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Saturday 16 December 2017

Actor Jay to juggle work and school

Jay Duffy's dad Keith and boxer John Joe Nevin at Niall's 19th birthday bash in Mullingar. Photo: Garret White
Jay Duffy's dad Keith and boxer John Joe Nevin at Niall's 19th birthday bash in Mullingar. Photo: Garret White

IT'S going to be a rough few months for Jay Duffy come September, as the rising star will have to juggle acting and studying for the Leaving Cert.

Jay's television debut came in 2011 when he landed a regular part on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.

He has since gone on to take part in the 24 Hour Plays at The Abbey as well as featuring in the latest season of the History Channel's Vikings.

Even though he's keeping an eye out for more roles, the 17-year-old son of Boyzone star Keith Duffy told the Herald he's going to have to scale back on his work commitments if he wants to get decent grades.

"There might be a couple of exciting projects coming up for me, but I'll have to juggle them with school this year," he said.

"I suppose putting acting on hold for a few months would be the wise thing to do, especially when it comes to crunch time and exams.

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"I'm in Belvedere College and I have to say they've been great - so lenient when it comes to giving me time off to work. I couldn't have asked for anything more than that.

"But sixth year is different, and it would absolutely have to be for a big job if I were to get time off from school."

Jay and his sister, Mia, have just returned from a holiday in the US with Keith and mum Lisa.

"It was really nice and chilled-out," Jay said.

"I'm hoping to get another holiday in before going back to school in September and heading into the dreaded Leaving Cert, but we'll see."

Jay, who has had no official training as an actor, is planning a move to the UK when he completes his second-level education.

"I'd be interested in studying drama after I finish, but I've a huge desire to go to London too," he said.

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