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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

HOT young actor Ben Parr is set to blaze a TV trail and send female hearts fluttering by starring as a hunky fireman stripper in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.

And the rising star, 19, is following in showbiz family traditions - for he is the son of Doncaster-based rocker John Parr, best known for his global 80s smash St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion).

Beefcake Ben graced screens for the first time in last Friday night's epsiode of the hit show which goes out again tomorrow at 6.30pm.

The strapping, blue-eyed, blond-haired six footer sent temperatures rising with his sexy strip routine as Freddie, the show's newest character.

He said: "I've been training for 20 hours a week in the gym. When millions of people are about to see you strip on TV you want to be in your best shape."

Having a famous dad, he's already used to the limelight but said: "Fame and celebrity won't change me. I'll still be the same me, I've grown up with it."

Ben, who turns 20 in two weeks' time, lives at Sykehouse with his rocker dad, mum Sharon, younger brother James and grandma Betty.

And stripping off is all part of the family tradition too. For his rocker dad got his kit off for a raunchy pose for The Sun newspaper in 1985 - with only a guitar to protect his modesty.

The picture shoot earned John the status of Page Seven Fella - the newspaper's male equivalent of a Page 3 girl - and won him a new legion of female fans.

The veteran musician said: "I'm really proud. Ben has what it takes to get to the very top."

In recent months, John has also returned to the showbiz trail, playing a sell-out concert at The Dome, his first in his home town for more than two decades as well as playing a string of small venues across the country.

A remixed version of St Elmo's Fire just missed out on a top 40 place and a new song penned by Parr, Coming Out Of The Darkness, has been adopted by Doncaster Rovers' as their new official anthem and which is played before each game at the club's brand new 32 million Keepmoat Stadium.