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Ross Kemp

Actor and documentary maker


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Ross Kemp started his career as an actor and has latterly moved into the area of documentary making.

After meeting a Los Angeles gang member who had been shot 26 times and clearly survived, it spawned the idea for his first documentary series, Gangs. The second series was shown in January 2007 and won a BAFTA Award for the Best Factual Series. 

Leadership - Lessons in leadership from the frontline in Afghanistan.

Communication - Ganglands - How to achieve your objectives even when dealing with the most challenging of people;

Change - Personal change from actor to author, to award winning documentary maker – how Ross reinvented himself;

Teamwork - Working in close teams in hostile environments – how to work with people to get the best out of them.


Gangs 2;

Devil to Pay;

Warriors British Fighting Heroes;

Gangs Lands Russia;

Pirates; Gang Lands Brazil;

Ross Kemp on Afghanistan



UK : £7k to £15k

Europe : £7k to £15k

US : £15k to £30k

Asia/Middle East : £15k to £30k

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In January 2008 the first episode of Ross Kemp in Afghanistan was broadcast, the idea for the five part series was sparked when Ross heard that his father's old regiment, The First Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, were to be deployed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Filming took place over a year and followed the soldiers from their pre-deployment training to their return to the UK. Ross and his team won a Broadcast Award for Ross Kemp in Afghanistan in January 2009. The series achieved widespread critical acclaim and was a ratings success. "An excellent portrayal of army life" (The Guardian), "Truly remarkable TV" (The Independent), "Vivid and compelling" (the Spectator), and "Quite simply the best thing on TV for years" (The Sun), were just some of the many plaudits the series enjoyed.

Ross's best selling first book Gangs was published September 2007. His second book, Gangs 2, was published in September 2008 to accompany the fourth series of Ross Kemp on Gangs. The series began with a look at the UK gang problem with a visit to Liverpool before travelling to LA to investigate Latino gangs, then on to Bulgaria and Belize.

In 2008 Ross Kemp also presented two specials; the 90 minute documentary Ross Kemp: A Kenya Special report investigating the Mungkiki gang who are said to have been behind much of the post-election violence in Kenya last year and Ross Kemp Meets The Glue Kids of Kenya, an appeal film that worked in conjunction with Save the Children and aimed to raise money and awareness of the victims of the post election violence, many of whom are children who are now forced to live in intolerable conditions.

In April 2009 Ross Kemp In Afghanistan and Ross Kemp: A Kenya Special were shortlisted in the Factual Series and Current Affairs categories at the 2009 BAFTAS. The next project for Ross and his BAFTA winning documentary team featured investigations into Somali, Nigerian and South East Asian pirates in Ross Kemp In Search Of Pirates aired on Sky1 in June 2009.

Ross has recently spent time in the Middle East where he met with extremists and ordinary people in Gaza and Israel. He has also recently spent two months in the Amazon basin where he travelled in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. He has since returned from the front line in Afghanistan where he is making a documentary.

Ross is an active member of the Labour Party and has spoken on their behalf on many occasions - sharing stages with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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