Gary Kemp

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Description Gary Kemp is an English pop musician and actor who is the guitar player and chief songwriter for the 1980s New Wave band Spandau Ballet. His brother, Martin Kemp, plays bass guitar in the band. Gary Kemp also provided backing vocals on many of the tracks to lead singer Tony Hadley.Early lifeKemp was born in St Bartholomew's Hospital, Smithfield, London, and grew up in Islington, London, in a working-class family. He attended Rotherfield Junior School and Dame Alice Owen's school, Islington, as well as the Anna Scher Children’s Theatre drama club, along with his brother, Martin. In 1968 he began appearing in TV and film, including a role in the 1972 film Hide & Seek, alongside Roy Dotrice.Kemp eventually decided to concentrate on a career in music and, in the late Seventies, he formed a band called The Gentry with school friends. The Gentry was later renamed Spandau Ballet.Spandau BalletAfter recording Spandau Ballet's final album, Heart Like A Sky, Kemp and his brother returned to acting. He won the contempt of his fellow band members, Tony Hadley, Steve Norman and John Keeble, but got good reviews for his performance as Ronnie Kray in The Krays (1990). Making this film was the death-knell for Spandau Ballet.
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