Duncan James (born Duncan Matthew James Inglis; April 7, 1978) 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.
James was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire. 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. He was raised a "strict Catholic" and educated at Dumpton School (where his grandfather worked as a music teacher), 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.
According to an interview he gave to Gabby Logan on BBC Radio 5 Live on July 28, 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 February 26, 2005) by former girlfriend Claire Grainger. He defined himself as bisexual in an interview with the News of the World on July 12, 2009, although in 2012 interviews identified himself as gay. 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."