Martin Kemp says EastEnders were ‘glad to see back of me’ after exit

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    First appearing on the BBC soap back in 1998, Martin Kemp played Steve Owen in EastEnders. His character was the son of Barbara Owen (Sheila Hancock) and the ex-husband of Mel (Tamzin Outhwaite). On Tuesday, the Spandau Ballet member appeared on This Morning with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield who probed the actor about his recent visit to Albert Square. 

    Martin quit the series after his contract to the show had expired, and his final scenes were aired in 2002. 

    After being asked to see the new set for a segment on The One Show, Martin jumped at the chance.

    He took a tour across a much sturdier set to the one he once knew and the musician was thrilled to see the changes. 

    However, he went on to reveal: “The last time I was there, they were glad to see the back of me.”

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    When discussing the differences of the set, he told Holly: “It’s amazing.

    “It’s built out of bricks and mortar instead, when I was there it was plastic bricks that were flapping around in the wind.

    “Once I was doing a scene with Dot [Cotton] and the guy had to staple it back on, you know the bricks.”

    “Don’t ruin it!” Holly chuckled and Martin continued: “But it’s a weird one because you go there and you say, ‘It’s so brilliant.'”

    Martin beamed: “It looks exactly the same.”

    “Yeah, which is what you want,” said Holly.

    Phillip weighed in on the discussion, saying: “So what, were you just touristing?

    “Yeah, well, I was invited to go down and do something for The One Show but it was a great excuse,” Martin explained. 

    “But in this show, age is just a number when it comes to talent.”

    Martin and Lady Leshur will mentor the hopeful musicians through a series of band rehearsals and trial gigs. 

    Speaking about his new TV venture, Martin told the BBC: “I can’t wait to share that experience with the lucky few who make it into my band… who for whatever reason, their rock dreams didn’t quite happen.”

    Rock Till We Drop will start on Tuesday, 1 March 2022 at 9PM on BBC Two and iPlayer and will continue weekly.

    Published at Tue, 08 Mar 2022 15:39:00 +0000

    Martin Kemp says EastEnders were ‘glad to see back of me’ after exit