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The going gets tough for Keith in stage drama

HE'S been flexing his acting muscles on television in recent years, but Keith Duffy found treading the boards his most 
difficult task yet.

The Boyzone singer has just returned from a holiday in Spain with his wife Lisa and their kids Jay and Mia.

Keith jetted over to the sunshine after his debut on the West End stage in London with A Handful of Stars and the former Coronation Street star told the Diary he was in serious need of a break.


"I've literally been away for six months, we finished the play on July 27 and then there were a few concerts with the lads, so it was great to get over to the family and chill out."

Even though there is little money in theatre, the 39-year-old said it was important for him to show that he's serious about acting.

"It's very difficult for casting directors to take a chance and because of Boyzone I'm a familiar face," he said.

"It's a hard graft and it's terrifying, but the reviews were phenomenal and to get that positive reaction when you come from a musical background is fantastic.


"It was a tough enough role, it was gruelling too because we had six shows a week and then on my day off I had a concert with Boyzone."

Even though he appears in two episodes of season four of RTE hit Love/Hate, Dubliner Keith revealed to the Diary that he will not feature in the next instalment, due to air in October.

"I was delighted to get a part in it, but there were a lot of mixed opinions about me and sometimes 
people in Ireland are hard to please."