Who is he married to and does he have children?

Ross Kemp puts his investigative hat back on for a two-part documentary series about the “Tiger Kings” in Great Britain – but does Ross Kemp have a wife?

Who is he married to and does he have children?

Here’s everything you need to know about the former EastEnders star.


Britain’s Tiger Kings – On the Trail with Ross Kemp (Image credit: ITV1)

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Ross Kemp wife: is he married?

Ross married Australian Renee O’Brien in 2012.

He was previously married to Rebekah Wade from 2002 to 2009.

During their marriage, she worked for the News of the World and became the editor of The Sun.

In November 2005, Ross’ wife Rebekah was arrested after an alleged attack on her husband.

He refused medical treatment for a swollen lip and no action was taken.

Ross Kemp wife: does he have children?

Ross has four children.

In October 2010, he and his then partner and former make-up artist Nicola Coleman had a little boy.

The actor later met and married his wife Renee O’Brien and they have three children together.

The couple welcomed Leo, born in 2015, and twins Ava and Kitty, born in 2017.

Ross Kemp with one of a collection of five rare Bengal tigers at Heythrop Zoological Garden in Oxfordshire (Photo credit: ITV1)
Ross Kemp with one of a collection of five rare Bengal Tigers at Heythrop Zoological Garden in Oxfordshire (Photo credit: ITV1)

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How old is Ross Kemp?

Ross James Kemp was born on July 21, 1964.

He is currently 56 years old.

Where does he come from?

Ross was born in Barking, Essex.

His mother was a hairdresser and his father John was a detective superintendent with the Metropolitan Police Service.

Ross has a brother, Darren, who is a filmmaker for the BBC.

Ross Kemp as Grant Mitchell with his TV family Steve McFadden as Phil and Barbara Windsor as Peggy (Credit: BBC)
Ross Kemp as Grant Mitchell with his TV family Steve McFadden as Phil and Letitia Dean as Sharon (Credit: BBC)

Was Ross in the army?

Many television viewers often mistakenly believe that Ross served in the Army or the SAS.

In fact, Ross has never been in the armed forces.

However, his father served four years.

Dad John’s corps was integrated with a few others to form the Royal Anglian Regiment – these were the troops Ross was with when he was making his documentaries in Afghanistan.

John later became Detective Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police Service.

Why did Ross Kemp leave EastEnders and will he ever return?

Ross played Beefcake Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap from February 1990 and has been involved in some of the series’ most famous storylines.

That includes the Sharongate story of Phil Mitchell having an affair with Grant’s wife. It didn’t end well!

In April 1999, Ross announced that he would be leaving the soap after nearly a decade later that year.

His exit aired in October 1999 when his character moved to Brazil after a car accident.

In early 2005, the BBC confirmed that Ross would return to EastEnders later that year after six years.

His first comeback only lasted a few weeks, but he returned for a three-month period in 2006 before leaving again in June of that year.

In January 2016, Ross briefly returned to the show over the death of Grant’s on-screen mom, Peggy Mitchell.

He later filmed for another three weeks and returned for a short time from July 4 to September 9, 2016.

Ross has never ruled out a return.

He said to ED !: “I don’t think you’ll ever rule that out.

“But that’s up to the BBC, it’s not up to me.”

Ross Kemp and wife Renee O'Brien
Ross Kemp and wife Renee O’Brien attend the Pride of Britain Awards (Credit: Splash)

What else did Ross play in?

Ross trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and performed with John Thaw and Richard Wilson at the Palace Theater in Westcliff-on-Sea.

He starred as Graham Lodsworth on ITV soap Emmerdale and appeared in 1987 in Neil’s Burning, Birds of a Feather and the film Playing Away alongside Neil Morrissey.

Some TV viewers may even remember the jobbing actor Ross from the golf ad for Kellogg’s Fruit & Fiber Muesli!

Ross is definitely best known for his role as Grant Mitchell on BBC Soap EastEnders, a role he played over and over from 1990 to 2016.

More recently, Ross has moved away from acting, preferring to do hard hitting documentary-style series.

He is best known for Ross Kemp on Gangs, Ross Kemp in Afghanistan, Ross Kemp in Search of Pirates, Ross Kemp: Middle East, and Ross Kemp: Extreme World.

More recently, he appeared in Hatton Garden: The Inside Story, Welcome to HMP Belmarsh with Ross Kemp and Ross Kemp: British Volunteer Army.

In his documentary series Ross Kemp Living With… he examined online gambling, homelessness, pain reliever addiction, knife crime and dementia.

Ross has spoken openly about his mother and girlfriend Barbara Windsor’s on-screen battle with dementia.

Has he given up acting?

Ross hasn’t given up acting.

He recently played as John Mills in the four-part drama Nothing to Declare.

He also portrays the character Trevor in the upcoming film Snapshot Wedding.

Ross said, “I would never say no if I came back to anything [including EastEnders].

“I’ve always enjoyed acting, and if an acting role was added, I would take it if it was something I thought I would enjoy.”

How tall is Ross Kemp?

Ross Kemp is 1.83 meters tall.

That’s exactly six feet.

Britain’s Tiger Kings: On the Trail with Ross Kemp on ITV1

This new two-part documentary series shows Ross on the trail of British tiger and lion owners.

He asks why someone would want to keep a 250kg cat – and whether this is in the best interests of the animal.

We were told that there are approximately 4,000 animals in the country, including tigers, lions, tigers, bears, crocodiles and giant snakes in private hands.

In the first part, Ross meets Reece Oliver, a man who keeps two lions in his garden, much to the horror of some neighbors.

Ross also travels to Lincolnshire to meet Andrew and Tracey Riddell, dangerous game collectors who live on their large property with monkeys, servals, lions and bears.

In Oxfordshire, Ross meets former circus trainer Jim Clubb, who now trains animals for television programs, films and advertising and keeps tigers.

Ross then travels to Munich to meet Martin Lacey, an English circus trainer with the largest collection of big cats on the continent.

Britain’s Tiger Kings: In the Footsteps of Ross Kemp begins Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV1.

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