Gary Lineker may be known for being the face of Walker’s Crisps and his decades long series of amusing adverts, but he will now be putting his true acting abilities to the test in a big budget TV show.
The 60-year-old Match of the Day star has made a nice side career through his commercials career – which has put him, and his ears, on show in short ads.
Now Gaz will be hitting screens in a whole new capacity with a role on Apple TV’s football themed comedy series, Ted Lasso.
And it seems Gary is going method with his acting – as he will be playing a version of himself on the series which stars Hollywood actor Jason Sudeikis as the titular character of the series.
The show follow’s Jason’s character after he transfers from the USA to the UK to coach a fictional premiership league team called AFC Richmond.
The makers of the show see it as quite the scoop to land ex-professional footballer Gary for his role in the second season of the show – and the sporting 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.
“Filming took place on Tuesday at One Night Records in Southwark. When it comes to TV, Gary is an old hand so he didn’t need much guidance on the day. Everyone working on the show told him he was a complete natural.
“Gary will feature in the next series of the show during a scene where Ted’s assistant Coach Beard, played by Brendan Hunt, is imagining he is out for a night on the tiles in the capital.
“In his dream sequence Gary is in the nightclub, waving and being really friendly with him. Those working on the show were so excited when Gary agreed to appear. He is a huge part of the beautiful game and to have him on board added a really funny twist to the scene.”
The series features a host of established an up-and-coming UK talent and season one, which streamed on Apple TV+ last year, scooped a range of awards.
Game of Thrones and Sex Education star Hannah Waddingham features as the owner of the club, while Phil Dunster plays star striker Jamie Tartt.
Maleficent star Juno Temple plays love interest Keeley Jones, while up-and-coming actor, and Juno’s dashing Maleficent: Mistress of Evil co-star, Adam Colborne as relatable football fan Baz.