According to former Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle the UK is ahead of America when it comes to diversity on television.
Via The Guardian
The British actor Ricky Whittle has said he believes UK television is ahead of the US in terms of diversity.
Whittle – a former star of Hollyoaks and contestant on Strictly Come Dancing – who is starring in hit new US drama The 100 said he felt typecast by the roles he was being offered across the Atlantic.
Asked if he had been offered better roles since moving to Los Angeles, the 32-year-old Manchester-born actor said: “No, not at all. I’d say the UK definitely has more diversity.”
His comments come in the wake of claims that the reverse is true, with some British black actors saying they have found more opportunities in the US than at home. Continue Reading
I cannot quite decide if Ricky actually believes this, or if he hopes that by peddling a lie he will finally get more acting work on British television.
The only example of diversity on British television that is miles ahead of our American cousins is the depiction of interracial relationships, particularly between black men and Caucasian women. Watching British television, one would be led to believe that black British couples don’t actually exist in our society. Even Idris Elba who produced and starred in the hit drama ‘Luther’ never once cast a black actress as his love interest during the hit BBC show’s run.
But anyway, other than that I don’t know what Ricky is talking about.
The situation is far from perfect on US television, there is still a long way to go, but they are in a better position than us.
I remember when Ricky first appeared on the popular Sky 1 football drama ‘Dream Team’. He was an attractive young man who clearly did not win the role based on acting ability (he could not act). Then year’s later he landed a permanent role in the teen soap Hollyoaks where I did note a slight improvement.
After leaving Hollyoaks Ricky announced he was relocating to Hollywood. I laughed because I just did not see it happening for him. But you could have knocked me down with a feather when he actually went on to win a role in the VH1 drama ‘Single Ladies’ and now stars in ‘The 100’.
If Ricky had stayed in England I doubt he would be in the position that he is in now. He would be another black unemployed actor waiting for the phone to ring.
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