Duncan James

Duncan James

born on 7/4/1978 in Salisbury, England, United Kingdom

Duncan James

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Duncan James (born Duncan Matthew James Inglis; 7 April 1978)[1] is an English singer, actor and television presenter. He is best known as a member of the boy band Blue from 2000 to 2005 and again from 2009 following their reformation. He is also known for playing Ryan Knight in Hollyoaks.

Early life

James was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire.[1] He grew up an only child in Dorset and was raised primarily by his mother and grandparents after his father abandoned his mother before he was born.[2] He was raised a "strict Catholic"[3][4][5] and educated at Dumpton School (where his grandfather worked as a music teacher),[6] Milldown School (Blandford Forum), Corfe Hills School (Broadstone), and Sidmouth College (East Devon). At the age of 15 he played Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He played Dr Watson in Sherlock Holmes for Sidmouth Youth Theatre. James also worked for Haven Holidays as a Havenmate on the Isle of Wight and at West Bay in Dorset.


2000–2005: Career with Blue

James, along with Antony Costa, convinced Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe in early 2000 to form the group Blue.[7] Blue's R&B-influenced pop allowed the group to achieve commercial success in the United Kingdom and many other countries, including Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, France, Australia and New Zealand. The band released their debut single "All Rise" in May 2001 and it reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. Their follow up single, "Too Close", was released in August 2001 peaking at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. They went on to achieve a second number one in November with the ballad "If You Come Back". The album All Rise was released in time for Christmas and reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, eventually selling in excess of 1.8 million albums in the UK. The final single from the album, "Fly By II", reached No. 6 in March 2002.

Their second studio album, One Love, was released in October 2002; it entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 1 and sold more than 150,000 copies. Three singles were released from the album: "One Love", which peaked at No. 3, "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word", featuring vocals from Elton John, which peaked at No. 1, and "U Make Me Wanna", which peaked at No. 4.[8] Their third studio album, Guilty, was released in autumn 2003; it too entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 1, and sold 100,000 copies in the week of release. The album spawned four singles, including "Guilty", which peaked at No. 2, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours", featuring vocals from Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone, which peaked at No. 11, "Breathe Easy", which peaked at No. 4, and "Bubblin'", which peaked at No. 9.

A compilation album, Best of Blue, followed in July 2005; this included three tracks only previously performed in Japan: "The Gift", "It's Alright" and "Elements". By the indication of the album booklet, a live version of "Lonely This Christmas" from CD:UK was intended to be track seven on the album; however, this was removed from the track listing for unknown reasons. The album was available in several European countries, as well as Japan, Thailand[9] and China; however it was a commercial failure, and failed to chart anywhere. The album was not released in the UK, despite copies being widely available.

2006–2010: Future Past, stage and television

James returned to the music scene in May 2006 with his solo single "Sooner or Later", releasing the video in early May and planning to release the single commercially on 5 June 2006. The video reached No. 2 on The Box and No. 5 on The Hits. However, the single was no commercial success and entered the British charts at No. 35, before slipping down to No. 72 in its second week. "Can't Stop a River" was James's next single. Released on 21 August 2006, the track would only reach No. 59 in the UK and No. 97 in Ireland. In continental Europe, where "Can't Stop a River" was released a day earlier than in the UK, it similarly proved unpopular, dropping out of the singles charts in many countries such as France, Turkey, Germany, and Belgium. James' album also fell short, selling less than 1,000 copies in the UK in its first week (and failing to reach the Top 50). The album sold a total of 412,350 copies around the world.

Although his debut album did not do as well as hoped (except in Italy, where it reached No. 2 on the chart and was certified as platinum for shipments of 80,000 copies), on 2 February 2007, music channel B4 premièred the video for "Amazed", his new single which was scheduled to be released 12 March 2007. However, there was once again a lack of interest. The release was cancelled and James was dropped from his recording contract. He has since announced he has quit his solo career. In 2007 he appeared in the West End production of Chicago.[10] He completed ten more weeks in Chicago from 10 December 2007 until 9 February 2008.[11] He appeared in an episode of The Bill entitled "The Morning After", which aired on 1 January 2009. It was confirmed in February 2009 that James had been selected to replace Denise Van Outen as presenter of Grease: the School Musical, the sequel to Hairspray: The School Musical. Filming commenced in early 2009.

In May 2009 James announced the UK's voting in the Eurovision Song Contest. He presented Hannah-Oke on Disney Channel UK, a singing dancing contest based on the popular Disney TV series Hannah Montana. He also appeared on Celebrity Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old? and raised £10,000 for his charities. In 2006, James appeared with the other members of the boyband Blue on 26 June episode of Ministry of Mayhem, where James and the other band members were all hypnotised by UK stage hypnotist David Days.[12]

James has worked occasionally as a television presenter, having presented the 95.8 Capital FM's Party in the Park for the Prince's Trust (2003 and 2004), and ITV2's coverage of the TV series Soapstar Superstar, along with Jayne Middlemiss. His other presenting work includes Pop City Live, Variety Club Showbusiness Awards 2004, T4 Movie Special: Spider-Man 2, Record of the Year: Downloaded and GMTV's Entertainment Today.

He took part on ITV1's Dancing on Ice in 2007, when he made it to the grand final alongside rugby player Kyran Bracken and actress Clare Buckfield. He came third in the contest, although was unable to perform his Bolero performance. In 2007 James played himself in the pilot episode of Plus One, which was part of Channel 4's Comedy Showcase. A full series was broadcast in 2009, in which he played a broad caricature of himself called "Duncan From Blue". He made an appearance on a new show for Sky One, Guinness World Records Smashed, performing with Festival4Stars contestants.[13] It aired in November 2008.[14] In 2008 he became an Ambassador of Festival4Stars talent competition after he judged a national final.[13] James was cast as one of the leads in the musical Legally Blonde (adapted from the film Legally Blonde) as it transferred from Broadway to London's West End in December 2009.[15] He played opposite Sheridan Smith as Elle, and Aoife Mulholland as Brooke.[16] In December 2009, James appeared as Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde.[17] He appeared as a celebrity guest on 14 August 2009 on Daily Cooks Challenge.[18] In 2010 he presented the quiz show Scream if You Know the Answer! where the contestants have to answer questions whilst on rollercoasters. In July 2010 he was a judge on Don't Stop Believing, a talent show for choirs. He has his own radio show on 95.8 Capital FM, every Sunday from 7–10 pm. In 2009 he briefly made an appearance on an episode of the UK reality show What Katie Did Next, about the life of model Katie Price. Duncan is currently starring in the hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

2011–present: Return with Blue

The band represented the UK at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with the song "I Can" coming in 11th place with 100 points. Blue released their fourth studio album, Roulette on 25 January 2013 with "Hurt Lovers" as the lead single. On 21 February 2013, it was confirmed that the group would be joining The Big Reunion in which six groups from the past, including Liberty X, Atomic Kitten and 5ive, reform for a one-off gig. Beginning in May 2013, the group were to tour Great Britain and Ireland with the other groups in The Big Reunion concert series.[19] On 27 March 2013 the group announced they would embark on their first headlining tour later on in the year, their first tour in nearly ten years.

Personal life

According to an interview he gave to Gabby Logan on BBC Radio 5 Live on 28 July 2007, he is a great-grandson of Herbert Chapman, the manager of the Arsenal football team of the 1930s.

He has a daughter named Tianie Finn (born 26 February 2005) by former girlfriend Claire Grainger. He defined himself as bisexual in an interview with the News of the World on 12 July 2009,[3][4][20] although in 2012 interviews identified himself as gay.[21] In separate interviews in 2012 and 2014, James specified that he enjoys having sex with women but still identifies as a gay man, making the claim that "Regardless of whether I sleep with women or not, I’m still sleeping with men so I’m gay."[22][23]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bo' Selecta! Himself / Various role Season 2, Episode 5
2006–07 Soapstar Superstar: Extra Tracks Himself / Presenter
2007 Dancing on Ice Himself / Competitor Season 2; 3rd place
2007 DanceX Billy Flynn Season 1, Episode 4
2007 Comedy Showcase Himself "Plus One" (Season 1, Episode 3)
2009 The Bill Dan Coleman "The Morning After" (Series 25, Episode 1)
2009 Grease: the School Musical Himself / Judge
2009 Hannah-Oke Himself / Presenter
2010 Don't Stop Believing Himself / Judge
2010–11 Scream! If You Know the Answer Himself / Presenter Season 1
2012 Spy Himself / Presenter "Christmas Special: Codename – Show Stopper" (Season 2, Episode 11)
2013 Celebrity Juice Himself The Big Reunion Special (Season 9, Episode 5)
2013 Big Star's Little Star Himself Season 1, Episode 2
2016–18 Hollyoaks Ryan Knight Regular role
2016 Pointless Celebrities Himself 2016 Christmas special
2017 The Chase Himself Celebrity Special


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Future Past
  • Released: 12 June 2006
  • Label: Innocent Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
55 68 29 2 59
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"I Believe My Heart"
(with Keedie)
2004 2 16 67 29 13 49 13 Future Past
"Sooner or Later" 2006 35 2 3 9
"Can't Stop A River" 59 4
"Amazed" 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Greatest Love of All"[33]
(featuring Rachel Stevens and Children of Fight for Life)
2008 Charity single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


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  2. ^ Lucy Siegle (26 February 2006). "What would you save if your house was burning down?". London: Observer.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Wootton, Dan (12 July 2009). "Duncan James: I have flings with men". News of the World. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "'I have flings with men': Blue's legendary lothario Duncan James admits he's bisexual". Daily Mail. UK. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Writer, Staff. "Blue star Duncan James comes out as bisexual". PinkNews.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "33 famous people who went to school in Dorset". Dorset Magazine. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Blue – Overview AllMusic
  8. ^ "Blue bands settle name dispute". BBC News. 30 June 2003. 
  9. ^ "4Ever Blue Thailand edition". Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Duncan James Extends Chicago Stint Three Weeks". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Independent Talent Group Ltd Presenters". Independenttalent.com. Archived from the original on 18 July 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "David Days". David Days. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Purestar Productions: Intensive Dance Training & Corporate Entertainment". Festival4stars.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Showbiz". London: The Sun. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Sheridan Smith Nabs Legally Blonde's Elle". Whatsonstage.com. 16 March 2009. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Duncan James Gets Legal with Sheridan Smith". Whatsonstage.com. 16 March 2009. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Legally Blonde – James and Smith confirmed". IndieLondon. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "Daily Cooks Challenge Returns – Throng". Tvthrong.co.uk. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "Blue Join Reality Show The Big Reunion". mtv.com. MTV. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  20. ^ Nunn, Gary (14 July 2009). "Duncan James's sexuality". London: Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Duncan James tortured by Catholic guilt over sexuality". Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Blue's Duncan James admits he 'still enjoys having sex with girls' as he shows his hot body in new shoot". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  23. ^ "Duncan James: 'I call myself gay, but I still have sex with women'". Gay Star News. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  24. ^ a b c "The Official Charts Company – Duncan James". The Official Charts Company. 5 May 2013. Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. 
  25. ^ "Charverfolgung Longplay" (in German). musicline.de PhonoNet. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  26. ^ "Japan Charts – albums, DVDs and singles". Oricon. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  27. ^ a b "Italian Charts". italiancharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  28. ^ a b "Swiss Charts" (in German). swisscharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  29. ^ "Belgium Charts > Lee Ryan". Ultratop – Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 1 December 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  30. ^ "Charverfolgung Longplay" (in German). musicline.de PhonoNet. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  31. ^ "Irish Charts". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  32. ^ "Ukrainian Chart". FDR. 10 May 2009. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  33. ^ "Rachel in a new charity single with Duncan James". Rachel Stenves Official. Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 


  • AllMusic's description of Blue
  • "Life of Ryan", "The Guardian", 3 July 2005, retrieved 17 May 2006
  • "Duncan James slams ex-bandmates, "ContactMusic", 1 May 2006, retrieved 17 May 2006
  • Everyhit.com Lists chart ranks for UK singles
  • "James vows to be a good dad", "ContactMusic", 1 December 2004, retrieved 17 May 2006
  • "When does the fun start?" by Zoe Williams, The Guardian, 4 October 2003, retrieved 17 May 2006

External links

  • Duncan James on IMDb
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