Throughout her life, American actress Carrie Fisher was widely known and loved for her many appearances on screen, most notably her iconic portrayal as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy from 1977 to 1983. Fisher, whose performance as Leia has been billed as an icon of the 1980s, a feminist heroine and the epitome of female empowerment, she was also incredibly popular in her personal life as she was the center of numerous celebrity inner circles and hosted a number of celebrity-filled parties at her home in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles.
Still, it might come as a shock to many fans of the late actor that she actually has an unexpected connection to British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. Although Sheeran rose to worldwide fame for his music career in the early 2010s — largely beginning with his debut album “+” in 2011 — following Fisher’s death in 2016, Sheeran was still relatively new (and young, at age 25) to the music scene So where does their special connection come from?
Well, actually through a mutual celebrity friend who played a very special role in their lives.
Carrie Fisher and Ed Sheeran are godparents to James Blunt’s child
In 2016, English singer-songwriter James Blunt and his wife, lawyer and aristocrat Sofia Wellesley, welcomed their first child, a son. Although Blunt, who is notoriously secretive about his private life, has not revealed the names of his children to the public, it was eventually revealed who he and Wellesley chose to be godparents for their older child.
In November 2017, Ed Sheeran revealed – perhaps inadvertently – that he had been named godfather to his close friend Blunt’s son. Speaking to The Sun at the time, Sheeran said he and Blunt would be “brothers for life,” and he believed Blunt called him godfather because “he knows I have a good idea of what kind of person he is.” wants to be when he grows up – an absolute boy.
Earlier that year – in March 2017 – Blunt announced that he and his wife had named his good friend Carrie Fisher, who had died less than three months earlier, as his child’s godmother. (Of course, she was still alive when her godchild was born.) However, she never had the opportunity to meet the newborn. Speaking to Hello!, Blunt said he was “really desperately sad” that his son would never meet his godmother, and that Fisher was “the most amazing person I know.” As it turns out, Blunt had known Fisher for quite some time.
James Blunt and Carrie Fisher have a long history
Understandably, Carrie Fisher and James Blunt have always been much closer than she and Ed Sheeran ever were; It’s entirely possible that the latter two never met, as Fisher died before she could meet Blunt’s child, their godson. In fact, Fisher and Blunt go back at least 13 years before their deaths. Per The Independent, Fisher first housed the aspiring singer-songwriter back in 2003 while recording his debut album, Back to Bedlam, after meeting through a former girlfriend of Blunt’s. Fisher contributed to the naming of the album and was incredibly supportive of her new friend’s career overall.
Shortly after her death, Blunt posted a heartfelt message on Twitter that read, “Sweet dreams darling [Carrie Fisher.] I’ll miss you. So much. x.”
However, Sheeran has an under-the-radar connection with Fisher that fans of both celebrities might find more relatable. In 2019, Sheeran had an uncredited cameo as a helmeted stormtrooper in the ninth installment of the Star Wars series, The Rise of Skywalker. Although Leia was supposed to be a significant character in the film, Fisher had died midway through production, and so most of her scenes were simply reused unreleased footage from previous films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While Fisher and Sheeran may never have met in real life, they will nonetheless have multiple connections that will ultimately transcend each of their on-screen appearances.