Keith Duffy Feared Career Was Over Before Landing Coronation Street Role: 'I Owe A Great Deal To That Show'

Keith Duffy has admitted he “owes a great deal” to Coronation Street after the show saved his career.

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The Boyzone star felt as though he would spend the rest of his days “talking about memories” following the boy band’s split in 2000 because he didn’t feel there was any point trying to forge a solo career because his voice was not good enough.

So he is forever grateful to Corrie bosses for giving him the role of Ciaran McCarthy in 2002, a role he portrayed for three years, and would “definitely” be up for appearing on the show again.

He told Inside Soap magazine: “I got the gig at Corrie, and that was huge for me.

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"I owe a great deal to that show, they took a chance on me, and it paid off. And it’s given me the opportunity to move into different areas of the entertainment world now.”

Keith was initially only supposed to play Ciaran for three weeks but signed up for longer after impressing, and the star admits he loved starring alongside some of the soap’s legends when he first joined.

He added: “I was very lucky in the early days, I was working with the likes of Johnny Briggs (Mike Baldwin) and John Savident (Fred Elliot) - the characters I’d grown up watching on TV.”

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Despite appearing on stage in front of thousands of people during his time with Boyzone, Keith finds acting in plays in front of a live audience terrifying.

He said: “Acting is something that scares the life out of me. I can go on stage with Boyzone in front of 10,000 people, and it wouldn’t cost me a thought.

"However, on the opening night of the play I did in Dublin, there were 2,000 people in the audience, and I was petrified!”

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