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THEWill Kemp



Birthday/place: June 29, 1977 in Hertfordshire, England
Resides: London
Hair color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
Height: 5'11"
Family: Mother, Rosi, former model; Father, Barry, graphic designer; brother Roland, a personal
              fitness trainer and lifestyle consultant; and sister
Daisy May, a dancer currently
              with Matthew Bourne's company, New Adventures
Status: Married to Gaby Jamieson, singer/songwriter/composer; they have a daughter
 

Reason he took up dancing: "I was a very frustrated child.  I wasn't particularly sporty and I seemed to
have all this internal anguish.  I really don't know why.  My brother excelled at things like football and cricket but I had nothing in my life.  I know that's a pretty strange thing to think when you're only 9 years old, but that's how it was.  My mother suggested I try dance classes and it went from there."

Quick course on Will's impressive resume:


He trained at the Royal Ballet Seniors and then Royal Ballet Upper School (1993-1995). In
1995, age 17, he auditioned for and was accepted into Matthew Bourne's cutting edge dance  company, Adventures in Motion Pictures (AMP).  He very quickly made a name for himself  in the original cast of
Swan Lake and then went on to dance the lead role of the Swan. It was during a performance as the Swan that one member of the audience, Paramount Studio head, Sherry Lansing, 'was so smitten by his performance' that she dubbed him the "James Dean of Ballet".  Matthew Bourne also knew he had something quite special in Will and created the role of the Angel in Cinderella with Will in mind.  Will went on to dance the lead role of the Pilot for which  he was nominated for a Los Angeles Critics Drama award for Outstanding Featured  Performer.  In the steamy production of The Car Man, Will once again mesmerized and dazzled  audiences dancing dual roles of Angelo and Luca.  In 2002, he created one of the Anthony's in Bourne's Olivier winnning production of Play Without Words. That same year he also made his first big universal splash by struttin' his stuff for a GAP television advert which also put that remarkable face of his in magazines worldwide. He joined starstudded casts to work two William Tuckett stage productions -
Wind in the Willows, where he created the role of Ratty and in the The Soldier's Tale, creating the role of
The Narrator.  In 2004 he made the big leap into film playing Prince Velkan, who transforms in the iconic giant The Wolfman, in Stephen Sommer's monster mash,
Van Helsing.  He also played an FBI trainee in Renny Harlin's Mindhunters. Christmas 2005 had Will creating the role of the evil puppetmaster Stromboli in Will Tuckett's Pinicchio and in 2006 Will played the title role of William Shakespeare in the Ines Paris film,   Miguel & William . Will headed back to the stage in 2007 and the West End production of EQUUS, in the dual role of The Young Horseman and Nugget, the favoured horse of character Alan Strang, played by Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame.  The casting of Will in this role was considered a coup by director Thea Sharrock. Will plans to continue to pursue a career in film, stage and dance.


Training:

1986-1993:          With Elizabeth Harrison FISTD
1992-1993:           Royal Ballet Senior Associates
1993-1995:           Royal Ballet Upper School


Stage Productions:

1995-2000:          Matthew Bourne's
Swan Lake, original cast and then went on to play role of The Swan
1997-1999:          Matthew Bourne's
Cinderella, created The role of the Angel and also played the role
                            of The Pilot for which he was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for
                            Outstanding Featured Performer
2000:                  Matthew Bourne's Spitfire, Albert Hall
2000-2001:          Matthew Bourne's
The Car Man, created the role of Angelo and also played the role of Luca
2002:                  Matthew Bourne's
Play Without Words, played the role of Anthony
2002:                  William Tuckett's
Wind in the Willows, created the role of Ratty
2003:                               Revival of
Wind in the Willows and role of Ratty
2004:                  William Tuckett's
The Soldier's Tale, plays the role of The Narrator 
2005:                   Matthew Bourne's
Highland Fling, plays the lead role of James. 
2005:                  William Tucketts's The Soldier's Tale, reprises the role of The Narrator
2005/2006:           William Tuckett's
Pinocchio, creates role of Stromboli
2007:                   Thea Sharrock's staging of
EQUUS. Will plays the dual role of The Horseman and Nugget.
                                 Synopsis: A disturbed stableboy, played by Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame)
                                                 obessed with horses and in particular Nugget, undergoes therapy after he
                                                 inexplicably blinds six of them with a hoof pick. The critically acclaimed
                                                 play written by Peter Shaffer premiered in London over 30 years ago.
                                                 It went on to Broadway where it won a Tony and then was made into a
                                                 film which starred Richard Burton.
                           
This stage production ran 16 February to 09 June at the Gielud Theatre in London.

Choreography:

1993-1995:          Choreographed several pieces for Royal Ballet Upper School
1994-1996:          Choreographed several pieces for RBS Summer Schools
1996:                  Created
Zebra Crossing for Royal Ballet Gala performances in Kenya; created Them for
                           Focus on Dance; created
It Takes Two To... for Royal Ballet
1998:                  Wayne Sleep's World of Classical Ballet Tour 1998; Charity Gala in aid of the Wayne Sleep
                           Dance Scholarship in memory of Diana Princess of Wales; and
Dash.                              


Stage productions on film:

1996:                Matthew Bourne's
Swan Lake for BBC/NVC, played multi-roles of the Big Swan, Queen's
                           Soldier and Jealous Italian lover
2001:                Matthew Bourne/AMP's
The Car Man for Channel 4, recreated the role of Angelo
      

On television and in print ads:


2002:                 The Gap Fall Campaign 
                        
2004: 
              The Gap Winter Campaign w/Sarah Jessica Parker


Filmography:

2004:
              Stephen Sommer's Van Helsing:  Will plays the dual role of Velkan/Wolf Man
                                 Synopsis:  Hugh Jackman is the swashbuckling monster hunter sent
                                                  to track down the most feared creatures of all time - Wolf Man,
                                                  Dracula and Frankenstein. 
                                  Released:  May 7th, 2004  US


2005:                  Renny Harlin's
Mindhunters: Will plays the role of FBI trainee, Rafe Perry
                                Synopsis:  FBI trainees left alone on an island; one by one they are killed off
                                                 in a most gruesome fashion. And one of them is the killer.
                                Release dates - US / 27 May * UK / 17 June 

2006:                   Ines Paris'
Miguel and William.  Will plays a young William Shakespeare.
                                 Synopsis:  During Shakespeare's four 'lost years' between writing his lighthearted
                                                comedies and his tragedies such as Hamlet and King Lear, the film
                                                surmises that Shakespeare meets up with Don Quijote writer, Miguel
                                                Cervantes and the pair strike up a friendship as they also both try to
                                                woo the same woman.
                                  Release date: February 2, 2007 in Spain 

2008:                   Jon Chu's Step Up 2: Back to the Streets. Will plays the role of Blake Collins.
                                   Synopsis: Wills' character is the head of the prestigious Maryland School of Arts.
                                                   The story line follows a the life of talented dancer trying to fit in
                                                    and finds her self linked up with a crew of outcasts as they take
                                                    their talents to the streets and to compete in an underground
                                                    dance battle.
                                    Release date: February 14, 2008
                               
                            



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                                                              UK Agent:  Ruth Young
                                                                            United Agents
                                                                            020-7166-5236
                                                                            ryoung@unitedagents.co.uk
                                                                            London

                                                               US Agent: Joel Lubin
                                                                            CAA Creative Artists Agency
                                                                             2000 Avenue of the Stars
                                                                             Los Angeles CA 90067
                                                                             1-424-288-2000
                                                                  

                                                                     
                                                                      

                                                                      
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