Martin Kemp - Martin Kemp Left Los Angeles Over Riots

Musician/actor Martin Kemp moved back to his native Britain from Los Angeles in the 1990s amid fears for his family's safety during the city's infamous riots.

The Spandau Ballet bassist and his partner Shirlie moved to L.A. after Kemp landed a role in 1990 crime movie The Krays, based on the real-life story of English gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray.

The 51 year old was eyeing a career in Hollywood, but his dreams were dashed when Shirlie insisted they move back to the U.K. because she was worried about the now-notorious 1992 L.A. Riots, which were sparked by the brutal beating of Rodney King by four police officers.

Speaking on U.K. Tv show Living The Life, which aired in Britain on Tuesday (04Dec12), Kemp says, "I spent about three years there, after we worked on the Kray twins film. Mostly I did... all those B-list films, but what was quite nice for me is I ended up working as an American, I had the American accent down.

"Then we bumped into the Rodney King riots, bumped into the fires, big earthquake, my wife's going, 'Get me out of here!' - which was a real wrench for me because if you're an actor and you live in L.A., it's the place to be. It's like being a kid in a sweet shop."


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