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Keith spent a large part of 2012 in Ireland with his family; the majority of his work centering around his efforts to raise money for autism charities (Irish Autism Action/Hearts & Minds Challenge) He was involved in a number of events and challenges throughout the year; they included The Big Red Bike Ride, The Steven Gerrard & Keith Duffy Charity Weekend, The Ironman (for the second time!) The Mad Men Ball & the annual Keith Duffy Masquerade Ball. He also took part in Celebrity editions of Blockbusters and The Chase; with the money he won in each show, going to Irish Autism Action.

 

Career-wise; Keith turned radio presenter on his own show for 98fm in May & again for a few weeks in December. He also hosted the Childline concert in November alongside Glenda Gilson at the o2 in Dublin.

 

The beginning of 2013 saw the announcement of The Keith Duffy 5k Run, taking place in June at the Pheonix Park in Dublin, which again raised money for Irish Autism Action.

 

In January, he took part in The 24 Hour Plays at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. A unique event which sees 6 playwrights, 6 directors and 24 actors come together to create and perform 6 new plays over a 24 hour period.

 

March saw Keith named as ambassador for The Stephen Gately Trust alongside his fellow Boyzone bandmates. Another charity-based event in May, saw him take on a 482km cycle ride for Hearts & Minds. It started in Malaga, going through Sevilla, Cadiz, finishing in Gibraltar.

 

As an actor, Keith spent some of 2013 filming 2 episodes of Irish drama, Love/Hate and a series of the online football comedy-drama, 5-A-Side. Away from acting, he appeared on the gameshows Five Minutes to Fortune & Tipping Point, with his winnings, as always, going to Irish Autism Action.

 

At the end of the year, Keith was back in the Boyzone fold as 2013 was a big year in the life of the band - they were celebrating 20 years since they first started. In November, they released BZ20; an album of new songs and in a tour of the same name, they sang old hits and new; celebrating the past and future of the band.

 

2014 started on a high for Keith, being awarded Irish Philanthropist of the Year in January.

 

In January & February, he dived his way to the final of ITV's Splash, finishing third behind Diversity's Perry Kiely and Paralympian, Richard Whitehead.

 

Keith made his UK Theatre debut as Stapler in A Handful of Stars at Theatre503 in Battersea. The initial run from April 30th - May 24th proved such a success that it allowed Keith to make his debut on a West End stage when it moved to the Trafalgar Studios for a 5 week stint in June.

 

The BZ20 tour reconvened with a string of summer dates during the period of May - August.

 

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie was released in cinemas in June, and Keith played the part of a security guard named John.

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Written & Researched by Leonie Stevens

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