Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp has revealed music legend George Michael received him the job on EastEnders in return for sporting his jumper.
Martin, 59, bagged the a part of double-dealing businessman Steve Owen after Wham! icon George put him in contact with an EastEnders producer.
Careless Whisper singer George, who died on Christmas Day in 2016, was apparently an enormous fan of the cleaning soap.
Martin shared the key on his chat present ITV’s Weekend Greatest yesterday: “George was such an EastEnders fan. He received me the half, in EastEnders, as Steve Owen. Yeah, he pushed me via the door!
“Then he mentioned to me, ‘One factor I need in return… here is certainly one of my jumpers, sneak it on at some point, it’s important to put on it in one of many scenes!'”
Weekend Greatest visitor and fellow EastEnders actor Shane Ritchie, who performed unfortunate in love Alfie Moon, requested his former colleague if he obliged.
“Yeah I did yeah,” mentioned Martin. “I sneaked it on and put it on for him and he beloved it!”
Shane, 56, who performed one of many cleaning soap’s greatest beloved characters, added: “And he beloved June Brown (Dot Cotton)!” as Martin replied: “He was a good looking, stunning man. I am unable to communicate extremely sufficient of him.”
Martin’s spouse Shirlie, who was Wham!’s backing singer, has beforehand revealed their buddy George used to go looking their dwelling making an attempt to get a sneak peak of the EastEnders scripts.
Shirlie, 58, mentioned: “He was obsessed. He would come spherical and open drawers, snooping about.”
The couple have rather a lot to thank the music legend for after he launched them after they expressed an curiosity in each other.
In 1982, Martin was the bassist in Spandau Ballet, whereas Shirlie was a backing vocalist for Wham!.
Martin says: “I bear in mind being round my mum and pop’s, my again was up towards the couch as a result of I used to be sitting on the ground, watching Thursday night time Prime Of The Pops and Wham! got here on.”
Understanding how besotted Shirlie was with Martin, George determined to rearrange a gathering, and when the band turned up at a theatre premiere, known as him over.
Shirlie, who grew up on a council property in Bushey, close to Watford, Hertforshire, mentioned: “I believed he is perhaps out of my league. I left his quantity in my pocket for ages. George was like, ‘I simply don’t perceive why you’re not calling him’.
“I advised him it was intimidating to name him. I imply, he was – he’s – simply so beautiful.
“It was George who known as Martin ultimately. We have been in his bed room, and he picked up the cellphone, dialled the quantity and simply gave me the cellphone. I used to be in on the deep finish by then.”
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Martin, who grew up in Islington, London mentioned: “I actually don’t suppose Shirlie would have known as me if he hadn’t executed that. We owe him every little thing.
“And he went on to be an enormous a part of our lives. He wasn’t George Michael the celebrity, he was certainly one of our greatest mates.”
Martin’s Weekend Greatest co-host is his son Roman, 28, who was George’s godson.