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Profile: Gary Kemp

Thursday, 3rd Dec 2015

It’s now November and that means audiences are treated to the revival of Harold Pinter’s classic play The Homecoming at the Trafalgar Studios 1, a story of a couple returning to London to face the family, and with it a talented a cast in the mix it is likely to receive a lot of attention. Amongst the main actors taking on roles in the production are Gary Kemp, perhaps best known for his work with Spandau Ballet, as well as John Simm and Keith Allen, amongst others.

We’ve already covered Simm and Allen so now let’s take a brief look at the career highlights of Kemp, who appears in the production in the role of Teddy.

Kemp was born in London in 1959 and is the brother of Martin Kemp, with whom he would share some of his later success in the spotlight. He attended school in the capital and eventually turned to performance as he chosen profession in life, from acting in his school’s drama club to forming a band.

This band would eventually take the name Spandau Ballet and it would later feature Martin, Gary’s brother, on the bass guitar. The band had a lot of success, releasing songs like Gold, True, Only When You Leave and Through The Barricades, amongst others, across albums like Journey’s To Glory, Diamond, Parade, Heart Like A Sky and once More, plus many others. The band eventually split, but they reunited in recent years and toured in front of huge arena crowds. Meanwhile, Gary also released songs as a solo artist.

Beyond Spandau Ballet, Kemp has also found success as an actor, most famously appearing in the film The Krays (once again alongside brother Martin), but also appearing in films like The Bodyguard and television shows such as Lewis and Casualty. But audiences headed to Trafalgar Studios 1 this year might also be happy to know that he has experience of acting on the stage, with credits like The Rubenstein Kiss at the Hampstead Theatre in 2005 and Art in the West End in 2001.

With The Homecoming he will once again turn heads in the capital as audiences pick up theatre tickets to see him and other talented performers at the Trafalgar Studios 1. The show runs from Saturday 14th November 2015.

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