Martin Kemp facts: Spandau Ballet star's age, wife, children, brother and more revealed

10 January 2023, 14:55

Martin Kemp
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Martin Kemp is truly one of a kind. Musician, actor, presenter, stage star, he's done it all.

The Spandau Ballet and EastEnders icon has been ever-present on UK screens and stages since the 1980s.

How many kids does Martin Kemp have, is he married and does he still perform in Spandau Ballet? It's time to get up to date with all the big facts about the talented star:

  1. How old is Martin Kemp and where is he from?

    Martin Kemp was born on October 10, 1961. He celebrated his 61st birthday in 2022.

    He was born to parents Frank and Eileen Kemp, at their house in Islington, north London.

    His older brother is Gary Kemp, who played in Spandau Ballet alongside him. The brothers also played the infamous Ronnie and Reggie Kray in The Krays.

  2. Who is Martin Kemp's wife Shirlie and when did they meet?

    Martin Kemp and Shirlie Kemp
    Martin Kemp and Shirlie Kemp. Picture: Getty

    Martin Kemp has been married to Shirlie Holliman since 1988.

    Shirlie is best known for being a former backing singer of the group Wham!, and one half of the 1980s pop duo, Pepsi & Shirlie.

    She retired from regular performing after the birth of her daughter. She met Martin through mutual friend George Michael, and the pair married in St Lucia.

    The pair released their first-ever duet album in 2019.

  3. How many children does Martin Kemp have?

    Martin and Roman Kemp
    Martin and Roman Kemp. Picture: Getty

    Martin and Shirlie have a daughter, Harley Moon (born 1989) and a son, Roman (born 1994).

    Roman Kemp is best known as being a presenter on Smooth's sister station Capital FM, and has also presented for The X Factor and The Hot Desk. His godfather was George Michael. He appeared as a contestant in I'm A Celebrity in 2019.

    Harley Moon Kemp is a photographer, filmmaker and songwriter.

    Roman Kemp opens up about godfather George Michael during chat with Smooth's Kate Garraway

  4. Who did Martin Kemp play in EastEnders?

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    Martin's showbiz career started in acting, and as a child he appeared in many TV shows including Jackanory, The Tomorrow People and Dixon of Dock Green.

    He and his brother Gary returned to acting in 1990, and they both appeared in The Krays, in which they played the notorious gangster twins Ronald and Reginald Kray.

    His biggest role was playing villain Steve Owen in EastEnders, starting in December 1998. His character was involved in some of the soap's biggest storylines, such as the Saskia Duncan murder and 'Who Shot Phil?'. He left after Steve was killed off in 2002.

    He has acted sporadically since then, appearing in films and TV shows including Marple, Waterloo Road, Age of Kill and Birds of a Feather.

  5. Is he still in Spandau Ballet?

    Martin Kemp responds to Tony Hadley about Spandau Ballet reunion chances

    Sort of...

    The legendary 1980s group previously performed with a new frontman, Ross William Wild, who replaced Tony Hadley.

    However, Wild later left the group, with Martin telling Smooth Radio that he'd love for the band to reunite with Tony.

    Martin learned to play bass guitar in three months, and started his music career when he joined his brother Gary Kemp's band the Gentry. The band was renamed Spandau Ballet, and Martin left his printing job to concentrate on the band full-time.

    They were one of the biggest bands of the New Romantic Era, thanks to hits including 'Gold', 'True' and 'Through the Barricades'.

    Due to a dispute over royalties, the band split up in the early 1990s. After a 20-year hiatus, they reunited in 2009 with a world tour and new album.