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Keith Duffy admits he was typecast after working on Coronation Street


Keith Duffy has revealed that he has missed out on acting gigs because he was too much of a familiar face – after starring on Coronation Street.

The actor starred as Ciaran McCarthy on Corrie for nine years, and is best known for being a part of popular band Boyzone.

“It’s difficult having the band background and the Coronation Street background. It’s difficult sometimes to get work,” he admitted.

Keith Duffy's Masquerade Ball 2014

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The Boyzone star said that he was typecast by a lot of directors – so he took it upon himself to create something new, which led to the creation of Boyzlife with Brian McFadden.

“A lot of casting directors will think that I’ve got too much of a familiar face – typecast I think you call it,” he told Lucy Kennedy and Martin King on the Seven O’Clock Show.

“I hated waiting for the phone to ring to get work, so I thought, ‘I’m going to have to create my own thing here.’

“So I just thought, ‘I’ve been in the business over 20 years, I’ve performed with some of the most amazing performers in the world and I’ve got some great stories to tell.'”

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Despite his passion to create Boyzlife – Keith was nervous about his singing ability.

“I got the feeling I might be a little over-exposed on stage. I mean, I’ve never pretended to be a great singer. I thought my vocal ability might be a little exposed.

“As we’re all aware, Ronan [Keating] and Stephen [Gately], God rest him, did lead vocals in Boyzone, but I had to step up to the plate now, because me and Brian are sharing the vocals of Westlife songs and Boyzone songs,” he added.

“But at these corporate events it was more music, so I had to step up to the plate and do some singing.

“But I loved it. I did more singing in a week than I did in 20 years of Boyzone.”

Meanwhile, the Dubliner recently sold his lavish home in Swords -that was originally on the market for €1.3 million.