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Martin Kemp reveals George Michael got him job on EastEnders in exchange for wearing his jumper onscreen

MARTIN Kemp has revealed George Michael got him a job on EastEnders - in exchange for wearing his clothes on the soap.

Spandau Ballet star Martin, 59, got the part of dodgy businessman Steve Owen after singer George put him in touch with an EastEnders producer.

But the WHAM! legend, who died in 2016, was actually obsessed with the soap and knew there would be something in it for him too.

Martin revealed on ITV's Weekend Best earlier today: "George was such an EastEnders fan. He got me the part, in EastEnders, as Steve Owen. Yeah, he pushed me through the door! 

"Then he said to me, 'One thing I want in return… here's one of my jumpers, sneak it on one day, you have to wear it in one of the scenes!'"

Martin was chatting to Weekend Best guest Shane Richie, who replied: "Did you actually do it?"

And Martin replied: "Yeah I did yeah, I sneaked it on and put it on for him and he loved it!"

Shane then added: "And he loved June Brown (Dot Cotton)!" as Martin shared: "He was a beautiful, beautiful man. I can't speak highly enough of him."

Martin's wife Shirlie, who was Wham!'s backing singer, previously revealed their famous friend used to search their home looking for the soap's scripts.

Shirlie, 58, said: "He was obsessed. He would come round and open drawers, snooping about."

Martin's Weekend Best co-host is his son Roman, 28, who is also George's godson.

He recently told how Roman nearly drowned in George's pool when he was just a toddler.

Capital breakfast host and 2019 I'm A Celeb finalist Roman was dragged out of the pool in the South of France by his horrified dad.

Martin wrote in It's A Love Story, his autobiography with wife Shirlie: "There were ten of us around the pool, in George's house in St Tropez, keeping an eye and an ear out.

"Just as I allowed myself to nod off I suddenly found myself sitting bolt upright.

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"I hadn't heard a sound or seen a splash, but when I looked at the pool I realised Roman was under the water, not moving."

Martin, who jumped in to pull him out, continued: "He hadn't been there for more than a couple of seconds but it was long enough to terrify me.

"Amazingly, he was fine. I was devastated. For the next couple of days, I found myself crying almost constantly. I couldn't stop thinking about what could have happened and the consequences if I'd been too late."

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