Itâ€™s hard to believe heâ€™s 40, given that heâ€™s not changed much since he first shot to fame in 2000, aged just 22.
But, as we speak to Duncan James, heâ€™s just returned from a cruise around the Caribbean on which he was celebrating the big birthday with his mum Fiona Inglis, 13-year-old daughter Tianie and her mum Claire Grainger.
You went on a cruise with your mum, daughter and Claire for your birthday. Why did you decide to do that rather than have a party?
Youâ€™ve just finished two years of playing evil Ryan Knight on Hollyoaks. Did you feel like you had a lot to prove when you joined the soap?