Gary Lineker lands actor in hit Apple TV football comedy Ted Lasso
Gary Lineker may be known for being the face of Walker Crisps and his decades-long run of funny commercials, but he’s now going to put his true acting skills to the test on a big-budget TV show.
The 60-year-old Match of the Day star has had a successful secondary career throughout his advertising career – which has him and his ears featured in short commercials.
Now Gaz will hit screens in a whole new capacity with a role in Apple TV’s soccer comedy series Ted Lasso.
And it looks like Gary is taking the method with his acting – as he’ll be playing a version of himself on the show starring Hollywood actor Jason Sudeikis as the show’s titular character.
The show follows Jason’s character after he was transferred from the United States to the United Kingdom to coach a fictional Premier League team called AFC Richmond.
The show’s creators see it as scoop to land former professional footballer Gary for his role in the show’s second season – and the sports legend has already filmed his scenes.
A source told The Sun: “When Gary was approached to be a part of the show, he absolutely jumped at the chance.
“The shoot took place on Tuesday at One Night Records in Southwark. When it comes to TV, Gary is an elder, so he doesn’t need a lot of advice on this day. Everyone working on the show told him he was completely natural.
Gary will be featured on the show’s next series when a scene where Ted’s assistant coach Beard, played by Brendan Hunt, imagines he’s spending a night on the floor tiles. the capital.
“In his dream streak, Gary is in the nightclub waving his hand and being really friendly with him. Those who were working on the show were so excited when Gary agreed to appear. He’s an integral part of the beautiful game and having him on board added a really fun touch to the scene.
The series features a host of promising British talent and the first season, which aired on Apple TV + last year, won a series of awards.
Game of Thrones and sex education star Hannah Waddingham is the club owner, while Phil Dunster plays star striker Jamie Tartt.
Evil star Juno Temple plays love interest Keeley Jones, while upcoming actor, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil co-star from Juno, Adam Colborne as storytelling football fan, Baz.