Ricky Whittle Biography

Ricky Whittle is an English actor and a former male model. He started as a model in the early 2000s and has done pretty good for himself. He even managed to appear as a model for Reebok. But then he decided to turn to acting. He began booking shows and started doing to auditions. To the British audience he is mostly recognized for his roles in “Hollyoaks”, a British soap opera where he played the character of Calvin Valentine. Ricky also participated in the BBC’s reality dance competition “Strictly Come Dancing”. He managed to display his dancing skills and even cam second in the competition.

Since 2012, Ricky Whittle began making appearances in American shows. He got a recurring role on VH-1’s “Single Ladies”, and on ABC’s “Mistresses”. Ricky also appeared in shows like “The 100”, “Lincoln”, “NCIS” and “Candy Cabs”. But his most important role yet is that of Shadow Moon in the Neil Gaiman adaptation of his popular book “American Gods”. The show appears on Starz and Whittle plays the main role. He was praised for his performances and season 2 is shortly under way.


Ricky Whittle and Emily Browning in “American Gods”

Ricky Whittle is also working on expanding his movie career. So far he has few titles on his IMDB record; a film called “Losing Sam” (2011), “Austenland” (2013), but he will be staring in an upcoming project called “Nappily Ever After” (2018).


Austenland (2013)

Net Worth and Salary

The journey that Ricky Whittle had to go on was not easy. Moving around constantly, being the only black child and school and being teased about it, to eventually making it big and moving go LA. This is something most actors dream about and Ricky has magnet to achieve it. His salary and net worth have been steadily increasing as well as he went on from role to role. Since 2018, Ricky Whittle’s net worth is estimated at 1 million dollars and according to early assessments, it will probably go higher.

Ricky Whittle Partner Girlfreind and Family

Ricky Whittle is a ladies’ man. You can tell that by his appearance and the way he moves and behaves. Yet he does not display his affairs very often in public. But he is not marred nor are there any indications that he will be married any time in the future. But he came close as he used to date his “Hollyoaks” co-star Carley Stenson. They met in 2006, while filming the show, and had quite a long relationship together. They finally broke up in 2009. Currently, Ricky is dating Kirstina Colonna and the two of them have been together since 2016. Is she finally the one? Only Ricky knows the answer to this question.


Ricky Whittle and Carley Stenson


Ricky Whittle was born on 31 December 1981 as Richard Whittle and is currently 36 years old. He was born in Oldham, England, but was forced to move around a lot when he was a child. His mother and father are Maggie and Harry Whittle. His mum is Caucasian while his father is of Jamaican descent and he was also a pilot in the Royal Air Force, which was the reason for their many moves. Ricky primarily grew up in Northern Ireland, but has said that he had a very tough time fitting in. Since he was the only black child in school he was ridiculed by his peers.

Eventually, Ricky went to college and studied law at Southampton Solent University. In order to pay for his studies he started modeling. But Whittle finally left college before he graduated and embarked on a different journey. He moved to Los Angeles in 2011 with a dream to further his career. So far he has been doing great there and everything is going according to play for him.

Ricky Whittle Height and Weight

Ricky Whittle is certainly a sore eye of the ladies. Being a model early on in his career pays dividend. He is well built and quite charming, which attracts a lot of women. He is 6ft 1in (185 cm) tall and weighs about 88kg. You can tell that he works out and goes to the gym as he has a perfectly sculptured body. He doesn’t mind displaying it in his roles nor on his social accounts like Instagram for instance.


Ricky Whittle’s body

Football Career

You are probably wondering why we are even mentioning Ricky Whittle’s football career when he did not play professionally anywhere. This is true, but what is lesser known is the fact that Ricky was quit a talented footballer in his youth. He was inters in football and even dreamed of becoming one professionally. In early stages of his career he came as close as to being drafted by clubs like Arsenal and Celtic. Unfortunately, his career was endangered by injuries and it stopped before it even started. Who knows where his path would have led him if he had been fit back then.

Ricky Whittle Nationality and Ethnicity

Ricky Whittle was born in England from a mixed marriage. His mother is English while his father is Jamaican by birth, but grew up in England. Since Ricky was born in England, he has a British nationality but with a mixed background. So his ethnic type is mixed.

Biography & Facts
Born: December 31 1981
Nationality: British
Ethnicity: Mixed
Religion: N/A
Profession: Actor and a Former Male Model
Net Worth: $1 million
Salary: N/A
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Height: 6ft 1in (185 cm)
Weight: 88 kg
Married to: No
Affair with: N/A
Children: No
Birth Sign: Capricorn
Education: Studied Law at Southampton Solent University