Keith Duffy says the door is still open for a 'Coronation Street' return.

Keith Duffy

Keith Duffy

The 45-year-old singer and actor played barman Ciaran McCarthy for two separate stints until his exit in 2011, and a possible cobbles comeback has been raised over the years but the timing wasn't right.

He's quoted by the Daily Star newspaper's Hot TV column: "Since I left I've been approached on a couple of occasions about the possibility of going back but it never suited my timescale."

The Boyzone singer - who appeared on 'Corrie' from 2002 to 2005 again from 2010 to 2011 - previously insisted he wouldn't want to return for a third run because it's such a "full-on job".

Speaking back in 2018, he said: "A couple of times, yeah. [Am I tempted?] No, it's a full-on job, six days a week, 14 hours a day, living in Manchester. I love Manchester but my home is in Ireland."

However, he admitted he will always treasure his time on the ITV soap because it gave him direction after Boyzone split up in 1999 and taught him a lot about acting.

He told BANG Showbiz at the time: "I'd never say no [to going back], I loved 'Corrie', it came at a very important part of my life.

"Ronan [Keating] and Stephen [Gately] predominantly did the lead vocals in Boyzone so when we broke up, a solo career for me wasn't really on the cards - I'm a great singer like but I didn't have the profile Ronan had.

"'Corrie' picked me up when I was a little bit lost and it gave me direction and an education. I was there for 10 years, I did a lot of theatre, and I love to do that."

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