Real name: Adam Rickitt
Birthdate: June 29, 1978
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Adam Peter Rickitt (born 29 May 1978 in Crewe, Cheshire), is an English actor, former singer and model.
Rickitt is the youngest child of four in his family. He has three older brothers: Tim (Timothy Grant), Mark (Mark Edward) and Sam (Samuel James). The family business is the estate agency Rickitt Grant which operates in Chester and London. Adam was educated at Sedbergh School.
Rickitt has spoken about suffering from bulimia in his teenage years and male sufferers have largely been neglected.
When Rickitt turned 20, fans swamped him with 200 teddy bears, mountains of chocolates and bunches of flowers. He stated: "I didn't know what to do with them all. The house was full to bursting. It was amazing." He handed the gift bonanza over to local hospitals and other charities.
He is most famous for his role on popular ITV soap opera Coronation Street, where he took over the role of Nick Tilsley in 1997. The part had previously been played by actor Warren Jackson until 1996 when the character moved to Canada. He left the series in 1999, returning briefly in 2002 and for a longer spell from 2003 to 2004 after which he along with several cast members were sacked after a new producer came to the show. His most famous and controversial storyline was in 2003 when the character of Nick was involved in the series' first gay kiss with Todd Grimshaw (played by Bruno Langley).
Rickitt actively courted gay audiences during this period, appearing regularly at gay venues and the BBC series Gaytime TV as well as children's television and mainstream pop festivals and television series.
Prior to his acting career, Rickitt had briefly been a child model. He subsequently has modelled for UK magazines such as Attitude and Cosmopolitan. He is known especially in the tabloid press for having an extremely well-defined "six-pack". This, combined with his blond hair and good looks, has led to the accusation that he is a himbo. Nonetheless, Rickitt turned down an opportunity to study law at Cambridge University in favour of continuing his modelling and acting career.
Rickitt starred as Mark Cohen in the UK National touring of the musical Rent moving to the West End of London for a record breaking run. He made a return to the London stage to star in Bill Kenwright's production Office Games, followed by a new play Final Judgement and also appearing in Nick Moran's play Telstar on UK Tour.
In December 2006 he appeared in his first pantomime, Cinderella, in the role of Prince Charming. He also previously played the role of Kieran Mitchell in the New Zealand soap Shortland Street. In January 2007 it was announced that Rickitt would appear on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street in a guest role, although as of his first appearance in March 2007, he was credited as a core cast member, and he later stated he would be on the show for at least six months. Of note, he has mentioned in an online interview, that between Coronation Street and Shortland Street, he prefers starring on the latter.
The Chris Moyles Show has often mentioned Rickitt in the past, and once featured a segment entitled "Stick It Up Your Rickett".