When Ricky Whittle modeled for the Reebok brand in the early 2000s, he wasn’t sure if he would focus his career on acting. It wasn’t a question of fate or happiness for Ricky to explore all areas in his quest for success. The native Englishman, the only black child bullied in his school, did not wait for fate to write his own stories. Here are facts you need to know about the talented actor.
Ricky Whittle’s Bio, Age, Ethnicity
He was born on 23 November 1981 in Oldham, England, the son of his parents; Harry, his Jamaican father, and Maggie (Goodwin), his British mother. Ricky, who grew up with a military father, was the eldest of three children and had to move to different countries with his parents. One of the countries the family lived in for a long time was Northern Ireland, where Ricky attended school. His Northern Irish diaries include episodes in which he wishes to be white because he was racially harassed at school.
He had his college education in Southhampton. But previously he had been considered by Arsenal and Celtic football clubs for professional football. This project was of short duration after Ricky had suffered an injury. After moving to Southampton Solent University, he took a course in law and combined his studies with modeling to pay his school fees.
His model trip made him famous when he became the face of a shoe brand, Reebok, in the early 2000s. This was immediately followed by his acting debut in the British television series DreamTeam (2002). At that time he knew that acting was always the center of attention. The ninth series of the show ended in 2006 and Whittle left. In the same year, he landed another role of “Calvin Valentine” in another Hollyoaks show that was broadcast on Channel 4. Whittle left the show in 2009 and played in the 7th season of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing with professional dancer Natalie Lowe.
Later, Whittle, who had always wanted to make a name for himself on American television, traveled to Los Angeles to realize this dream. He made his first step on the platform when he was signed under the popular manager Ken Jacobsen. He made his debut on American television in the feature film Austenland (released 2013). In 2012 he won a major role in the comic drama single Ladies. Whittle was more and more noticed by producers and received more attention. He appeared in six episodes of the Atlanta 2012 series after impressing producer Stacy A. Littlejohn so much at auditions.
After an impressive performance in the first season of the post-apocalyptic drama The 100 in 2014, the actor received a nod to continue in the second season as his regular character “Lincon”. He attracted so much attention on American screens. While he was still shooting The 100, he got another role in ABC’s drama series, The Mistresses, which appeared in 10 episodes. 2017 was all the more promising for the actor when he got a leading role in the popular movie American Gods, which was an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. But that’s not all, Whittle was cast in 2017 in the popular Netflix film Nappily Ever After (2018), which is largely based on the novel by Trisha R. Thomas. It wasn’t a smooth ride for Ricky Whittle, but then he stood firm.
Personal Life – Wife, Kids, Girlfriend Parents
Ricky Whittle is not the celebrity who keeps everything open about his private life. But what we do know is that due to the fact that his father was an Afro-Jamaican ethnic group, the actor suffered so much from bullying that he wanted to change his skin color to white. In one of his interviews, he told stories about how children at school would ask if he was painted by God, as well as other racial comments. But he was always encouraged by his British mother to adopt his color, which he will one day appreciate.
Due to his private nature, it cannot be determined whether the actor is or was married to someone. But reports have it that he once dated colleague Carley Stenson, who was his co-star in the Hollyoaks series. The two ended their relationship after 3 years but remained friends. He is going out with the beautiful Kirstina Colonna. The couple started dating in 2016 and have been together ever since. Whittle has no children from his relationships.
Is He Gay?
Thanks to his reserved appearance, people have become immersed in the actor’s sexuality. But even when the above question comes up occasionally, Whittle himself never agreed with the assumptions.
Height, Weight, Measurements
Ricky Whittle fits perfectly into the modeling for the obvious reasons. With his large and well-formed body and well-divided six-packs, it won’t be wrong to say that he can model up to the age of 80. The talented actor stands at a high altitude of 1.85 m (6 ft, 1 in), which is quite equivalent to his weight of 95 kg (210 lbs).