Martijn Kamphuis meets Sarah Kemp
||Martijn Kamphuis lives in
The Netherlands and watched Sons and Daughters
on Dutch TV and Belgian TV, where its run finished in
1989. He has been to Australia twice, and on the second
occasion he lived in Sydney for a year, where he studied
Advanced English at college and was amazed to find that
his English teacher was none other than Sarah Kemp,
who appeared in Sons and Daughters as Charlie
Bartlett! When Martijn was looking for someone to interview
for the college newspaper, popular opinion suggested
he should speak to Sarah Kemp - so he did! Martijn has
been kind enough to provide a transcript of the interview,
which appears below.
INTERVIEW By Martijn
from Advanced English
I interviewed the GE4 teacher Sarah Kemp. She
teaches General English at Level 1. The interview took place
in the common area on Level 4.
Sarah, how long have you been working
as a teacher at SITEC?
I've been working as a teacher for 4 months.
What have you done before working here
I was an actress. Most of the time I acted on stage, and sometimes
I did some TV work.
Who did you play in Sons and Daughters,
which made you internationally famous?
I played Charlie Bartlett. She was very original! Charlie was
a neighbour of the show's rich family, the Hamiltons. She was
also the best friend of the show's evil woman, Patricia Hamilton.
(Interviewer's Note: Charlie always had to listen to Patricia's
What was your favourite moment on Sons
Charlie had her own pet, a cute small white puppy dog, which
she often carried in her arm! Some bad people on the show used
my dog to search for a dead body as an unpopular woman was killed
off. Another fine moment was Charlie marrying a very young handsome
man in a beautiful back garden - that took place in the show's
Do you often get recognised [on streets]
as Charlie from Sons and Daughters?
Yes, I often get recognised as Charlie! (Interviewer's Note:
Sons and Daughters finished its run nearly 10 years
If somebody offered you a role on a another
famous TV-series, would you say 'yes'?
Martijn adds that, after the official interview had finished,
he and Sarah Kemp started discussing the recasting of Patricia
as Alison Carr, and Sarah Kemp recalled that, when she had her
first scene with Belinda Giblin who played Alison,
"She was smaller than Rowena [Wallace] was, and those eyes:
way much bigger than Rowena's!"
Martijn states that he was also lucky enough to
meet Anne Haddy (Rosie Andrews) and Ian Rawlings (Wayne Hamilton)
while he was in Australia, but he sums up by commenting that,
although Sarah Kemp walks like Charlie, she certainly
has more brains than Charlie appeared to have!