BBC Celebrity Antiques Road Trip: The 33-year-old wedding of Martin and Shirlie Kemp and their even more famous son


Martin Kemp, 60, is a highly regarded musician and actor known as the bassist for Spandau Ballet and for playing the role of Steve Owen in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.

Given Martin’s success and popularity, over the years he has amassed a large and dedicated fan base who enjoys discovering the details of his life behind the scenes.

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Something that not many people know about Martin is that he’s not the only famous face in his family.

Martin’s brother is legendary musician Gary Kemp, and the couple are known to appear together in the Spandau Ballet.

Additionally, Martin has been married to singer Shirlie Holliman since 1988, best known for her work with the band Wham! during the 1980s.



Martin’s son Roman is also a familiar face on radio and television.

The showbiz bug seems to run in the family, and Martin and Shirlie’s son Roman is a popular radio host known for hosting his own breakfast show on Capital FM.

Roman even entered the popular ITV I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contest, and came in third place.

Another aspect of Martin’s life that he’s been incredibly outspoken about is his struggle for health in the past.

Martin Kemp has lived with epilepsy since undergoing brain surgery in 1995 and is passionate about raising awareness of the disease.



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Speaking in Health awareness , Martin said: “I live full time with epilepsy – I have been on medication for about 18 years, but with the right treatment epilepsy can be suppressed – and it is with me.

His epilepsy started after surgery to remove two brain tumors: “The things that happen to me after my surgery are the result of bruises and trauma to the brain and thank goodness most of the effects are gone.

“But obviously for a lot of people it doesn’t and they have to live with it every day.”

He continued, “I still have some scars, not just physical scars but mental scars from what happened over 18 years ago.”

Martin Kemp will appear on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, November 26) on BBC Two

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