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Travis Kelce Lands First Major TV Role in Ryan Murphy’s "Grotesquerie"

Wed 08 May 2024 | 09:43 AM
Travis Kelce
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Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end and Grammy-winning pop star Taylor Swift's boyfriend, has joined the cast of Ryan Murphy‘s new horror series “Grotesquerie.”

Kelce has been cast opposite Niecy Nash-Betts, Courtney B. Vance, and Lesley Manville in the FX series, which will premiere this fall. Although character details have not been revealed, this marks Kelce’s first major acting role.

Kelce confirmed the news in an Instagram Story featuring a video of himself and Nash-Betts.

“Guys, guess who I am working with in ‘Grotesquerie’?” Nash-Betts asks in the video before panning over to Kelce, saying: "Stepping into new territory with Niecy,”.

The NFL star previously acted in multiple sketches during his hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live” in March 2023. 

Kelce also appeared in one episode of the Showtime series “Moonbase 8,” starring Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, and John C. Reilly. He has worked in the unscripted TV space with his reality dating series “Catching Kelce,” which ran for one season in 2016, and is set to host Prime Video’s “Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?” game show.

Along with breaking into acting, Kelce made his debut as a film producer on the 2024 indie movie “My Dear Friend Zoe,” which premiered at SXSW.

Murphy’s relationship with FX dates to 2003’s “Nip/Tuck.” He continues to produce the anthology series “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story” and “Feud” for FX, as well as the upcoming “American Sports Story.” 

In December, it was announced that Murphy would collaborate with Kim Kardashian on a legal drama for Hulu.