Ricky Whittle made his mark as Calvin Valentine on Channel 4's Hollyoaks but gave up the soap for a new career in America.
Securing roles in TV series The 100, the hugely popular series American Gods as well as a movie role in Netflix's Nappily Ever After, Ricky, 38, is living the life lapping up the sunshine, glitzy parties and glamour of Hollywood.
The former Strictly Come Dancing star, who has amassed a huge following thanks to his role as Shadow Moon in American Gods, is now based in California where he has been living along in lockdown.
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While he's been in lockdown Ricky, who hails from Oldham, Manchester, is stateside, and has been keeping himself entertained making mini home movies while he isn't filming.
He's also been learning Spanish, playing the piano, painting and generally making the most of the extra time by keeping his enviable six pack in check by training out in his home gym.
The actor posted a shirtless snap of himself in a pair of tiny shorts along a barbell machine writing: "Fit Friday i didn’t want to waste the gift of time that this terrible pandemic has given me. I want to come out the other end a better person in as many ways as possible. Physically, mentally, spiritually. I’ve started Spanish lessons, piano lessons, painting, I’ve caught up with family and friends and tried to maintain my #health and #fitness #Motivation, discipline and the right mind set has been the most important part."
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Ricky's home, which he appears to be living alone in during the coronavirus pandemic, also includes a cosy bedroom which he cosies up in with his Star Wars Yoda figurine.
The room is decorated all dark grey, with cushions and throws as well as matching curtains and a black painted door.
Elsewhere in his spacious home is a winding staircase, and a large foyer that features an intricate tiled pattern in the flooring.
Ricky gave a glimpse of the living room which has huge windows along the curved wall looking out onto incredible views of the surrounding neighbourhood.
The actor, who starred in Hollyoaks from 2009 to 2011 as Calvin before pursuing a career in America, has also treated himself to an incredible Mustang car.
He had the vintage muscle car restored and was thrilled with the results, posing outside his home with the silver motor back in 2018.
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Ricky, who dated fellow Hollyoaks actress Carley Stenson from 2007 to 2009, is believed to be currently single, but that hasn't stopped him from enjoying the bright lights of Hollywood.
As well as red carpet premieres to promote his the Starz series American Gods, the actor has visited Universal Studios, as well as enjoyed day trips outside of the city.
He's also given a glimpse into the life of an actor, sharing behind the scenes in the make-up trailer as her gets ready for filming.
And even though he's carved out a successful career he's always got time for old friends like his former co-star Nathalie Emmanuel, who played his onscreen sister Sasha Valentine.
The actress, who quit the Channel 4 soap shortly after Ricky in 2010, went on to bag a role in Game of Thrones as well as a recurring role in the new Fast and Furious movies, and a Netflix series Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Ricky shared a cute snap of the pair reuniting when she was in LA: "When ya lil sis @nathalieemmanuel gets into town for our yearly hang, you take that talented princess for pizza… sooooo proud of this little lady."
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