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Keeping fame in the family... Boyzone stars' children follow dads onto screen

IT seems a lust for the limelight runs in the blood.

Both Keith Duffy and Ronan Keating's children appear set to follow their celebrity dads into the glamorous world of showbusiness.

Next week, Keith's eldest son Jay Duffy is playing lovestruck Romeo in Corcadorca's production of Romeo And Juliet in the Cork Opera House.

The 16-year-old is thrilled to be cast in the prestigious production and says he jumped at the chance to audition. "When my agent told me they wanted to hear me read for the role, I grabbed the opportunity," he said.


This will be Jay's first professional stage role. "I knew I wanted to act as soon as I started secondary school," he said.

Jay, whose dad starred in Coronation Street, has a bright future ahead of him after making his TV debut last summer on Channel 4 series Hollyoaks.

He was cast as Declan Brady, the son of bad boy Brendan Brady, who is played by Irish actor Emmet J Scanlon.

Apparently Jay floored the producers with his performance, so much so that Channel 4 bosses wanted to make him a full-time cast member.

They even offered to pay for Jay's private tuition on set. But dad Keith, who played barman Ciaran McCarthy in Corrie, put his foot down and said no.

"I believe a child should be allowed to be a child, he doesn't need to be working 12 hour days when he's only 15."

The transition-year student is is using his Corcadorca experience as part of his transition year work placement.

Meanwhile, Ronan Keating's daughter Missy is making waves on the silver screen. The 11-year-old schoolgirl has been cast as Chloe Grace in upcoming film The Sea. The €2.5m feature film is an adaptation of John Banville's Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name.

Missy also starred in horror film The Dark Touch alongside Amy Huberman's brother Mark.

Missy's mum Yvonne (38) met her current partner, director of photography, John Conroy while minding Missy on location in Wexford.