Keith Peter Thomas Francis John Duffy
(born 1 October1974
) is an Irish
singer and actor who began his career as part of Boyzone.
A native of Dublin
, Duffy has experienced a raised profile following his appearance on the first series of Celebrity Big Brother
in 2001—finishing third out of six. He branched out from the mime
he specialized in during his time in Boyzone to more serious acting, most notably on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street
as the character Ciaran McCarthy
. He also starred in a television advertisement for condoms
, and as presenter of The Box
on Irish television channel TV3
. He also played the title role in The Wizard of Oz
, staged at the Pavilion Theatre in Weymouth
. Keith is reportedly working on solo material, with a rumored collaboration with singer Rihanna.
Duffy married Lisa Smith in June 1998 in Las Vegas. They have two children, Jordan (born 22 April1996) and Mia (born 11 March2000). After Mia was diagnosed with autism, Duffy has become involved in raising awareness of the condition. He is also well known in Ireland as a judge on the RTE singing show You're A Star.