'Petrol head' Keith Duffy moves into car accessory business
Boyzone star Keith Duffy is branchind out from the world of showbusiness and becoming a businessman.
The entertainer-turned-entrepreneur (40) has decided that life in the fast lane is for him as he invests in Irish car accessories company Tyreland.
While his new role as co-owner of the company is a little less glamorous than his normal day, the former Coronation Street actor says he'll be right at home in his overalls, as he describes himself as a "petrol head".
Keith, who played Casanova barman Ciaran on the popular soap, seems to be channelling Corrie mechanic Tyrone Dobbs as he gets down and dirty to promote his latest venture.
After first finding fame in Boyzone, the Dublin native moved into acting when the band split in 2000.
He went on to star in numerous TV and stage productions, including a stint on RTE's gritty crime drama Love/Hate.
Keen to add another string to his bow, Keith proves he's a triple threat with this latest move into the business world.
Already employing over 20 staff in six depots in Dublin and Meath, the singer revealed he's hoping to make the Irish-owned company even bigger.
"We are also looking into ways which we can grow the business in the near future so watch this space," he said in a statement.
"You only have to listen to customer feedback to know that it works - people want value for money and a great service - and if they get it they tell others."
The Dublin actor also recently stepped down as a patron for the charity Irish Autism Action after many years in the role, helping to raise €8m in funds. The boyband star made the decision to concentrate on his family and career.
His daughter Mia (inset), who was diagnosed with autism when she was 18 months old, is currently studying for her Junior Cert.