Ross attended Shenfield High School, where he is remembered as an excellent athlete. He wanted to be an actor from a young age and went on to study drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He has rarely been out of work since leaving the academy in 1985, appearing on stage, in films, on television and in various advertisements.
His first credited television appearance was in 1986, playing Graham Lodsworth in Emmerdale Farm (now Emmerdale). His most famous role to date was his award-winning portrayal of hardman Grant Mitchell in the popular BBC series EastEnders.
In 1999 he was elected as Rector of Glasgow University as the candidate of the Labour Club. However he resigned in 2001 after the Glasgow University Students' Representative Council passed a motion requesting him to do so, as many students had become dissatisfied with his performance in the role. It was pointed out that, through pressure of work, he had failed for two successive years to deliver the Fresher's Address, perhaps the most important public duty in the rector's calendar. He apparently alleged a vendetta against him by the Glasgow University Scottish Nationalist Association, who he claimed were embittered by the fact that he had beaten their candidate, Ian Hamilton QC. He was succeeded by another actor, Greg Hemphill.
Ross Kemp Facts
|July 21, 1964 (59)
|Barking, Essex, England, United Kingdom
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