As Grant Mitchell in EastEnders, Ross Kemp was of course playing the role of a hard man who laughed in the face of danger, and it seems that in real life, Ross does exactly the same, even having a little giggle when fired at by snipers!
Since he left ‘Enders, Ross has become synonymous with hard hitting documentaries and has traveled to some of the world’s most dangerous areas to film his Sky shows; from infiltrating drug smuggling gangs to standing shoulder to shoulder with troops on the front lines in war torn Afghanistan, it seems nothing much fazes Ross.
And a report in TV Biz today confirms his possibly blasé – but undoubtedly brave – world view after he recalled an incident in which he and his Sky TV colleague, cameraman Jonathan Young, laughed after being fired upon by a sniper.
The terrifying incident occurred while Ross and his production team were in Karachi filming for his latest series, Extreme World…
He explained that they became “caught in a tight spot” while on the trail of a wanted man who was being chased across a roof by gun-wielding cops…
Ross said, “This particular guy, Uzair Baloch, is wanted by the police.
“We go back to his base… and we get surrounded by police and he is standing there on his roof, going, ‘Are they coming this way, are they coming that way?’
“He moves away and I very cleverly stand right where he was standing.
“I’ve learnt that lesson now, because a round goes between me and Jonathan, who has been with me in Afghanistan as my cameraman.
“We had a little bit of a giggle which we had to cut out. You’re not allowed to laugh when you get shot at, which is what you naturally do.
“It came between me and the camera. You can’t slow down and see where it was, but I know the zip from being out in Afghanistan.
“It was a sniper round.”
The new six-part series also sees Ross in a Venezuelan prison where “dead and dying people were all around us in hammocks.”
He also investigates the horrendous practice of burning “witches” alive in Kenya and Tanzania, and meets an albino girl whose arm was hacked off by people who believe her bones contain “mystical properties.”
Ross Kemp: Extreme World returns to Sky1 this autumn.