Martin Kemp: EastEnders cast moaned all the time

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 January 2017
Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp revealed he "couldn't stand" his time on 'Eastenders' and branded his former co-stars as "moany", although he insisted his time on the soap helped him with his depression

Martin Kemp thought his former 'EastEnders' co-stars "moaned all the time."

The 55-year-old singer - who played bad boy Steve Owen in the popular soap for four years from 1998 until 2002 - thoroughly enjoyed his famous villain role and it'll always be "special" to him but he "couldn't stand" the cast he was working with on set because he felt as though they continuously winged in between takes.

He said: "Some of these people had the best job in the world, but they moaned about it all the time! I couldn't stand it. 'EastEnders' will always be special to me."

And, although he didn't have the best time working with the cast, the Spandau Ballet star has nothing but praise for the show as he believes his role helped him overcome his depression, which was triggered after he suffered with two brain tumours.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Before I took the role of Steve Owen, I'd been in a terrible depression for four years after having two brain tumours. My brain was left in such a state, if I wanted to walk left I'd turn right. I didn't know what I was capable of, so it was a godsend and it changed the way I was seen. Instead of being Martin Kemp, brain tumour - which I hated - I became Martin Kemp from EastEnders."

Martin is currently working alongside Gary Barlow in the Take That star's new musical show 'Let It Shine' and has admitted the series has encouraged him to start his own musical based on his band because the five-piece have some "amazing" songs.

He said: "I think Spandau have got amazing songs, a huge catalogue of songs, I think what we are trying to do here is, it's for everyone who lived through that era of boy band and I think there's also a generation that lived through that period like Spandau and Duran Duran, I think we could do that. It's something we have spoken about a few times, but actually getting the ball rolling is a different."

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