Roman Kemp

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Roman Kemp
Born (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 30)
EducationBerkhamsted School
  • Radio presenter
  • television presenter
  • television personality
Years active2014–present
RelativesGary Kemp (uncle)

Roman Kemp (born 28 January 1993)[2][1] is a British radio host and television personality. Since 2014, he has presented the national radio network Capital FM and their own breakfast show since 2017. In 2019, Kemp finished in third place in the nineteenth series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.

Early life[edit]

Kemp is the son of actor and musician Martin Kemp and singer Shirlie Holliman.[3][4] He has an older sister, Harley Moon (b. 1989).[4] The late singer George Michael was his godfather.[5][6]

Kemp was educated at Berkhamsted School[7][8] until he was 15[9] and was in the same year as KSI.[10]



In November 2014, Kemp joined Capital FM to present Sunday 6–9 am. He was promoted to Saturday 5–8 pm and Sunday 9 pm – 12 am a year later, where he had the chance to interview artists on his show. In February 2016, Kemp became the new face of The Capital Evening Show, weeknights 7–10 pm in addition to his Sunday show. In 2017, Kemp began hosting Capital Breakfast from 6am–10am with Vick Hope across London and Saturday 6am–9am across the Network. As a result, he left the evening show. In 2018, Sonny Jay joined Capital Breakfast full-time as a co-presenter.[citation needed] In 2016, Kemp was The X Factor UK's digital presenter and social media correspondent.[11] He also co-hosted Nick Kicks on Nicktoons. Since January 2017, he has co-presented 2Awesome on ITV2 with Vick Hope.[12] He also presented The Hot Desk on ITV2. From 2 May 2017, Kemp took over Capital FM London's breakfast show with Hope. He narrated Bromans on ITV2 in 2017, in which his father played Emperor.[13] He appeared in an episode of Len Goodman's Partners in Rhyme. He took part in a celebrity edition of First Dates for Stand Up to Cancer in November 2017.[14]

In November 2017, Kemp was the backstage reporter on Children in Need Rocks the 80s. On 1 March 2018, Kemp hosted the Global Awards alongside Rochelle Humes and Myleene Klass, and returned to present the 2019 Global Awards. On 8 April 2019, Kemp, Hope and Jay became the hosts of the new Capital National Breakfast. In May 2019, it was announced that he would play in the 2019 edition of Soccer Aid, representing the Rest of the World due to his birth in Los Angeles allowing him to be classed as American.[15] Since June 2019, Kemp has appeared in the Channel 4 reality series Celebrity Gogglebox alongside his father.[16] In 2019, Kemp was a contestant on the nineteenth series of the ITV reality series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and finished in third place.[17][18] Kemp has also presented London's New Year celebration show twice in 2017 and 2019 alongside performers Nile Rodgers, Chic and Craig David respectively.[19]


In 2020, Kemp co-hosted a Sunday morning programme with his father, titled Martin & Roman's Sunday Best! on ITV from 14 June 2020.[20] On 19 November 2020, Kemp featured as a guest panellist on the ITV Daytime show Loose Women and was part of the first all male panel in the show's 21-year history.[21] In March 2021, Kemp presented a documentary on BBC Three, Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, exploring the mental health and suicide crisis affecting young men. His friend, producer Joe Lyons, killed himself in August 2020.[22]

From April 2021, Kemp and his father Martin Kemp are presenting Martin & Roman's Weekend Best!; a spin-off of Martin & Roman's Sunday Best!.[23]

Personal life[edit]

In the documentary Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, Kemp revealed that he came close to attempting suicide after battling with depression for 13 years.[24] Kemp is a supporter of Arsenal F.C.[25]



Year Title Channel Role Notes
2016 The X Factor UK ITV Presenter Digital presenter and social media correspondent
2016–2017 The Hot Desk ITV2 Presenter
2016–2017 Nick Kicks Nicktoons Presenter
2017 Children in Need Rocks the 80s BBC One Presenter Backstage presenter
2017 2Awesome ITV2 Co-Presenter With Vick Hope
2017 Bromans ITV2 Narrator
2017 Celebrity First Dates Channel 4 Contestant For Stand Up to Cancer
2017, 2019 New Year's Eve Fireworks BBC One Presenter With Nile Rodgers and Chic (2017); With Craig David Band and TS5 DJ Set (2019)
2018–2020 Global Awards Capital TV Co-Presenter With Rochelle Humes and Myleene Klass (2018-2019); With Rochelle Humes and Kate Garraway (2020)
2019 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! ITV Contestant Third place
2019–present Celebrity Gogglebox Channel 4 Himself With Martin Kemp
2020 Martin & Roman's Sunday Best! ITV Co-Presenter With Martin Kemp
2020, 2022 Loose Women ITV Panellist Special "Loose Men"
2021 DNA Journey ITV Himself With Martin Kemp
2021 Martin & Roman's Weekend Best! ITV Co-Presenter With Martin Kemp
2022 Concert for Ukraine ITV, STV Co-Presenter With Marvin Humes and Emma Bunton
2022–present The One Show BBC One Guest co-presenter
2022 Britain Get Singing ITV Host With Alesha Dixon, Adam Lambert, Jason Manford and[26]
2023 BRIT Awards: Red Carpet ITV2 Co-Presenter With Maya Jama and Clara Amfo[27]
The Finish Line BBC1 Presenter With Sarah Greene[28]


Year Title Role Notes
2014–2015 Sunday 6–9am Presenter
2015–2016 Saturday 5–8pm
2015–2017 Sunday 9pm–12am
2016–2017 The Capital Evening Show Weeknights 7–10pm
2017–present Capital Breakfast Weekday breakfast slot


Year Title Channel Role Notes
2021 Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency BBC Three Presenter
2021 TRIC Awards ScreenHits TV

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Work Results
2021 National Television Awards Authored Documentary Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency Nominated
TRIC Awards Radio Personality[29] Himself Won
2022 TRIC Awards Radio Personality[30] Himself Won


  1. ^ a b Cherrington-Cook, Jayne (6 November 2019). "Capital FM DJ's surprising birth story revealed by dad". Yahoo. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  2. ^ "SHMR LIMITED people - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". Retrieved 22 January 2023.
  3. ^ Adejobi, Alicia (21 October 2019). "Martin & Shirlie Kemp believe their love would have survived Tinder age". Metro. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b True: the Autobiography of Martin Kemp. p. 194.
  5. ^ Babbage, Rachel (8 March 2017). "Martin Kemp pays a beautiful tribute to George Michael on The Nightly Show". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  6. ^ "George Michael's godchildren may inherit his £100m fortune". 27 December 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  7. ^ "OB News 2011- The Old Berkhamstedianians". Berkhamsted School. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Berkhamsted Revisits: Roman Kemp". Berkhamsted Revisited podcast. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  9. ^ Foster, Alistair (18 August 2017). "Roman Kemp says celebrity radio guests don't faze him after his childhood". Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  10. ^ Roman Kemp, Tobi Brown (29 October 2020). World's MOST SPICY Gummy Bears - TBJZL vs Roman Kemp (Television production). Sky TV.
  11. ^ Darvill, Josh (1 July 2016). "Roman Kemp joins The X Factor and Xtra Factor as new presenter". Tellymix. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Roman Kemp and Vick Hope to host 2Awesome on ITV2".
  13. ^ Fane Saunders, Tristram (14 September 2017). "Bromans makes Love Island look sophisticated – episode 1 recap". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  14. ^ Ryan, Keeley. "This could be the most awkward moment on First Dates yet". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  15. ^ CAPITAL’S ROMAN KEMP SIGNS UP FOR SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF 2019 UNICEF UK. 8 May 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  16. ^ Gillibr, Abigail (11 June 2019). "Martin Kemp says 'there's nothing too awkward' Gogglebox could throw at him". Metro. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  17. ^ Harp, Justin (11 November 2019). "I'm a Celebrity cast confirmed as Caitlyn Jenner, Ian Wright and more join". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  18. ^ Evans, Mel (9 December 2019). "Roman Kemp booted from I'm A Celebrity in third place as Jacqueline Jossa and Andy Whyment battle for jungle crown". Metro. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  19. ^ Harp, Justin (17 December 2019). "I'm a Celebrity's Roman Kemp will host BBC's New Year coverage". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Martin & Roman's Sunday Best! Episode 1". Press Centre. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  21. ^ Warner, Sam (19 November 2020). "Loose Women welcomes all-male panel for first time in show's history". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency". Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Martin and Roman Kemp make bumper return to ITV across Saturday and Sunday mornings". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  24. ^ Roberts, Jamie (11 March 2021). "Roman Kemp admits he considered suicide during 13-year battle with depression". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  25. ^ "I'm A Celeb: Roman Kemp Shares Touching Moment With His Childhood Hero Ian Wright". Capital FM. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  26. ^ "Britain Get Singing". Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  27. ^ "Lewis Capaldi completes the lineup!". BRIT Awards. Retrieved 1 February 2023.
  28. ^ "Roman Kemp to front new BBC One Daytime quiz show The Finish Line". Retrieved 31 March 2023.
  29. ^ "TRIC Awards 2021 explained - and the winners, from Piers Morgan and Kate Garraway". 16 September 2021. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  30. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing, Gogglebox and Ant and Dec win at 2022 TRIC Awards | Virgin Radio UK". Retrieved 1 February 2023.

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