Ray Quinn: X Factor and Brookside star ‘working as Hermes delivery driver’ for £11 an hour

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Ray Quinn, 32, was the runner up to Leona Lewis on The X Factor 14 years ago, before winning Dancing On Ice in 2009. He is now believed to have taken on a new role working for Hermes with an insider saying he feared being “bored” in lockdown, so applied for a job as a delivery man to keep busy.

Times are tough

A source

The source said: “Times are tough and no one can be snobby about work.

“Ray is a hard-grafting lad, and naturally loves being on the move, doing things and seeing people.

“He feared getting bored so applied for a job with Hermes and has been dropping off packages ever since.

“It’s kept him busy and he’s really popular — especially with fans who want a selfie,” they added to The Sun.

Express.co.uk has contacted a spokesperson for Ray Quinn asking for comment.

Ray was a child star in Brookside and went on to win the ITV skating show in 2009.

He also won the follow-up All-Stars series five years later.

Last month he released his third album Undeniable.

Recently he appeared on Hollyoaks playing villain Jonny Baxter.

In an interview with New! Magazine at the end of last year, the star said he would love his character, Jonny, to return, just a month after his last scenes aired.

“I’ve just finished it,” the 31-year-old explained of his departure.

 “Whether I’m back, I’m not sure. 

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“That’s in their hands, but I would love to return,” he added.

Ray previously said his time on the soap was the “opportunity of a lifetime” as he featured in a hard-hitting storyline focused on far-right extremism.

“[For] the most part, it’s been positive and I’m really pleased to have been part of it,” Ray said of his contribution to the challenging storyline.

“Plus, getting cast for something that I wouldn’t usually have been considered for, after being in the West End and on reality TV, is an opportunity of a lifetime. 

“Having the opportunity from [executive producer] Bryan Kirkwood to be cast in such a way is a chance to prove myself as an actor again.”

In 2019, Ray announced his engagement to girlfriend Emily Fletcher.

Ray has been dating dance teacher Emily since June 2016, however, the pair haven’t publicly announced a date for their nuptials just yet.

Before dating Emily, the soap actor was married to long-term love Emma Stephens. 

The couple wed in the Caribbean before welcoming their son Harry shortly after.

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