Keith Duffy is an Irish singer-songwriter, actor, radio and television presenter and drummer who began his professional music career as part of 1990s boyband Boyzone. Born in a suburb of Dublin in 1974, Keith’s first love was sport, representing the Dublin Under-16s for three years, but soon turned his talent to music with the purchase of a drum kit aged 16.
Keith first became aware of Boyzone after hearing auditions to become a member were being held. He was unsuccessful in securing an audition, but was later noticed by Louis Walsh – who became the band’s manager – whilst dancing in Dublin’s POD Nightclub and was then invited to audition, before passing with flying colour and joining the band.
Between 1993 and 2000, Boyzone ruled the airwaves; the band sold more than 13 million records in total and all sixteen of their singles had reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. They also became the first Irish act to have four number one hits in the United Kingdom charts, and are often rated the most successful boyband in Britain behind Take That.
Following the band’s demise in 2000, Keith’s profile was raised as a result of his appearance on the first series of the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother in 2001, where he finished third out of six. In the same year, he appeared on the celebrity special in the fourth season of Fort Boyard alongside Tris Payne, Scott Wright, Sally Gray, and Nell McAndrew.
He branched out to acting, most notably on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street as the character Ciaran McCarthy. What was meant to be a three-week stint on the show turned into three years from 2002 to 2005. Nowadays Keith enjoys success as part of a reformed Boyzone, with three albums released so far since 2010 and a spate of tour and concert shows under his belt, has been appearing in plays and television dramas, and regularly takes part in charity events.
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