Will Kemp (actor)

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For the 17th century actor William Kemp, see William Kempe.
Will Kemp
Born (1977-06-29) 29 June 1977 (age 37)
Hertfordshire, England, UK
Spouse(s) Gaby Jamieson
Children Thalie

William "Will" Kemp (born 29 June 1977) is an English actor and dancer.

Life and career[edit]

Kemp was born in Hertfordshire, England, the son of Rosi, a former model, and Barry Kemp, a graphic designer.

Trained at the Royal Ballet School, at age 17 he was accepted at dance company, Adventures in Motion Pictures (AMP). He won the lead role of The Swan in the all male cast of Swan Lake from 1997 to 2000 in both London and Broadway. In 2002 he could be seen dancing to Stuff Like That in a Peter Lindbergh-directed commercial for Gap's "For Every Generation" campaign and in 2004 he appeared alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in two Francis Lawrence-directed spots, "Color" and "Shine", for Gap's "How Do You Share It" campaign. He famously turned down a lucrative modelling contract with Giorgio Armani citing not wanting to be confused as a model as opposed to an actor as the reason for his decision.

Kemp made his acting debut in 2004's Van Helsing, opposite Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale. He played the horse Nugget as well as The Young Horseman in the 2007 West End revival of Equus starring Daniel Radcliffe. The part of Nugget required him to don a wire horse mask and metal hooves/horseshoes, and carry Daniel Radcliffe on his back whilst galloping. He had a role in Step Up 2: The Streets as Blake Collins, director of the Maryland School of the Arts(MSA) and brother of Chase Collins.

Kemp and his wife, Gaby Jamieson, have a daughter, Thalie.


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake Swan
2001 Matthew Bourne's The Car Man Angelo
2004 Van Helsing Velkan Valerious
2005 Brothers of the Head Celebrity
Mindhunters Rafe Perry
2008 Step Up 2: The Streets Blake Collins
2011 Christopher and His Kind (television film) Bobby Gilbert
2013 Last Chance Holiday Jamie Post-production
2013 non stop mark

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