Martin Kemp and Gary Kemp have had long and successful careers both together and apart, after finding fame as part of Spandau Ballet in 1979. The close-knit brothers have appeared in films together, most notably as The Krays, as well as having huge success as actors and musicians in their own right. But which brother has made the biggest fortune since becoming a household name?
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A new mockumentary airs tonight on the BBC with the brothers playing fictionalised versions of themselves.
The spoof documentary was created by comedian Rhys Thomas, and interviews the pair about their careers for the band’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
The Kemps: All True sees the two Kemp brothers poking fun at themselves with plenty of improvisation along the way.
But while the spoof plays on their fame and fortune in a fictional way, in real life the pair have done very well for themselves.
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The Kemps have made millions as actors, singers and musicians, following a humble upbringing.
The pair grew up in Islington in north London, with parents who had very little to their name.
Gary told The Guardian in an interview this month that their late parents “owned nothing but the cat. Everything else was on HP [hire purchase].”
So how much are the two brothers worth now that they’re decades into their careers?
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Martin Kemp net worth
Martin Kemp is estimated to have a net worth of £3.2 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Martin Kemp, 58, is the younger brother of the two, and was recruited for his brother Gary’s band in 1979 – which is when they became Spandau Ballet, with Martin playing bass.
However, the English star is also well known as an actor, having starred in The Krays alongside his brother as well as playing soap baddie Steve Owen in EastEnders.
The singer won awards for the role, which ultimately saw him killed off in a now iconic car chase with rival Phil Mitchell.
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More recently however, Martin came third in 2012’s Celebrity Big Brother, and he now makes regular TV appearances with his son Roman.
The father and son are said to be making almost £450,000 for their upcoming ITV daytime series Sunday Best, with each star being paid £10,000 per episode according to The Sun.
Gary Kemp net worth
Gary Kemp is estimated to have a net worth of £8 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth – making him richer than his younger brother.
The 60-year-old was not only the guitar player for Spandau Ballet, but also wrote some of the band’s biggest hits, which has proven to be very lucrative for the multi-talented star.
Gary wrote the lyrics and music for all 23 of Spandau Ballet’s hit singles, including True, Gold, and Only When You Leave.
In 1999 there was a dispute over the royalties from the songs, with his three fellow band members – including singer Tony Hadley – claiming up to £1million of the writer’s royalties.
However, the judge ruled against the claim, with the High Court deciding that they had no copyright over the hit songs.
Gary said at the time: “I see this as a victory on behalf of all songwriters. Over the past few years there have been many cases brought against writers from people trying unfairly to claim in some of their royalties, or confuse and blur the difference between composing and performing.”
He’s also more recently been touring the US with Nick Mason’s band Saucerful of Secrets, while Spandau Ballet has no plans to reform.
However, like his younger brother, Gary has plenty of on-screen credits too as a successful actor.
His credits include playing alongside Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard as the singer’s PR manager, as well as playing opposite Martin in The Krays.
Gary has also starred in various TV roles including Murder in Mind, Murder Investigation Team, and Casualty.
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