Ricky Whittle made his screen debut in the British sports drama television series, ‘Dream Team’ in 2002 where he played the role of ‘Ryan Naysmith.’ After making an appearance in the British medical drama television series, ‘Holby City’ in 2004, Whittle joined the cast of the British soap opera ‘Hollyoaks’ created by Phil Redmond. He played the role of ‘Calvin Valentine’ and remained a part of the show until 2014. Whittle also became a recipient of the ‘TRIC Award’ for his portrayal of ‘Calvin Valentine’ in the show. In 2009, he became a part of the 7th season of the British television dance contest ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ created by Fenia Vardanis, Richard Hopkins, and Karen Smith. He was declared the runner-up of the season. He next starred as ‘Charles’ in the American comedy-drama television series ‘Single Ladies’ in 2012. He starred in 8 episodes of the show. In 2013, he starred as ‘Captain East’ in the romantic comedy film ‘Austenland’ directed by Jerusha Hess. The film received a 32% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes and holds a 6.3 out of 10 rating on IMDb. The following year, he joined the cast of the American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series ‘The 100’ developed by Jason Rothenberg. He played the role of ‘Lincoln’ and remained on the show until 2016.
In 2017, he became a part of the American fantasy drama television series ‘American Gods’ as ‘Shadow Moon.’ The series aired 26 episodes in a span of 3 seasons before going off-air in 2021. He next portrayed ‘Clint’ in the 2018 American romantic comedy film ‘Nappily Ever After’ directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. The film was released on Netflix and received a 67% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. Whittle last appeared in the American daytime news program ‘GMA3: What You Need To Know’ in 2019.