streamed artist across the world, according to Spotify for the decade.
Ed Sheeran appeared as himself in Yesterday, a film about a world without The Beatles.
The artist had a cameo in Game of Thrones as a soldier and in Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker as a stormtrooper.
He played Sir Cormac in The Bastard Executioner for five episodes. The show was a historical drama set in the 14th century. He also voiced a character on The Simpsons.
Ed Sheeran loves the His Dark Materials book series by Philip Pullman. His daughter shares the name of the main character – Lyra.
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