It’s a long journey from Oldham, Greater Manchester, to Los Angeles. Almost 5,300 miles, in fact. But for Ricky Whittle, it’s been a long journey in more ways than one.

You’ll know his face best from his four-year stint on Hollyoaks as heartthrob policeman Calvin Valentine, as well as his time on Strictly Come Dancing, where he reached the final in 2009.

In the six years since Whittle left the UK, and his northern English hometown, he’s starred in a feature film and several TV shows – the most recent of which is American Gods, the much-hyped adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel.

The show was filmed in Toronto, Wisconsin and Oklahoma, which meant that Whittle spent time travelling across much of North America.

Yet, despite his jetsetting, Whittle has definitely found a home in LA. He tells us exactly what he loves most, from skydiving in San Diego to seaside sunsets.

The Interview