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Getting to Know ... Martin Kemp

Getting to Know…Martin Kemp

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Not ‘what’ but ‘who’…Elvis, Marlon Brando or Bruce Lee…

You visited the Isle of  Wight when you were younger and Spandau Ballet have played there – what are your memories of the island? It was the first holiday I ever had that I had to travel across water, it was the first time I had left the mainland and it was so exciting.  I felt like I had gone to Australia!

You’ve had a tremendously successful and multi-faceted career so far, what have been the highlights?  So many highlights: hit records, hit books and hit TV shows… One highlight has to be making the movie The Krays because it was such a responsibility as the story meant so much to all Londoners.

Musician, actor, director and DJ – how did the DJing come about? Why not?!  I love playing music to people and making them dance whether it’s with a band or on a turntable – playing people their favourite music is just a buzz! We’re looking forward to your DJ set at this year’s Jack Up The 80s Festival, what can fans expect? I’m an 80s man.  Everything from the classics to my favourite 80s soul – anything that makes you think ‘Wow, I needed to hear that’!

You and your wife, Shirlie, have been married since 1988 – how did you meet? At an after-show party for a play called Yakety Yak where a friend of mine, Paul McGann, was performing.

Describe your perfect Sunday? Chill, dog walk, lunch, movie, Zzz!

What kind of music do you listen to when you are at home? Anything and everything, I think the one good thing about streaming is that it’s made all our tastes much more eclectic as we don’t have to invest in complete albums anymore, but my first choice is always 80s soul.

What advice would you give to young, aspiring actors and singers looking for their big break? Remember it is, and will always be, a hobby.  If you make a living out of it, that’s a bonus!

What’s on the horizon for the rest of the year? I love mixing things up and taking on different adventures.  I have just come back from South East Asia filming a show called ‘Road to Saigon’ and all will be revealed shortly but it was certainly an adventure!  And also looking forward to seeing you all at Jack Up The 80s!

Martin’s exclusive DJ set will take place on Saturday 11 August at this year’s Jack Up The 80s Festival. For further information and tickets visit