A British-born performer who trained formally as a ballet dancer, Will Kemp gained widespread acclaim for such accomplishments as his lead contribution to Matthew Bourne's production of Swan Lake -- with a cast that consisted almost exclusively of men. Kemp launched into print modeling as well, appearing in a widely seen campaign for The Gap, then segued into acting with parts in Stephen Sommers' Victorian-era supernatural thriller Van Helsing (2004) and Renny Harlin's lurid psychological thriller Mindhunters (2005), opposite Val Kilmer and LL Cool J. Kemp deftly merged his ballroom finesse and his dramatic evocations with prominent billing in Jon M. Chu's dance-themed urban drama Step Up 2 the Streets (2008); he played Blake Collins, the proprietor of a dance school who finds his chief proclivity -- an utter contempt for street dancing -- upstaged by the arrival of a brash and talented young newcomer at his school.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Started taking dance classes at age 9 at his mother's suggestion.
- Earned a place into the Royal Ballet Seniors and then the Royal Ballet Upper Class.
- Landed the role of The Swan from 1997 to 2000 in the all-male cast of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake in both London and Broadway.
- Made his big screen debut in the 2004 film Van Helsing, and reprised his role for the film's video game tie-in.