Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp, back on our screens tonight on BBC’s Rock Til You Drop, has seen his character Steve Owen die in a fireball and admitted EastEnders’ nice to see his return’
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Martin Kemp transitioned from musician to actor – but his time at EastEnders ended in a real boom.
The Spandau Ballet star rose to fame in the ’80s alongside his brother Gary Kemp, frontman Tony Hadley, saxophonist Steve Norman and drummer John Keeble.
The popular boy band had eight UK top 10 albums and 10 UK Top 10 hits, but took a first hiatus in 1990 to pursue other projects.
After teaming up with Gary to play the Kray Twins in a film about notorious East End gangsters, Martin landed the role of badboy Steve Owen in EastEnders in 1998.
In fact, it was singer George Michael who got him in, in part because he’s a huge fan of the soap – and in return Martin wore his overalls for a scene.
Club owner Steve was at the center of several major storylines during his four years in Albert Square, including the murder of his former lover Saskia and the framing of his DJ Matthew.
But Steve met a grisly end when he exploded in a fireball – and it was assumed that Martin’s character was killed for “revenge”.
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In 2001, Martin announced that he was leaving EastEnders, jumping ship to pursue other projects by rival ITV in a deal worth £1.5 million.
“I had a great time at EastEnders and I will be sad to leave, but I feel that it is time to move on,” he said.
“This new relationship with ITV will be a great opportunity for me to develop my career across multiple projects and I’m really excited to work with them in the future.”
A high-speed chase with arch nemesis Phil Mitchell after kidnapping his daughter Louise ended in tragedy when Steve lost control and crashed into his car.
Phil managed to rescue Louise, but when he returned to get Steve, the car exploded into a giant fireball of nothing left of his imagination.
It is reported that the BBC is “revenge” on Martin precisely by sensationally killing him after he defected to ITV.
“They were furious with the way Martin handled the whole thing,” a source told The Sun at the time.
“Out of courtesy, they often expect an actor to give some kind of warning to give them time to make a better offer.
“It’s no surprise that his character was killed off. That means that if anything happened to Martin at ITV, he would never be able to come back.”
Martin credits EastEnders for ‘saving his life’ by pulling him out of depression after battling two brain tumors in the 90s.
The actor underwent a series of surgeries, was fitted with a metal plate to his head, and endured a lengthy recovery process.
I said Sun : “When I walked into that performance, my confidence and attitude after what I’ve been through was on the ring.
“I’m still depressed. My brain isn’t even working properly. If I want to go one way, I’ll go the other.
“I can’t remember the exact lines. But this character with incredible confidence and charisma brought me back to life.
“I’ve spent three and a half years as him and that makes me forget what I’ve been through.”
Despite leaving two decades ago, Martin still guides his inner Steve Owen when he needs a boost of confidence.
“He gave me a lot of confidence at the time, on that set. I think even today there’s a little bit of Steve Owen that I would keep with me if I needed a little confidence.” , he said in 2017.
Martin desperately wants to return as one of Walford’s most memorable villains, but knows very well that it’s unlikely he will ever be brought back from the dead.
“The BBC has let me down, so going back to it is something that can be quite difficult,” he confessed.
“But if you tell me, over the years the BBC has never let you down then yes, I would have loved to come back to it.
“It was probably the most fun three and a half years I’ve had in front of the camera and I love the character of Steve Owen.”
However, strange things happened when Dirty Den Watts and Kathy Beale both rose from the grave.
Last week, Martin revealed he’d arrived at the new EastEnders stadium – and admitted they were ‘happy to see his back’ when he was there for the last time.
Martin told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield’s Morning host that he visited the refurbished studio.
The new £86.7m EastEnders film gives producers more scope to shoot blockbuster-style scenes due to longer roads and fewer dead ends.
Many of Albert Square’s most iconic landmarks have been recreated for the new set, including the Queen Vic pub, The Arches, Ian’s chippy and the Ruby nightclub.
Giving his thoughts, Martin said: “You don’t know what to say, because it’s absolutely amazing. It’s built of brick and mortar. When I was there, all the plastic bricks flew around in the sky. wind.”
He admitted that the film, built in 1984 and only intended to last for two years, was no longer fit for purpose during his time working on the soap.
“Once I was there on a shoot with Dot and a guy had to come and pin it back – the bricks,” he revealed.
“It’s kind of a weird thing, because you go there and say, ‘This is so cool, it’s brilliant, it looks exactly the same,’ which is what they wanted.”
The last time Martin set foot on EastEnders was when he left in 2002 – and he didn’t have a hearty departure.
Martin added: “I was invited to go down and do something for One Show, so I went down there and did it. But it was a great excuse, because the last time I left it was there. , I think they’re happy to see my back.”
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