Duncan James has left hospital and will begin filming Hollyoaks next week


Duncan James from Blue has left hospital after suffering from a back injury and is looking forward to beginning work on Hollyoaks.

The singer will start filming for his role as Ryan Knight in Channel 4´s teen soap next week, a spokeswoman for Hollyoaks told the Press Association.

Duncan James will star in Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures)
Duncan James will star in Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures)

As he updated his fans about his condition on Twitter, the 38-year-old even shared a line about casting his vote in the European referendum.

A couple of weeks ago, Blue's rep tweeted a photo of Duncan giving a thumbs-up as he lay in his hospital bed.

Fans are already anticipating Duncan's appearances with actress Ashley Slanina-Davies who is reviving Amy Barnes, one of the soap's most memorable characters.

Amy, who has popped up occasionally over the past four years, was played full-time by Ashley from 2005 until 2012. But the character will be back full-time alongside boyfriend Ryan.

They're set to become one of soap's hottest couples.

Ashley Slanina-Davies in  Hollyoaks
Ashley Slanina-Davies in Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures)

Fans will recall Amy giving birth to daughter Leah Barnes as a teen mother and few will forget her fraught relationship with Ste Hay (played by Kieron Richardson). Arguably, one of the most unforgettable moments came when Ste cut off Amy's long hair.

Amy will move Ste's children Leah and Lucas and boyfriend Ryan to the village where she grew up. But she will be caught between her old life and her new one and this will put a strain on her relationship.

Pop band Blue in 2009
Pop band Blue in 2009 (Yui Mok/PA)

Talking about his forthcoming role, Duncan said: "I've always loved the soaps, I mean who doesn't? It's part of the British institution, soap operas, so for me to come from a pop background to going into soaps is something I'm really excited about.

"I know there are a lot of soap stars that have crossed into the pop world, so I'm just doing it the other way around."