Stephen Anthony James Duffy (born 30 May 1960, in Birmingham) is an English songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. He has recorded as a solo performer under several different names, and is the lead singer for the group, The Lilac Time. He has also co-written many songs with Robbie Williams, and Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies.
While attending the School of Foundation Studies & Experimental Workshop Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University) (formerly Univeristy of Central England), he met guitarist and bassist John Taylor. Together they formed the New Romantic group Duran Duran, along with Taylor's non-student friend, Nick Rhodes. Duffy was the lyricist and vocalist, but left both the school and the band in 1979, well before Duran Duran's 1980 signing with EMI.