Born in Essex in 1964, Ross Kemp is best known as one half of the infamous Mitchell Brothers in BBC's EastEnders. Most recently, Kemp has received international recognition as an investigative journalist for his critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary series', which include Ross Kemp on Gangs (2006) and Ross Kemp in Afghanistan (2008). Ross Kemp in Afghanistan came about when Ross heard that his father's old regiment, 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, were to be deployed in Helmand province. Filming took place over a year and followed the soldiers from their pre-deployment training to their return to the UK. The series won a Broadcast Award and was followed in 2009 by Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan, where Ross spent time with the men of 5 Scots, 16 Air Assault and the Royal Marines 45 Commando. Ross lives in London, is a keen rugby fan and is a Patron of Help for Heroes.