Ricky Whittle was born in Oldham near Manchester in the North of England. His father Harry Whittle was in the RAF which involved travelling to different RAF bases around the world. So Ricky never settled in one country for longer than 3 years. A keen sportsman, Ricky excelled in various sports representing his country at youth level in football, rugby, American football and athletics.
After being scouted by both Arsenal and Celtic football clubs, a series of injuries forced Ricky to pursue a Law degree with Criminology at Southampton University for 4 years. Here he began modelling, becoming the face of a Reebok campaign in 2000.
After a successful audition and recall for the lead character in Sky One’s “Dream Team”, Ricky left university to pursue an acting career. After two action-packed seasons as Dream Team’s “bad boy” Ryan Naysmith, Ricky appeared as a guest character on BBC One’s “Holby City”, where he played his first gay character, David Richards.
Sadly, after breaking his leg in a freak accident during a charity football match, seven operations meant Ricky was bed bound for a few months and was told he would never be able to play the game again and would be lucky to walk without limping.
However, Ricky returned to “Dream Team” and a new storyline was written in which his character broke his leg, allowing him to recover on the show as ladies man Ryan. After receiving strength and support from hundreds of fan mails wishing him a quick recovery, Ricky completed his rehabilitation and was back playing full contact football, proving the doctors wrong.