Martin Kemp facts: A handy guide to the Spandau Ballet star
27 November 2019, 13:53 | Updated: 27 November 2019, 13:56
Martin Kemp is truly one of a kind. Musician, actor, presenter, stage star, he's done it all.
The Spandau Ballet and EastEnders icon is back with a new album - a collaboration with his wife Shirlie - so it's time to get up to date with all the big facts about the talented star:
Martin Kemp wife: Is he married?
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 steady 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.
Martin Kemp children: Who is his son Roman Kemp?
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 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.
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When I have strength in my bones and cheeks full of laughter, when my world is carefree when it feels like disaster, when I hear your voice in its soothing calm tone; I know your the place I will always call home. @martinjkemp Happy father day to the most magical, loving man you could ever imagine 💫 Me and @romankemp are so lucky ❤️
Martin Kemp age: How old is he?
Martin Kemp was born on October 10, 1961. He celebrates his 58th birthday in 2019.
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.
Who did Martin Kemp play in EastEnders?
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.
Is he still in Spandau Ballet?
Yes! In fact, the legendary 1980s group are currently performing with their new frontman Ross William Wild, who replaced Tony Hadley earlier this year.
Martin learned to play bass guitar in three months, and started his music career when he joined his brother Gary'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.