Kemp joked that he originally auditioned to play the part of Wellard the dog. His first comeback lasted just a few weeks in 2005, but he returned for a period of three months in 2006, before departing once again in June that year. BBC bosses have left Kemp’s role open for a possible future return. Kemp has won various awards for his portrayal of Grant. He took the lead roles in the television series, Without Motive and in Defence in 2000, and in 2002’s Ultimate Force, where he took the role of Army Staff sergeant Henry Garvie from the British Special Air Service. He continued to appear in this role until 2006. in 2005, Kemp appeared in an episode of BBC’s Extras and in a two-part adaptation of the Gerald Seymour novel A Line in The Sand for ITV, and he has also presented, on The Friday Night Project and as a stand in host on The Paul O’Grady Show (2007; 2008). Kemp appeared in the 4th episode of Series 14 of BBC’s motoring show Top Gear.
Kemp announced his departure from the show in April 1999, his last appearance being aired in October 1999 when his character moved to Brazil. Kemp joked that he originally auditioned to play the part of Wellard the dog. in December 2008, Barbara Windsor, Kemp’s onscreen mother Peggy publicly called for Kemp to return to the role of Grant. Kemp has not ruled out returning to the soap again, but he said a return would not be any time soon. He continued to appear in this role until 2006. He was the “Man in Boot” of a Renault Twingo Sport being tested by Jeremy Clarkson.
Ross James Belshaw Kemp (born 21 July 1964) is a BAFTA award-winning British actor, author and journalist, who rose to prominence in the role of Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders. BBC bosses have left Kemp’s role open for a possible future return. He continued to appear in this role until 2006. Kemp appeared in the 4th episode of Series 14 of BBC’s motoring show Top Gear. in May 2007, Ross Kemp on Gangs was awarded a BAFTA award for factual programming. The show aired on Sky1 during Winter 2011. Sky and Kemp have collaborated on various other documentaries. Kemp has authored several books.