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Keith wraps his first sci-fi movie but charity ball is a far tougher challenge

THE ever industrious Keith Duffy has just wrapped filming on his first ever sci-fi film which he is hoping might open up his talents to the US market.

The former Boyzone star (38) returned from Bulgaria earlier this month having finished shooting the TV film for US Syfy Channel.

"Yeah, It's all a bit in the air but I just finished filming in Bulgaria," Keith told the Diary.

"The weird thing about doing any film like that is you can never tell what it looks like until it's done because you're in front of green screens the whole time. It was good fun, the mum from ET, Dee Wallace, is also in it."

Keith, who previously played bartender and all-round charmer Ciaran McCarthy on Coronation Street, says playing such a different role was an exhilarating experience.

"It was an enjoyable experience, it was an action role so it was great doing something different," he said.

"There were loads of fast cars; we'll see how it goes. It's definitely the area I want to move in to."

While he's passionate about the craft, Keith admits breaking into the acting world fulltime is a tough gig.

"I audition for things the whole time, you get very used to rejection in this business. Nine out of 10 auditions you don't get, especially if it's American, but it's all part of the job."

Fresh from his stint Down Under where he had turned down an offer to appear on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Keith said he had a laugh filming a few segments for the spin-off show I'm A Celeb Get Me Out of Here ... Now! with Laura Whitmore.

"I had a great time when I was down in Australia. It was great to work with Laura -- she's doing a fantastic job, flying the flag for us.

"She's very, very good at what she does. She makes it look so easy; I've done some TV but I'm nowhere as good as her. She's flawless. She looks so natural. She's very chilled and very relaxed."


Movie and trips to Oz aside, Keith is busy getting ready for his biggest gig of the year, The Annual Autism Ireland Masquerade Ball, which is taking place in the Ritz Carlton on December 1.

"It's the big one, that's where all the pressure is but I'm really looking forward to it," he said. "It's already sold out and I have 42 people waiting to buy a table -- which is incredible."

The star-studded event is always a glitzy affair and this year Mario Rosenstock and Imelda May will be keeping the guests entertained.

"It's a great night," Keith said. "It goes on till about 7am in the morning, it's always a great party."