Duncan James talks rivalry with Lee Ryan: ‘Hollyoaks is WAY better than EastEnders!’


by Emma Dodds |
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Hollyoaks actor and Blue singer Duncan James has spoken EXCLUSIVELY to Closer Online about his friendly rivalry with his bandmate and fellow soap star Lee Ryan…

Duncan James and his Blue bandmates - Simon Webbe, Anthony Costa and Lee Ryan - shot to fame in 2001 when their debut single, All Rise, shot to number one.

Since then, the Blue boys have been all over our TVs (who can forget Lee’s controversial CBB love triangle, Simon’s sexy moves on Strictly or Anthony’s I’m a Celeb waterfall showers?), so we weren’t at all surprised when Duncan, 39, landed a role in Hollyoaks playing killer copper Ryan Knight.

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But Duncan isn’t the only member of Blue to have turned to a career in Soapland, as last year Lee bagged himself a part in EastEnders as Woody Woodward.

And now that Blue are due to embark on a nationwide tour, will there be any rivalry between the two soap stars? Duncan dished the dirt..

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Duncan and Lee looking suave with their Blue band mates ©Getty

"I wouldn’t say there's any rivalry at all, we both work hard!" Duncan told us... before going on to totally change his tune!

"There’s no competition about it, but I’ve got to say Hollyoaks storylines are way better than EastEnders'!"


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It's been non-stop drama for Duncan's character Ryan in Hollyoaks! ©Lime Pictures

He went on: "Sometimes I’ll talk to Lee and ask what he's been up to at work and he’ll say he had to bring someone a cup of tea. I’m like, wow, I killed somebody today, I’ve snogged three people, I’ve hidden a body!"

So, er, there is a bit or rivalry then!

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In fact, Duncan revealed it's Hollyoaks' adventurous storylines that keep him loving his job...

"The thing is with Hollyoaks, if someone was to bring a cup of tea you just know that it’s poisoned or it’s going to explode or something – it’s not just a normal cup of tea in Hollyoaks!

"I think that’s why it’s so much fun doing my job, because the storylines are SO full on, it’s insane.

"I mean, I murdered my wife on my wedding day whilst having sex with Adam Rickett... it’s mental! But people love it."

We sure do!

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