Ross James Kemp (born 21 July 1964) is an English actor, author, and television war reporter. He rose to prominence in the role of Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Since 2004, Kemp has received international recognition as a journalist for the BAFTA Award-winning documentary series Ross Kemp on Gangs.
The series follows the soldiers of B Company of the 1st Battalion on their training for deployment, on fighting operations, as well as examining life and conditions at the Now Zad front line base. At times the Taliban are no more than 50 metres away. The series also features interviews with soldiers and their families while still in England before deployment; with the mother of the Anglians’ first casualty in Afghanistan, killed in May 2007 in a firefight at Nawzad; with the family of one of the men killed in the friendly fire incident; and with a corporal who survived the bombing. The series runs until the soldiers return to the UK.
Episode three focuses on the life of the soldier – what it is like to live on Britain’s front line at the Now Zad base. It is at Now Zad that the Royal Anglians suffered their first casualty, Private Chris Gray, killed during a fierce fire fight with Taliban fighters in May 2007. Ross meets his mother Helen Gray and talks to her about how it feels to have lost her son to the conflict.
Ross Kemp Documentaries
You can find a full index and overview of Ross Kemp’s documentaries here.
Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 04 February 2008.
- Rating: 15.
- Running Time: 60 minutes.
- Country: UK.
- Language: English.