Will Kemp (actor)

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Will Kemp
Born William Kemp
(1977-06-29) 29 June 1977 (age 37)
Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Actor, dancer
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Gaby Jamieson
Children 1

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 Matthew Bourne's 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 the 2004 film 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 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.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Car Man, TheThe Car Man Angelo Television film
2004 Mindhunters Rafe Perry
2004 Van Helsing Velkan Valerious
2005 Brothers of the Head Celebrity
2006 Pinocchio Stromboli Television film
2007 Miguel y William William Shakespeare
2008 Step Up 2: The Streets Blake Collins
2010 Soldier's Tale, TheThe Soldier's Tale Narrator/The King Television film
2011 Christopher and His Kind Bobby Gilbert Television film
2011 Peter and the Wolf Grandfather Television film
2011 Grace Nicky Television film
2013 Coin, TheThe Coin Ben Short film
2013 Kristin's Christmas Past Jamie Television film
2013 Non-Stop Mark Television film
2014 Petals on the Wind Julian Marquet Television film
2014 Scorpion King: The Lost Throne, TheThe Scorpion King: The Lost Throne Drazen Post-production
2015 Midnight Man, TheThe Midnight Man Grady Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Great Performances Swan Episode: "Swan Lake"
2008 New Tricks James Strickland Episode: "Final Curtain"
2009 Prisoner, TheThe Prisoner 23–30 – Wonkers Miniseries; 2 episodes
2011 Nikita Nigel Episode: "London Calling"
2012 90210 Mitchell Nash 2 episodes

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