Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp at Great British Speakers

Martin Kemp rose to fame in the early 1980’s as the bassist of the infamous new wave/new-romantic band, Spandau Ballet. Their song, True, became their most successful UK single to date and was their only major hit to reach America. 

Martin grew up on camera, appearing on various children’s television shows, such as Dixon of Dock Green and Jackanory!  By the late 1980’s, Martin alongside his brother and bandmate Gary were cast as notorious Kray brothers in the British drama film The Krays directed by Peter Medak. The film was a huge success gave Martin the opportunity to move to Hollywood where he made several films including Sugar Town and Monk Dawson.

Upon returning to the UK, Martin occurred one of his most recognised roles, as Steve Owen on the BBC award-winning soap opera, Eastenders.  Despite only being on the show for a few years, Martin was a well-received addition to the cast, winning numerous audience choice awards including Best Male Actor at the NTA’s. He has since appeared in many other British television dramas including Daddy’s Girl in 2002 and Serious and Organised in 2003, both for ITV. He also starred in many British Feature Films and directed two feature films, Stalker and Top Dog for Universal Studios.

Martin has also gained recognition as an author, with his autobiography, True – An Autobiography of Martin Kemp spending several months on the Sunday Times bestsellers list.  He has also appeared as a guest presenter for the Saturday morning breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 and has fronted shows for Discovery/Quest and Sky1’s Hits. His most recent television appearance was as a judge on the BBC’s Saturday night live entertainment show, Let it Shine.

What the Clients Say: 

 ‘I wanted to write to say a huge thank you to you for being such a wonderful celebrity guest. Your presence made the whole day very special and enabled us to achieve greater media interest in our service. We were very moved by the way you reflected on your own experiences and applied that understanding to the services we run. Your opening speech was very thoughtful and thought provoking, your flexibility to interact with the media was impressive and your patience with the guests for photos, poses, signatures etc was immense’. -The OakLeaf Group

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