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Roman Kemp surprised with 30th birthday party live on Capital

Ed Sheeran, James Corden and other celebrities lead celebrations for Roman Kemp’s 30th birthday live on Capital earlier.

Roman, who turns 30 tomorrow, arrived to present his Capital Breakfast show this morning to find the Leicester Square studios transformed into a birthday party. There were balloons, a life-sized caricature cut out and Roman’s favourite breakfast presented by The Apprentice star Tom Skinner.

Co-hosts Sian Welby and Chris stark arranged the surprise and when he arrived, Sian said: “It’s your birthday party today Roman,” before singing “happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Roman Kemp who’s 30… tomorrow, happy birthday to you!”

Ed Sheeran was one of many celeb friends who wished Roman “Happy Birthday” in a video and James Corden said: “Roman, Happy 30th Birthday! I absolutely love you. I hope you have the best day and I cannot wait to see you soon. Happy Birthday buddy. I love ya!” from the set of The Late Late Show.  

There were plenty of other birthday messages too:

Ellie Goulding: “Hey Roman… I’m speaking to you from the top of a mountain! I just want to say Happy Birthday. Thank you so much for just being you and being a brilliant presenter and giving us all the laughs. Thank you so much for supporting me over the years. Really appreciate it. I appreciate you and have an amazing time!”

Gemma Collins: “It’s the GC. Happy Birthday, Roman! Don’t forget, save me some cake. Stay fabulous, honey!”

Davina McCall: “I just wanted to say a massive, massive Happy Birthday! You are literally one of the nicest, easiest to talk to, most grounded, thoughtful people I have ever met… I remember we worked together on something and I felt like I could talk to you forever. I really, really hope you have the most amazing day. You really deserve it and I’m sending you tonnes of love.”

Kate Garraway, from Capital’s sister station Smooth Radio: “Roman, I am so excited that you are turning 30… Happy Birthday, mate.

“Everybody knows about your talent and your charm, but I don’t think a lot of people know what a great and loyal friend you are. You’ve been amazing to me and the kids just when we needed it most, so thanks for that.

“I do know about your professionalism though, because we’ll always have jungle radio together, broadcasting live with cockroaches being thrown at us and pigeons flapping in our face, and you kept it going amazingly.

“In terms of charm, you are the only person… that’s actually persuaded me to wash your pants in the shower, in the jungle, which I’m rather proud of. I could consider it an insult, but no, it makes me your radio mum, doesn’t it? So I love that. Anyway, Happy Birthday. You deserve everything. Have fun!”

Roman’s sister, Harley sent her brother birthday wishes: “Hey Ro, Happy 30th birthday. We love you so much. We’re so proud of you. I hope you’re having a good day at Capital. I hope they do some nice surprises or some nasty tricks like you do for the rest of us! Love you, Ro. Have a great day!”

Ant & Dec, KSI, Anne-Marie and many more also sent video messages.

Guests including Rita Ora, Leah Williamson and the Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus were live in the studio and before the end of the show, Roman was surprised with a spectacular showstopper cookie cake topped with brownies and a 30th banner!

Listen to Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp, weekdays from 6am – 10am across the UK and on Global Player.


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