American Gods star Ricky Whittle on why he misses Manchester

American Gods, Ricky Whittle

Ex-Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle is based Stateside these days with his starring role in American Gods. But he hasn't forgotten where he started out!

Ex-Hollyoaks (opens in new tab) star Ricky Whittle may have head for Hollywood soon after quitting his role as cop Calvin Valentine in the Channel 4 soap back almost a decade ago. But it's nice to hear the Manchester-born star hasn't forgotton where his roots lie!

"I miss Manchester and it's awesome," Ricky told The Manchester Evening News (opens in new tab) in a recent interview. "I miss the outrageous banter that I had there with my friends and family that live there. Don't get me wrong, Los Angeles is fun and you meet great people from all over the world. But it's just different when you meet someone from Manchester. It's usually an instant connection because the humour is unrivaled. Dry, cutting, sarcastic and non-stop. But at the same time they are more genuine and always had my back."

Hollyoaks, Ricky Whittle

Calvin was reunited with true-love Carmel on Hollyoaks. But then was shot dead by her killer cousin, Theresa! (Picture: Lime Pictures)

Since moving to the States, Ricky has starred as Lincoln on the post-apocalyptic sci-fi series, The 100 (the character was controversially killed-off, angering some fans) and currently plays Shadow Moon, a former convict turned boduguard on Amazon Prime's fantasy drama series, American Gods, which is based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name.

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Filming on Season 3 of American Gods begins in Toronto, Canada later this year.

American Gods, Season 1 + 2 are available to watch on Amazon Prime Video

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.

Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.

He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.