Ray Quinn looks unrecognisable a year after quitting showbiz to become labourer

31 December 2021, 11:40 | Updated: 31 December 2021, 11:53

Ray Quinn's clean cut style has evolved dramatically
Ray Quinn's clean cut style has evolved dramatically. Picture: Alamy / Instagram
Emma Gritt

By Emma Gritt

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Former X Factor star Ray Quinn wowed fans with his new muscular look and shoulder length hair

He charmed telly fans with his clean cut boyish good looks - but a year after quitting showbiz during the pandemic, Ray Quinn is looking very different.

The 33-year-old, who found fame as a child playing troubled Anthony Murray on Brookside earned the respect of the nation last year when it was revealed he had given up singing and acting to become a Hermes delivery driver.

His decision came at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, with a source explaining at the time the “hard grafting lad” was doing what he needed to do to support his family, including son Harry, 9.

In a photo shared to his Instagram on Wednesday night, Ray can be seen across a dining table with his knuckles under his chin.

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His upper torso looks incredibly muscular, with heavily tattooed arms poking out from his beige T-shirt and dark green gilet.

While his clothes are a million miles away from the usual suited and booted style he opted for when singing his swing-inspired songs, so is his hair.

Ray Quinn appeared on Dancing On Ice in 2014

What was once a neatly gelled quiff is now shoulder length curls, and a thick beard wraps itself around his lower face.

In early 2021 Ray revealed that he has started working for the family business, fitting carpets alongside his brothers Darren and Robin.

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They were taught the trade by their dad who sadly passed away from cancer in 2020.

He told the Mirror: "Dad knew I was going to help Rob and encouraged me to do it – but laughed when I said I’d lifted my first tool.

“When I first started, I actually went to work in my dad’s old uniform. He’d ­always said you can work your way out of anything; to keep your head up high – and that’s what I’ve done.

“It was good to be with my family during that difficult time.”

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