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Gary Kemp

Gary Kemp was born in Islington, London in October 1959. On his 10th birthday, he got his first guitar from his parents. In the 70s, he and his younger brother, Martin Kemp, went to learn drama at Anna Scher's acting school. Then, in 1978, Gary Kemp formed "The Makers". After Richard Miller left, his brother replaced him on bass. That's when Gary changed the name to Spandau Ballet. Spandau's break came in March 1980 when they were filmed for a documentary on ITV. When the documentary was broadcast, the record companies were bursting out of their ears. They chose to sign to Chrysalis, as they were offered the most money. For 10 years, they had hits like "To Cut a Long Story Short" (1980), "Chant No. 1 (I don't need this pressure on)" (1981), "True" (1983), "Gold" (1983), "Only When You Leave" (1984) and "Through the Barricades" (1986). After Spandau Ballet completed a tour in 1987, Gary and Martin decided to go into acting once again. They auditioned for the part in The Krays (1990) and, in 1989, they played "Ronald" and "Reggie". Soon afterwards this, Spandau Ballet would split. During the '90s, Gary continued to act, most notably playing a part in The Bodyguard (1992). In 1999, Gary was involved in a court battle over £1,000,000 royalties against John Keeble, Steve Norman and Tony Hadley, his 3 other bandmates. Gary won the case. However, in March 2009, all 5 members of Spandau Ballet called a truce, and they announced on the HMS Belfast in London that they would be reuniting for a world tour later in the year.

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Oct 16, 1959 In Islington, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Hide and Seek 1972-10-07
Latest Project:
Movie The Kemps: All True 2020-07-05
Known For
Poster of Spandau Ballet: True Gold
Poster of Soul Boys of the Western World
Poster of The New Romantics: A Fine Romance
Poster of Magic Hunter
Movie The Kemps: All True Himself 2020-07-05
Movie Assassin John Alberts 2015-03-09
Movie Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism Cregg 2015-04-11
Movie Soul Boys of the Western World 2014-09-30
Movie Spandau Ballet: True Gold Himself 2014-10-14
Movie Art Is... Collector 2013-04-01
Movie David Bowie & The Story of Ziggy Stardust Self 2012-06-22
Movie Spandau Ballet: The Reformation Tour 2009 - Live at the O2 2010-04-23
Series The Alan Titchmarsh Show Unknown 2007-09-03
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Series Murder Investigation Team Unknown 2003-05-03
Movie The New Romantics: A Fine Romance 2001-05-08
Movie Dog Eat Dog Jesus 2001-12-07
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie Magic Hunter Max 1994-10-23
Movie Killing Zoe Oliver 1993-10-01
Movie The Bodyguard Sy Spector 1992-11-25
Movie The Krays Ronald Kray 1990-04-27
Movie Spandau Ballet: Live from the N.E.C. 1990-11-01
Movie Spandau Ballet: Live from the N.E.C. 1986-12-01
Movie Live Aid Self 1985-07-13
Movie Hide and Seek Chris 1972-10-07