Martin Kemp is most famed for playing bass guitar in the new romantic band Spandau Ballet, which he formed with his older brother Gary in 1979. The group went on to tour the world and had a number of Top 20 hits in the 80’s. The single ‘True’ made the American Top 10.
The band reformed recently and Martin spent two years touring the world promoting the film ‘Soul Boys of the Western World’ and playing to sold out arenas at every stop! He also performed on the popular 1984 famine relief project song Do They Know It's Christmas, written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure.
Unforgettably, Martin has also had a hugely successful film and TV acting career, most notably playing notorious gangster twin Reggie Kray alongside his brother Gary in the 1990 feature film ‘The Krays’, for which their performances received a great deal of critical acclaim. Martin Kemp then jetted off to Hollywood, where he starred in several films including Sugar Town, opposite Rosanna Arquette, Monk Dawson, Vampires Embrace and Sailors Tatto, before returning to Britain.
After recovering from a brain tumour in 1995 Martin made a guest appearance in the ITV police drama The Bill. Then, in 1998 he was offered the role of villain Steve Owen in the BBC’s BAFTA award winning drama series EastEnders, a role he played until March 2002. Martin’s character was involved in some of the soap's highest rated story lines and by the time he left the series, he was one of the best-known faces on British television.
During that time Martin won numerous awards including Best Male Actor at the National TV Awards. He then went on to star in many critically acclaimed roles for ITV dramas such as Daddys Girl, Serious and Organised, Brides in the Bath, The Family and Cant buy me Love.
Most recently Martin played the role Will Spencer in the British Feature Film Back In Business, Jacke Afflick in Miss Marple – Sleeping Murder’ for ITV and Mark Terry in Love Lies Bleeding, which also starred Hugo Speer and Claire Goose. The Best Years, Assassin with and Age of Kill where he takes the lead as British spy Sam Blake,
Martin Kemp has directed two feature films Stalker a horror/thriller and Top Dog a gritty movie for Universal. His book ‘True – An Autobiography of Martin Kemp’ was published in 2000 and spent several months in the Sunday Times best sellers list.