Kemp played Steve Owen in EastEnders from 1998 – 2002 but told fans at a Melbourne Q&A last week there’s no chance of returning to the soap, after BBC producers didn’t take so kindly to his plans to depart.
“I said, ‘I want to leave, I’ve been here for 3 years’ and they suddenly said, ‘Can we keep the door open for you? You can come back anytime you want, you’re always welcome,'” he recalled.
“So I said, ‘OK that’s nice.’
“But a few weeks later they called back and said, ‘Where are you going?’ and I said ‘I’m going to ITV.’
“Then the next script I picked up I had been blown up. So it didn’t go down very well!”
Kemp has since appeared in numerous other productions including Agatha Christie’s Marple, Heartbeat, Waterloo Road and Hustle.