Ed Sheeran is related to Mafia mobster Frank Sheeran from Martin Scorsese’s new film The Irishman – The Sun

ED Sheeran has discovered he is related to the murdering mobster in Martin ­Scorsese’s new film.

The Irishman stars Robert De Niro as hitman Frank Sheeran — infamous for “painting houses” by splattering the walls with his victims’ blood.

The A Team singer Ed, 28, is said to have revealed the secret to film co-star Stephen Graham.

Line of Duty’s Stephen, 46, said: “They’re related, you know. Honest to God — I swear on my nana’s life.

“That’s what Ed said, he says it’s his distant uncle.”

Of the film, he added: “It’s all based on true events, on Frank Sheeran. Before he passed away, he gave all this information to a ­journalist who turned it into a book.”

The biography — I Heard You Paint Houses, by Charles Brandt — says 6ft 4in Frank worked for crime lords Russell Bufalino and Angelo Bruno, played in the movie by Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel.

He was also used as muscle by union kingpin Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino.

Hoffa went missing in 1975 and writer Brandt said Frank claimed he had killed him.

Ed seemed oblivious to the family link when the film — currently at cinemas before airing on Netflix on November 27 — was first announced.

He wrote on social media: “Robert De Niro is playing a top Irish gangster in a new Martin ­Scorsese film. The gangster he is playing is called Frank Sheeran. True story.”

Frank died of cancer in 2003, aged 83. Last night Ed was unavailable for comment.

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