Ricky Whittle is an English Actor who is gaining international recognition for his roles in The 100 and American Gods. He got his start in the early 2000s as a model for Reebok. and would later land a role on the British television series, Hollyoaks as Calvin Valentine.
In 2009, he appeared in the British reality competition series Strictly Come Dancing and came second. After years of appearing on British television, Ricky was able to cross over to American television shows in 2012 when he landed a role on Single Ladies, VH1’s hit show. He followed this up by appearing in the ABC television show, Mistresses.
Shortly after, he landed a role on The CW’s hit post-apocalyptic drama, The 100. His role on the show was well received and he was able to parlay that success into more substantial roles. It was later announced that Ricky Whittle had landed the sought-after role of Shadow Moon on the long-awaited and highly anticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods. The show which debuted on Starz was immediately well-received for its cinematography, storytelling, and excellent cast and characters.
Here’s more information on the British Star as he makes his way through Hollywood.
Ricky Whittle Bio (Age & Ethnicity)
Richard “Ricky” Whittle was born in Oldham, England on the 31st of December, 1981. He has two younger siblings. Ricky is of mixed race as his mother is white while his father is black from Jamaica.
Ricky Whittle attended Southampton Solent University where he studied Law. He began modeling to pay for the books he required for his studies. However, he dropped out just before graduation in order to pursue acting full-time. In 2011, he relocated to the United States to better advance his career.
His parents are Maggie and Harry Whittle Thanks to his father’s job in the Royal Air Force, the family had to move to a new country every few years. As a result of this, Ricky primarily grew up in Northern Ireland. The young actor was bullied in school as a result of being the only black kid in his school. The bullying got so bad that he revealed to his Caucasian mother that he wanted to be white in order to fit in more with the other kids.
His mother’s maiden name is Goodwin and she is from England.
Is He Gay?
It is common practice for the media to speculate about the personal lives of celebrities. Since his acting debut, fans and gossip blogs alike have wanted to know which team the actor plays for. Well, based on his dating history the actor is exclusively straight and has only been in relationships with women.
However, from his social media posts, it’s clear that the actor is a friend of the LGBTQ community and gay rights.
Ricky Whittle: Wife & Girlfriend
The actor is presently unmarried and thus has no wife. He currently is in a long-term relationship with Kirstina Colonna, who he has been in a relationship with since 2016.
Prior to that, he was in a relationship with Carley Stenson who was his costar on Hollyoaks. They were together from 2007 to 2011. Since the two broke up, they have remained close friends.
Ricky has also previously dated Jessica Szohr in 2012 and Rumer Willis in 2014.
Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
His height is listed as 6 ft 1 in and his weight is recorded to be 85 kgs (187 lbs). His other body measurements are currently unknown but the fact that Ricky Whittle is an enviable physique is undeniable.
Presently, his exact workout and diet routine are not known but you can easily tell that he puts in the effort to look great. This requires eating healthy and frequent visits to the gym.
The actor currently has a total net worth of $1 Million. This is an impressive amount considering how relatively new he is to the industry. In a short time, he landed major roles in several shows including Hollyoaks, Single Ladies, Mistresses, American Gods and The 100.
Considering he is this successful at the beginning of his career you can be sure that great things await him as he continues to grow and build his career.