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Edward Christopher ('Ed') Sheeran

(1991-), Singer and songwriter

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in Yorkshire and raised in Suffolk, Sheeran began playing the guitar and writing songs at a young age. His style is a blend of acoustic, pop, folk and hip-hop, with influences from Bob Dylan to Eminem. He began recording in 2005, self-releasing EPs and playing small gigs (312 in 2009 alone). He built a strong fan base on social media, before his first single The A Team (2011) entered the UK chart at number three. His 2011 debut album, + (‘Plus’), and 2014 album x (‘Multiply’) gained international acclaim – x becoming UK and US number one. In April 2017 he began a world tour of ÷ (‘Divide’), which made history as the fastest-selling album by a male artist. He has won Ivor Novello, BRIT and Grammy awards.

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Ed Sheeran, by Colin Davidson - NPG 7035

Ed Sheeran

by Colin Davidson
oil on linen, 2016
On display in Room 35 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7035

Ed Sheeran, by Steve Schofield - NPG x135927

Ed Sheeran

by Steve Schofield
C-type colour print, August 2011
NPG x135927

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