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Kemp misses quiet life as EastEnder

Ross Kemp says when he leaves his wife Renee O’Brien to go and make dangerous documentaries, he wonders why he left EastEnders.

Ross Kemp has admitted he sometimes wonders why he left EastEnders because the job was so safe, unlike his documentary work with some of the world’s toughest gangs.

Not many people would see Albert Square as living the quiet life, but Ross, who played Walford hard man Grant Mitchell for 10 years over two stints, said he looked back on it fondly when in dangerous situations.

The Extreme World presenter told the Daily Mirror: “I’m still happy doing what I do, but the older you get the less you want to be taking risks. There have been a few moments where I’ve thought, ‘Why did I ever leave EastEnders?’

“I’m already pushing my body to the limit. I’m not going to be able to do this in a few years’ time. So maybe the comfy chair is beckoning. I’ve decided I want to be that boring old man who sits in the corner. At least I’ll have some good stories to tell.”

Ross also added that it was tough dealing with his wife Renee O’Brien’s worries: “It’s always hard saying goodbye to my wife. I try to be upbeat and tell her I’ll see her in a month or six weeks, even though you know the dangers. You just have to do that.

“I miss my family dreadfully while I’m away. They have voiced their concerns, but they understand that’s how I pay the bills and how fortunate I am to do something I am passionate about.

“They accept these things run their course and I won’t be doing this for ever.”

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