Duncan Button is a fictional character from the British Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, played by Dean Aspen. He debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 2 November 2009. Duncan was originally credited as Duncan Smith until he was credited with Button. In May 2011, it was announced that Aspen had quit his role and Duncan departed the series on 11 November 2011.
Lucy Allan said, "Ahh, Duncan and Ricky! I love them. If you look at who Max and O.B. were when they were teenagers... They had an innocence and a naïvety to them that the show was lacking at the time. I actually wrote Max and O.B.'s storylines when they were youngsters and they spent about six months trying to get Chloe into bed in a burger van! There's a joy in Ricky and Duncan that shouldn't be ignored. They're just trying to get laid - Duncan in particular, by whatever means necessary. Even if that means suggesting that his sexuality isn't what it is. And Ricky has a secret, so we'll meet elements of his family..."
Duncan first appears in the village looking for the Dog in the Pond pub. Duncan arrives at the pub and is served by Neville who doesn't recognise him. Suzanne walks in and recognises him as their fifteen-year-old godson and leaves Neville furious. Duncan moves in with the Ashworth's and meets Anita Roy and flirts with her, but she rejects his advances. Ricky is later annoyed when Duncan joins him on his paper-round. However, they become friends.
Duncan and Ricky spend five days at fat camp. Duncan was hesitant at first but meets a girl, Kelly Saunders, who he really likes. They struggle to get together as Duncan can't understand what a girl like her would see in him but they eventually end up together and lose their virginity to each other. Kelly decides to end their relationship after he shows Ricky a naked picture of her. Realising he needs to grow up, he decides to leave to stay with the Ashworth's in Spain.
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- In July 2010, Aspen received a nomination in the "Best Newcomer" category at the 2010 Inside Soap Awards for his portrayal of Duncan.