Ricky Whittle is an English actor. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about him!
1.His full name is Richard “Ricky” Whittle.
2. He was born 31 December 1981.
3. Whittle is from Oldham, England.
4. The son of a former Royal Air Force serviceman of Jamaican descent, Whittle grew up travelling with his father’s career around the world, with a home base at Burghfield Common near Reading, Berkshire.
5. A keen sportsman, Whittle represented England and the United Kingdom at youth level in football, American football, and athletics. After having been watched by Arsenal F.C. and Celtic F.C.
6. Whittle was injured, pursued a degree in Criminology at Southampton Institute of Higher Education (now Southampton Solent University).
7. He ultimately left university, before graduating, to pursue a career in acting, but enjoyed playing football and rugby for the University sides whilst he was studying.
8. Having recovered from a broken leg, Whittle now spends his spare time playing running back for the Manchester Titans American Football team.
9. At university, Whittle began modelling, becoming the face of a Reebok campaign in 2000.
10. This brought him to the attention of casting agents for Sky One’s Dream Team, who cast him as Ryan Naysmith.
11. The writers wrote a broken leg into the Dream Team script, allowing Whittle a slower recuperation.
12. After playing his first gay character on BBC One’s Holby City, Whittle played Calvin Valentine in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks until May 2010, when his character was killed off after Whittle decided to depart.
13. In January 2008, Whittle appeared on a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link, reaching the final, but losing out to Crimewatch UK star, Rav Wilding.
14. In July 2012, Whittle appeared as Charles on season 2 of Single Ladies. He also appeared as Captain George East in Stephenie Meyer and Jerusha Hess’s romantic comedy Austenland, which was completed in 2012.
15. In March 2013, Whittle appeared in the American drama series NCIS, guest-starring in the Season 10 episode, “Detour”.
16. In 2014, he began a recurring role in The 100 as a Grounder named Lincoln, and was upgraded to regular status for season 2.
17. In August 2009, Whittle was announced as a contestant on the BBC One reality series Strictly Come Dancing, paired with Australian professional dancer Natalie Lowe.
18. A fellow contestant on the programme, Ali Bastian, also starred with him in Hollyoaks. Whittle made it through to the final of the competition (beating Rav Wilding, to whom he had lost The Weakest Link in 2008), and competed against television presenter Chris Hollins and his dance partner Ola Jordan for the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy.
19. However, Whittle lost the battle and ended up taking second place, despite winning the judges’ scores 190–186.
20. He is “Shadow Moon” on the American Gods series.