Born In: Los Angeles, California, United States
Roman Kemp is an English–American DJ, actor, radio host, and TV personality, best known for his stint at ‘Capital FM.’ Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in an established artistic family in England. He is the son of English musician Martin Kemp and singer Shirlie Holliman. As both his parents were established musicians, Roman himself became hugely interested in music as a child and later aspired to become a DJ. In 2014, when he was in his early 20s, he began working as a radio presenter at ‘Capital FM.’ While working there, he interviewed many major celebrities. Simultaneously, he also built an acting career. After making his acting debut with the 2003 miniseries ‘Family,’ he appeared in films such as ‘The Fall of the Essex Boys’ and ‘The Snare’ and TV series such as ‘Binny and the Ghost’ and ‘Pitch Invasion TV.’ Although he primarily works as a presenter with ‘Capital FM,’ he has also been actively hosting events such as the London New Year celebrations.
father: Martin Kemp
mother: Shirlie Holliman
siblings: Harley Moon Kemp
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: California
education: Berkhamsted Boys School
Roman Kemp was born on January 28, 1993, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., to Martin Kemp and Shirlie Holliman. He was the younger of their two children and grew up with his older sister, Harley Moon Kemp. Both his parents were of English descent, and they moved back to England sometime after Roman was born. Roman’s baptism ceremony was performed a few days after his birth, with musician George Michael acting as his godfather.
Roman’s parents were established musicians. Martin was a popular actor, apart from being a member of the famous band ‘Spandau Ballet.’ He appeared in a key role in the series titled ‘EastEnders.’ Roman’s mother, Shirlie, was known for being one half of the singing duo ‘Pepsi and Shirlie.’
Born into an artistic family, Roman was exposed to a high-profile lifestyle ever since he was a child. Many artists, filmmakers, and musicians came to meet his parents from time to time, which made Roman quite comfortable around celebrities while interviewing them later in his life.
He inherited his musical ambitions from his parents and initially planned to become a DJ. It all started when his father gifted him a DJ kit. He would often play and make music on it.
Following his secondary-school education, he joined the ‘Berkhamsted High School,’ located in Hertfordshire, but dropped out later. By then, he had begun his acting career and had appeared in many films and series, too. However, unlike his parents, he did not choose to be a full-time musician. Instead, he opted for a radio career. One reason for this was his lack of success as a songwriter.
He also signed a record deal with ‘Universal Music,’ as a DJ. He began his modeling career, too, and was part of campaigns for ‘Topshop’ and ‘ASOS.’
Apart from music, Roman Kemp had developed an interest in acting as a kid. He began acting when he was around 10 years old. He made his first on-screen appearance in 2003, when he played a small role (as the younger version of a character named ‘Joey Cutler’) in the miniseries ‘Family.’ However, he did not continue acting after this initial stint and focused on his academics instead.
He returned to acting in 2008, when he appeared as young ‘Joel’ in the short film ‘Karma Magnet.’
In 2013, he officially began his entertainment career, both as an actor and a radio presenter.
He made his full-time feature-film debut with the 2013 gangster thriller film ‘The Fall of the Essex Boys.’ However, the film opened to abysmal reviews and received a bad commercial response. The same year, he appeared in a small role in the film titled ‘Vendetta.’ He played ‘Ryan’ in the film. The movie was an average critical and commercial success.
That year, Roman also kick-started his TV career with the voice role of ‘Malcolm’ in the comedy series titled ‘Binny and the Ghost.’ He appeared in 14 episodes of the series, between 2013 and 2015. The same year, he appeared in short films such as ‘Karma Magnet’ and ‘Days.’ He also appeared in a guest role in the series titled ‘Pitch Invasion TV.’
In November 2014, he joined the ‘Capital Radio Network.’ ‘Capital FM’ happens to be a network encompassing 12 independent radio stations and is currently among the most successful British radio channels. When Kemp joined the station, he initially presented his show from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Sundays.
Over time, his popularity grew. He worked as a DJ and also conducted many celebrity interviews. His popularity continued to soar even about a year later, when he was given a Saturday-evening spot, too.
In February 2016, he was promoted to host another show, titled ‘The Capital Evening Show,’ appearing between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on weeknights. He also continued to present his Saturday and Sunday shows.
In 2017, he was given the duty of hosting a show called ‘Capital Breakfast,’ along with Vick Hope. With this, he got a new slot, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. As a result of being over-burdened with work, he quit his evening slot. A year after he began hosting the show, he got Sonny Jay, a budding British musician, as his co-host. He has since been associated with the show and is known as the face of ‘Capital FM.
Roman Kemp has also been fairly successful as a TV presenter. In 2016, he served as a digital presenter and a social-media correspondent of the musical reality show ‘The X Factor UK.’ He also appeared as a host on the shows ‘The Hot Desk,’ ‘Nick Kicks,’ and ‘2Awesome.’
In 2016, he appeared as ‘Roman’ in the short comedy video ‘Roman’s Revenge.’ The following year, he played the small role of ‘Jake’ in the feature film ‘The Snare.’
In 2017, he joined ‘ITV2’ as a narrator for the show ‘Bromans.’ It was a reality show where the contestants competed with each other as ancient Romans. His father also appeared on the show and played the emperor.
In November 2017, he appeared as a backstage reporter on the charity show titled ‘Children in Need Rocks the 80s.’ In addition, he has also served as a host for the 2018 ‘Global Awards.’ He also hosted the award show in 2019.
In 2018, he appeared in three short films: ‘Best Man Project,’ ‘Calm,’ and ‘Better Journeys Home.’
In 2019, he joined ‘Soccer Aid,’ a football event which saw him play as part of the “Rest of the World” team. The same year, he appeared in the reality series ‘Celebrity Gogglebox.’ His father also appeared on the same show, sharing screen space with Roman.
In 2019, he gained national fame when he appeared on the ‘ITV’ reality TV show titled ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get me Out of Here!’ He competed well on the show and ended up among the final three contestants. However, following this, he was eliminated from the show.
In 2019, he appeared in a small role in the feature film ‘Listen Up.’
In 2017, Roman Kemp appeared as a presenter at the London New Year celebrations. In 2019, he was hired to present the show again.
Roman Kemp has been in relationship with Anne-Sophie Flury since 2018. They once stated that they were serious about each other and were hoping to get married and have kids someday.
Even after growing up, he maintains a close relationship with his parents and his sister, popular filmmaker and photographer Harley Moon Kemp.