Fresh from delivering in the Postman Pat movie, Boyzone star Ronan Keating will make his West End debut when he takes the lead role in Dublin-set musical Once.  

Keating said he was "bowled over" when he first saw the show, which was adapted from the Oscar-winning 2007 movie starring bedraggled busker Glen Hansard and Czech immigrant Markéta Irglová who bond over a love of music. 

Keating said he was "completely overwhelmed" to be offered the role: "I knew it would be perfect - this was my home town, my people, and the place where I began my own music career.

"But as exciting as that is, it's scary too. I've never performed on the West End and this is a huge challenge and commitment."

Once was a huge success when it transferred to the stage, first in New York in 2012, where it won eight Tony awards. As well as continuing on Broadway, it is also currently playing at the Phoenix theatre in London's West End where Keating will perform.