X Factor’s Ray Quinn ‘humiliated’ to lay rugs at Brookside Close where his career began

X Factor's Ray Quinn 'humiliated' to lay rugs at Brookside Close where his career began

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Ray Quinn has revealed his new job as a carpet fitter after a “nightmare year” for the entertainment industry.
When the pandemic hit, the X Factor star was left unemployed for months and decided to learn the family trade to make ends meet.

The top of the charts, who also stole the show on Dancing On Ice in 2009 and the All Star series in 2014, began working alongside brothers Robin and Darren in the carpet business.

Ray is also following in the footsteps of his late father Ray, who died of cancer in November.

Ray Quinn works for his brother’s carpet company
(Image: Ray Quinn)

“My father has been a carpet tailor his entire life. He taught my brothers how to do it, ”the star said.

Speaking to the Mirror, Ray said he remained “humbled” to end up on a job at Brookside Close in Liverpool – where his career began.

Ray made his screen debut as Anthony Murray on the soap opera in 2000, when he was just 12 years old.

Ray started his career in Brookside soap
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Ray poses in his work gear near the Brookside Close sign after doing nearby work
(Image: Ray Quinn)

“It was the most humiliating feeling. Good memories came back, ”said Ray.

“I had to take a picture, it was like stepping back in time,” he added.

After returning to his acting roots, Ray had starred in a play at Liverpool’s Royal Court before the Covid pandemic hit last year.

The theater was forced to close, leaving Ray without a job without government help.

Ray and Leona Lewis on The X Factor 2006 series
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Before working alongside his brothers, Ray tried his hand at being a delivery driver for Hermès.

“I didn’t want to sit down and feel sorry for myself,” he said, but he only held the job for three months.

“It just didn’t stop,” he says. “You can have up to 150 packages in your van and you are away from 8 am to 6 pm.

“It helped put food on the table at the time, but it was reported that I was making £ 11.40 an hour… I certainly wasn’t over that much!”

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