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Other acting credits include ‘The Bombmaker’ for Sky One, a film called ‘Three Crosses’ and six episodes of Irish soap, ‘The Clinic’ from 2004 to 2007. Keith also appeared in a pilot episode of a comedy named ‘Be more ethnic’ for digital channel, BBC3.
In 07/08, Keith was a judge on RTE one’s ‘You’re a star,’ Irelands answer to ‘X Factor.’ On the previous series, Keith had presented the programme once it had reached the live shows.
Other presenting jobs included; ‘The race’ on ITV2, a couple of holiday shows for the BBC where he appeared with his young family and ‘The Box’ for TV in his home country.
In November 2007, it was announced that Boyzone were to tour the UK and Ireland for the first time in 8 years. For Keith it meant putting his problems with Ronan behind him, something he says his daughter helped him to do; ‘Mia taught me a lesson; that’s what a real problem is – and that has to be dealt with emotionally. The childish bitterness and upsets in relationships are all insignificant and it all made me realise how lucky Ronan and I were. The childish bickering was just that; childish bickering.’
Joining up with Boyzone also meant he had to turn down the chance of a Westend role but as Keith said on ‘The Late Late Show,’ there was no doubt he would choose the boyz. Of his acting career Keith says; ‘I felt like I was being taken seriously as an actor. I had TV roles coming in by the dozen and scripts coming to the door and I was getting great critical acclaim. I also met with people in America who wanted to put me into sitcoms there.’
May 2008 arrived and Keith and the boyz thrilled their fans on the ‘Back again... No matter what’ tour, something which he admitted he'd been excited about beforehand, exclaiming; ‘I’ve no doubt in my mind that, that first night is going to be the most electrifying night of my life.’ Keith also admitted that while Boyzone were away he had missed the closeness and bond that the five lads had built up over their seven years together.
2008 also saw Keith win a ‘people of the year award’ in his home country for all his hard work in raising awareness of autistic children’s plight.
At the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009, Keith managed to fit in an acting stint in Irish soap, ‘Fair City;’ where he played Ringo Leyden; a nurse who played the drums; his real name was James but the nickname Ringo stuck – for obvious reasons.
2009 saw Keith continuing his work with autistic charities; including high profile TV interviews and raising just over fifteen thousand pounds, running the London Marathon in under four hours; stopping the clock at 3 hours 52 minutes. Shortly after that personal achievement; Keith was taken into hospital for a double hernia operation, later revealing that he had felt pain around the 16 mile mark; he continued the marathon, not wanting to let anyone down. Initially, there was a worry that Keith’s injury would cause problems for Boyzone’s forthcoming arena tour but after a little rest, he was back rehearsing (cautiously) with the rest of the lads. The Better ’09 tour started on May 24th in Belfast's Odyssey arena. It saw Keith play the drums for the first time on stage with Boyzone, starting off ‘A different beat’ with his own solo spot.
Written & Researched by Leonie Stevens