As the days since the return of “Game of Thrones” tick by it is difficult to remember when any casting choice was so hotly debated than that of singer Ed Sheeran making his way to Westeros and appearing in the world’s largest show for no other reason than because he could do so. In contrast, the acting debut of One Direction’s Harry Styles has been praised by critics and shows the different options open to singers who are looking to extend their careers into the world of acting.


Nylon reports the casting process has much to do with the difference in reception for the two stars as they have made an impact in very different ways for their acting debuts in critically acclaimed productions. Styles appears in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”, which tells the story of the British Expeditionary Force that was stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk and left at the mercy of the Nazi German forces in the opening forays of World War II. The appearance of Styles in the critically acclaimed movie comes after director Nolan stated he had no idea who the former One Direction member was and cast him solely on the strength of his auditions.


Ed Sheeran has faced such a sharp backlash against his “Game of Thrones” appearance that he went so far as to delete his Twitter account after appearing in the show as a soldier singing a song. Sheeran follows members of Snow Patrol and Sugar Rios in appearing in “Game of Thrones”, but few have had such a divisive effect on the fans of any show as that of the British singer.