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Profiles: EastEnders Kemp and McFadden
Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden
Kemp and McFadden joined EastEnders in February 1990
EastEnders actor Ross Kemp is in the headlines after his wife, Sun editor Rebekah Wade, was arrested but later released for alleged assault.

Later on Thursday a woman was cautioned by police for an alleged assault on Kemp's EastEnders co-star Steve McFadden.

Kemp, 41, and McFadden, 46, are most famous for playing tough brothers Grant and Phil Mitchell in BBC One soap EastEnders.

Grant drove into EastEnders with Phil, played by McFadden, in February 1990, before the criminal pair set up shop under the Arches.

Popular return

An impressive 25.3 million viewers watched Grant attack Phil in 1994, after learning his brother was having an affair with wife Sharon, played by Letitia Dean.

Essex-born actor Kemp has just rejoined the cast for three weeks, after leaving six years ago for ITV, and has signed up for another three months next year.

Ricky Gervais, Ross Kemp
Kemp won acclaim for his role in Ricky Gervais' Extras
Kemp's EastEnders' comeback - part of a deal which will also allow him to pursue his directing ambitions - has helped boost the show's flagging ratings to 13 million viewers and a 52.9% audience share for his first onscreen episode.

McFadden also returned to the soap last month, having left in 2004 when his character was sent to prison for armed robbery.

McFadden was born in Maida Vale and graduated from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He began his television career in 1989, when he appeared in ITV series Minder and The Bill, and BBC drama Bergerac.

McFadden also had minor roles in movies Buster in 1988 and Kevin and Perry Go Large in 2000.

'Iconic character'

Kemp's career began after he studied drama at London's Webber Douglas Academy, and has appeared in films, TV and in various adverts since the mid-1980s.

He first joined EastEnders in 1990, scooping several TV awards for his role alongside McFadden.

EastEnders executive producer Kate Harwood described Kemp's character Grant Mitchell as "one of the most iconic and popular in the history of soap".

Steve McFadden in EastEnders
McFadden left EastEnders in 2004 before returning this year

Kemp moved to ITV in 1999. He took on two star vehicles, Without Motive and In Defence, which saw him play a police officer and a lawyer respectively.

It was not, however, until 2002 when he played Sgt Henry 'Henno' Garvie in SAS drama Ultimate Force that he achieved another genuine ratings hit.

A fifth series is in production, unaffected by his new BBC deal.

During his time away from Albert Square, Kemp also starred in TV movie versions of Spartacus and A Christmas Carol and made documentaries on gang culture and gladiators.

Kemp's recent comedy appearance as himself on Ricky Gervais' post-Office show Extras, on BBC Two, was hailed as one of the series' best.


SEE ALSO
Editor free after Kemp 'assault'
03 Nov 05 |  Entertainment
Kemp's EastEnders return extended
30 Oct 05 |  Entertainment
Mitchell brothers back in Square
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