British-born London resident Will Kemp
comes to STEP UP 2 THE STREETS after an acclaimed and very successful 2007 West End revival of Peter Shaffer's play Equus
, co-starring with Harry Potter
's Daniel Radcliffe
and Richard Griffiths
. He started dancing at the age of nine and trained at the Royal Ballet School in London. At age 17, he auditioned for and was accepted into Matthew Bourne's cutting-edge dance company, Adventures in Motion Pictures (AMP). His most prestigious dance accomplishment was winning the lead role of the swan in Bourne's Swan Lake
, which ran from 1997 to 2000 in London, Los Angeles and on Broadway, a role which reportedly prompted then-chief of Paramount Sherry Lansing to call him the James Dean of ballet
. Bourne created the role of the angel in Cinderella
for Kemp. The 1999 Los Angeles production of the piece earned Kemp a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nomination as Best Featured Performer. He also starred in Bourne's productions of The Car Man
, Play Without Words
, and Highland Fling
Kemp has also appeared on stage in Will Tuckett's productions of Pinocchio, Wind in the Willows, and The Soldier's Tale. Kemp made his feature-film acting debut in Van Helsing opposite Hugh Jackman, then followed with Mindhunters and Miguel and William. His television credits include broadcast versions of Swan Lake, The Car Man, and Pinocchio.
: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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