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Martin Kemp

martin Kemp shot to star­dom in Span­dau Bal­let in 1980, then played Steve owen in Easten­ders from 1998 for four years – now he’s due to play an­other vil­lain, Cap­tain Hook in Peter Pan. we chat­ted to the 55-year-old about why he’s so ex­cited about it, as are his wife Shirlie and their chil­dren Har­ley and Ro­man.

The hard­est thing in my life has been my kids leav­ing home. You don’t just lose your kids, you lose all their mates as they all used to come round and watch the foot­ball and things. I wouldn’t rush my kids in to hav­ing kids. I loved hav­ing mine around when they were grow­ing up, but it doesn’t make me broody for grand­kids!

Shirlie and I go away for short breaks a lot. We went to Venice for three days re­cently. I love mak­ing it spe­cial, but it’s not about what we do; it’s just about how we treat each other. We’re best friends and that’s what keeps the ro­mance alive.

I go to the gym as much as I can. I put my head­phones on and play the same mu­sic tracks I’ve al­ways played. It’s al­most med­i­ta­tional. I wouldn’t say it’s van­ity, though, it’s look­ing af­ter my­self.

Top of my bucket list is fly­ing in a Spit­fire. I’ve never for­got­ten fly­ing a train­ing plane for an orig­i­nal vin­tage air­craft and a flight in a Spit­fire has been an am­bi­tion ever since. It’s not that long, my list – it’s pretty much that one thing!

I al­ways thought that if I ever did pan­tomime, Cap­tain Hook in Peter Pan would be per­fect for me. He’s a bad guy with some fun. I was gob­s­macked at the size of ev­ery­thing – the wa­ter­falls, the galleon, peo­ple fly­ing around, it’s so im­pres­sive.

✱ Peter Pan An Arena Spec­tac­u­lar comes to the arena Birm­ing­ham, and the SSE arena, wem­b­ley, Lon­don, in De­cem­ber. For tick­ets, see worlds­biggest­panto.com

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