Who is Duncan James? Former Blue singer and Hollyoaks actor – The Sun

DUNCAN James rose to fame in the early 2000s as one quarter of boy-band Blue.

The singer has since branched out into acting and has even appeared in a number of reality shows.

Who is Duncan James?

Duncan James, 43, is a singer, actor and television presenter best known for being part of popular noughties boyband Blue who was born on April 7, 1978.

Duncan, alongside band members Antony Costa, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe, enjoyed hits such as All Rise, Too Close and One Love when they hit the big time in 2001.

In late 2004, the band announced a hiatus before releasing a compilation album later that year.

In 2013, the lads reformed once more to take part in The Big Reunion TV show and subsequent tour alongside other popular pop groups from the past – including Atomic Kitten, Liberty X and 5ive.

What is Duncan James' net worth?

Duncan has amassed a small fortune since his rise to fame.

He reportedly has a fortune of around £3 million pounds, with estimates ranging from £1 to 5 million.

This is largely down to being in Blue and appearing on TV.

 

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When did Duncan James join Hollyoaks?

Duncan joined the Hollyoaks cast in August 2016 and played policeman Ryan Knight.

His character was the husband of Hollyoaks stalwart Amy Barnes, who is mum to Leah and Lucas – her children by Ste Hay.

However, Ryan killed Amy on their wedding day.

He made his brief comeback to the Channel 4 soap in April 2018, before leaving the part behind again.

What else has Duncan appeared in?

Between his popstar and soapstar career, Duncan made a name for himself treading the boards in musicals.

He toured the UK as Tick in the drag queen extravaganza Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and also took on the role of Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Making sure he truly is a jack of all trades when it comes to entertainment, he has presented TV shows including Soapstar Superstar, Pop City Live and Entertainment Today on GMTV.

In 2021, Duncan bravely agreed to get his kit off on TV for charity on ITV's Strictly The Real Full Monty.

When did Duncan James reveal he is gay?

Duncan came out as bisexual in 2010 – but by 2012 he revealed he was actually gay.

In an interview with OK! Magazine, he revealed that he came out to bandmate Simon Webbe.

Duncan previously dated celebrity socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and was devastated when she died at 45 in 2016.

He also has one daughter named Tianie Finn by his ex-girlfriend Claire Grainger.

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