Keith Duffy reveals envy of son's pulling power
Keith Duffy has revealed that he's slightly jealous of his teenage son Jay - because he has more fans. The former Boyzone crooner - who is back on TV screens in Coronation Street as hunky chef Ciaran McCarthy - admitted that the 15-year-old Justin Bieber lookalike (pictured), who starred in rival soap Hollyoaks, gets all the autograph requests these days. "He winds me up about it. He's taller than me now - he's 6ft 1in - and he tells me he's better looking than me and that all the women like him more," he told The Sun. "In front of him I pretend it doesn't bother me because he'd only be worse. So I say, 'Yeah, right, you're only a kid'. But it does worry me - nobody likes to feel they're getting old." The 37-year-old added: "If I get girls running up to me now, it's nice and makes me feel as if I still have a bit of pull - but most of the time they come up to me and say, 'My granny loves you!'" Keith, who is married to wife Lisa, relishes playing ladies' man Ciaran on the ITV1 soap, because it's worlds apart from his true self. "He's nothing like me, which is why I love playing him. I've been with my wife for 17 years, whereas Ciaran is still young, free and single," he revealed.
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.