Martin and Roman Kemp in floods of tears on DNA Journey as singer is told his gran was sent to a workhouse aged 10

MARTIN and Roman Kemp were in floods of tears on ITV's DNA Journey tonight after the singer was told his gran was sent to a workhouse aged 10.

The pair were told Martin's grandmother, Eliza Crisp, was ripped away from her dad and brothers after her own mother was admitted to an asylum.

The Spandau Ballet star, 59, and his radio DJ son, 28, discovered the heartbreaking story of Eliza early on in the episode, but at the end of the show they were taken to the workhouse where she had lived for five years.

There, they were told the workhouse was "notorious" for beating children until they passed out and it even featured in Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist.

However, records showed Eliza spent her time training to become a maid and landed a decent job running a house when she left in 1911, aged 15.

One expert told Martin: "She did come out of the asylum and Eliza sent money to her mum.



"Eliza was formidable, she was part of an army of working class women who showed grit and determination and really held the family together."

Viewers also got to see where Martin grew up in Islington, North London, and the star revealed he and brother Gary were born in the same room.

He said: "There was no bath or sink … it was a house that never had any money but it was filled with love.

"Mum and dad gave us everything we needed, it never felt like I was skint.



"Once or twice I caught my mum crying because she couldn't afford to pay for dinner."

At the end of their episode, Roman admitted the huge sense of gratitude he had towards his dad's side of the family.

"And you guys broke the chain, you guys changed the way people see our family.

"I like to think of it that my dad broke the train, my dad bought the guitar for Gary, my dad wrote a letter to the factory saying I wanted to be a pop star, he let that happen."

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