McDonald & Dodds returns to ITV1 this weekend with guest stars Patsy Kensit and Martin Kemp – but have they ever dated in real life?
The two have known each other for years and remain friends.
How did you meet each other? And how did you get into McDonald & Dodds?
Everything you need to know about the showbiz buddies can be found here.
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Who do Martin Kemp and Patsy Kensit play at McDonald & Dodds?
Martin Kemp and Patsy Kemp star in the first film in McDonald & Dodds’ second series, “The Man Who Wasn’t There”.
In a nod to nostalgia, Martin and Patsy actually play characters with connections to their own lives!
They portray Barbara and Mick, who – along with Gordon and Jackie – were rising stars in the 80s.
They made careers that were well known.
Now that we live together in Bath, there are secrets from the past that could threaten their comfortable existence!
First, the four friends enjoy a surprising hot air balloon ride with their other roommate Frankie.
As they soar over beautiful Bath, a disaster strikes and suddenly the balloon spins out of control.
Panic rises and the basket is loaded under the weight of the group – can they all survive?
When the balloon crash lands on the lawn in Bath’s Royal Crescent, it turns out that Frankie is not there …
Did he die in the last act of sacrifice for his friends or was he pushed?
Finally, DCI McDonald and DS Dodds come to investigate!
How do Martin and Patsy know each other in real life?
Martin and Patsy have known each other for years, having become famous around the same time.
Martin says: “Patsy Kensit is an old friend of mine who I have known since we were a child.
“We’ve been close to working together a few times over the years and we’ve never done it before.
“We lived in LA at the same time shortly after I made the Krays movie, and we both made independent films out there.
“Everyone tried to bring us together to make a film and that just never happened.
“When I saw her name on the cast list, I thought, ‘Yeah, I have to do this one’.”
How did you meet
Patsy says: “I’ve known Martin for years.
“I met him when I was 14. I think I was playing a drama on the BBC when the Spandau Ballet played Top of the Pops there.
“I would be there in period costumes and meet various pop stars in the corridors.
“Martin and I have wanted to work together for ages. He’s a great guy and hopefully we can do something together again in the future. “
Patsy was a child star who has been an actress since she was four and was the lead singer for the band Eighth Wonder from 1983 to 1989.
Martin was now famous alongside his brother Gary with the New Romantic Band Spandau Ballet.
Former EastEnders star Martin is currently 59 years old and Patsy is 52 years old.
Did Patsy Kensit and Martin Kemp ever meet?
Patsy and Martin didn’t meet.
Martin married Shirlie Holliman in 1988 and the couple have two children together, including radio host Roman Kemp.
Patsy has been married and divorced four times.
She once said in an interview that she only ever had four friends and that they all married.
Patsy married Dan Donovan, the keyboardist for Big Audio Dynamite, in 1988 at the age of only 19.
Actress Lethal Weapon 2 married Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr, Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher and English DJ Jeremy Healy.
She has two children, James with Jim Kerr and Lennon with Liam Gallagher.
McDonald & Dodds series two
DCI McDonald and DS Dodds return as the unlikely duo fighting crime in picturesque Bath.
Tala Gouveia and award-winning BAFTA actor Jason Watkins repeat their roles as the ambitious DCI McDonald and the humble and quietly brilliant DS Dodds.
They are joined by guest actors Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Martin Kemp, Patsy Kensit and Cathy Tyson in the first film.
The second film stars Shelley Conn, Natalie Gumede, Sharon Rooney and John Thomson.
Meanwhile, Sarah Parish, Saira Choudhry, Rosie Day, Nitin Ganatra, Nicholas Goh, Siobhan Hewlett and Rhashan Stone are guests in the third film.
Returning cast members include James Murray as Chief Superintendent Houseman, Jack Riddiford as DC Darren Craig and Lily Sacofsky as DC Milena Pachiorkowski.
Due to the success of the first two-part series in 2020, ITV commissioned three new crime novels in 2021.
Patsy Kensit and Martin Kemp will star in the first McDonald & Dodds film on Sunday February 28, 2021 at 8 p.m. on ITV1.
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