Adam Rickitt

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Adam Rickitt
Cardiff Mardi Gras 2010 MMB 30 Adam Rickitt.jpg
Rickitt performing on the main stage at the Cardiff Mardi Gras, 2010.
Born Adam Peter Rickitt
(1978-05-29) 29 May 1978 (age 36)
Crewe, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, model, singer, charity fundraiser
Years active 1990–present
Television Coronation Street (1997-99, 2002-04)
Shortland Street (2007-2010)

Adam Peter Rickitt (born 29 May 1978) is an British actor, singer and model and charity fundraiser. He is most well known for playing Nick Tilsley in the soap opera Coronation Street from 1997–1999 and again from 2002–2004. He is now part of the pop supergroup 5th Story, set up for The Big Reunion.

Early life[edit]

Rickitt was born in Crewe, the youngest of four brothers. His father is co-owner of an estate agency. Rickitt was educated at Sedbergh School, a boarding school in Cumbria.[1]

Rickitt has spoken publicly about suffering from bulimia in his teenage years and about how male sufferers have largely been neglected.[2]

Career[edit]

Modelling[edit]

Prior to his acting career, Rickitt had briefly been a child model. He subsequently modelled for numerous UK magazines such as Attitude and Cosmopolitan.

Television[edit]

Rickitt is most famous for his role on popular ITV soap opera Coronation Street, where he took over the role of Nick Tilsley in 1997. His girlfriend sent his pictures to various showbusiness agents, one of whom was Nigel Martin-Smith. At first Martin-Smith had the idea of putting him in a boy band he was forming, but when he found out that Coronation Street were re-casting the part of Nick, Rickitt auditioned for the part and got the job. The part had previously been played by actor Warren Jackson until 1996 when the character moved to Canada.

Rickitt 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 when 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).

In March 2006, Rickitt took part in the Channel 4 reality show The Games. He took part as a replacement, after the scheduled contestant, electronic musician Goldie, had to pull out, following an accident during training for the water ski jump, in which he fractured his femur. Rickitt himself sustained two black eyes after over-rotating off the diving board.[3] He finished last in the contest.

Rickitt joined the cast of the Shortland Street in early 2007 as the mysterious Kieran Mitchell with his first appearance being on 16 March 2007. The character was written out of the series in 2010, with Rickitt's final episode airing on 2 August 2010. He had said that he preferred his role on Shortland Street to working on Coronation Street.[4]

Music career[edit]

Rickitt left Coronation Street in 1999 to start a music career. He signed a six-album deal with Polydor, although he only released one album - Good Times - in 1999. Rickitt's first single, "I Breathe Again", reached number five in the UK and was certified Silver by the BPI,[5] but follow up singles "Everything My Heart Desires" (also recorded by Mandy Moore), and "Best Thing" were less successful, reaching no.15 and no.25 respectively. The album was also a commercial failure, peaking at no.41 and dropping out of the chart after only one week.[6] Rickitt was then dropped by his record label, and he abandoned his career in pop music. In 1999, at a performance at The Prince's Trust Party in the Park, a member of the audience sprayed gas onto the stage when Rickitt was performing. Rickitt fainted after inhaling the substance and was taken to hospital.[7]

In 2010, Rickitt made an appearance at London's G-A-Y club and announced that he was working on a new album. The first single from it, "Tonight", failed to chart[8] and the album was ultimately never released. In 2014, he became part of the supergroup 5th Story, who are taking part in the second series of The Big Reunion.

Stage work[edit]

Rickitt starred as Mark Cohen in the national UK tour of the musical Rent,[when?] before moving to London's West End. 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 appeared in Nick Moran's play Telstar on UK Tour.[when?][citation needed] In December 2006, Rickitt appeared in his first pantomime, Cinderella, in the role of Prince Charming at the Norwich Theatre Royal.[9]

Political aspirations[edit]

In October 2005, Rickitt was approved as a prospective parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party.[10] As part of this attempt to reinvent himself, in February 2006 he appeared on the political debate show Question Time,[11] as the non-partisan guest.[12] In May 2006, he was one of 100 would-be MPs chosen for the Conservative party A-list.[13] The following month, he appeared on Sunday AM with Andrew Marr.[14] He attended national and local Conservative party functions in the hope of being selected as a candidate,[15][16] as well as developing a political blog on his website.[citation needed] However, a newspaper article alleged[17] that he was not a member of the Conservative Party and had only decided to support them because of his dislike of then Prime Minister Tony Blair.[18] Rickitt refuted these claims and confirmed that he was a member,[18] while the newspaper retracted its claims the following week.[19] Along with David Cameron, he also provoked the anger of Sir Nicholas Winterton when it was revealed that Rickitt was being tipped to stand for the safe Conservative seat of Macclesfield, which the outraged Winterton had represented for nearly thirty years. Winterton responded that he had no intention of standing down from this seat: "I wish Adam luck, but there are no vacancies here."[7][20][21]

Rickitt has been unsuccessful in progressing his political career.[22] According to his website, in July 2007 he decided to continue his acting career in New Zealand, rather than seek selection as a candidate, although politics remains a long-term goal.[23]

He returned to the political scene in October 2010 as a guest reporter for the ITV breakfast television programme Daybreak covering the Conservative Party Conference from Birmingham,[24] and also hosted a conference gay party.[25]

Charity work[edit]

Rickitt works for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as a capital appeals manager.[26]

He left in 2013 to begin working with the cancer charity Help Harry Help Others, and Chief Executive of the mental health foundation, the Caerus Partnership.[citation needed]

Shoplifting incident[edit]

On 21 September 2007, Rickitt was arrested and charged with shoplifting a block of cheese, a bottle of HP sauce and a jar of coffee from an Auckland supermarket. During an interview with Herald on Sunday he claimed that it was an honest mistake[27] though later claimed that he was drunk at the time of the incident.[28]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2010 Whatever Happened to Pete Blaggit? Clive Released on DVD in 2012

TV[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1997–99, 2002, 2003–04 Coronation Street Nick Tilsley Series regular - 140+ Episodes
2001 Doctors James Neville 1 episode: Sun God
2005 Judge John Deed Roy Storidge 1 episode: Popular Appeal
2007–10 Shortland Street Kieran Mitchell Series regular - 400 Episodes
2014 The Big Reunion Himself

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Information UK
1999 Good Times
  • Debut studio album
  • Released: 18 October 1999
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
41

Singles[edit]

Year Single UK Album
1999 "I Breathe Again" 5 Good Times
"Everything My Heart Desires" 15
2000 "The Best Thing" 25
2010 "Tonight" N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Independent (Adam Rickitt - True Blue Hunk)
  2. ^ "Health | Male eating disorders 'go untreated'". BBC News. 17 August 1999. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Fatter, older, slower ... Melbourne a distant second to Games for a laugh Times Online, 25 March 2006
  4. ^ NZ Herald[dead link]
  5. ^ "Certified Awards". BPI. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  6. ^ Roach, Martin. The Virgin Book of British Hit Albums (ISBN 978-0753517000) Virgin Books (2009)
  7. ^ a b Hoggard, Liz (14 May 2006). "Adam Rickitt: True blue hunk - Profiles - People". London: The Independent. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Sarah Bull (23 August 2010). "Adam Rickitt returns to G-A-Y 10 years after I Breathe Again made him gay icon". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Norfolk - Entertainment - Interview: Adam Rickitt". BBC. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  10. ^ The Scotsman[dead link]
  11. ^ "Programmes | Question Time | This week's panel". BBC News. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Christine Bleakley’s M&M story leaves bad taste with ex-Coronation Street star Adam Rickitt - News, Film & TV". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  13. ^ Tory A-lister urges well-off to avoid burdening NHS Times Online, 21 May 2006
  14. ^ "Programmes | The Andrew Marr Show | Guests on The Andrew Marr Show". BBC News. 4 November 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  15. ^ Lea, Michael (18 October 2005). "Corrie Adam Tory MP plan | The Sun |News". London: The Sun. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Former Street star denied election chance | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. 8 June 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  17. ^ The Observer, 6 August 2006
  18. ^ a b "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: David Cameron on the A-list". Conservativehome.blogs.com. 6 August 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "For the record | Comment | The Observer". London: Observer.guardian.co.uk. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  20. ^ Kite, Melissa (8 October 2006). "Tory grey list thwarts the A-list". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  21. ^ "Oliver Marre: Pendennis". The Observer (London). 12 February 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  22. ^ "Oliver Marre: Pendennis". The Observer. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  23. ^ Adam Rickitt Journal[dead link] July 2007
  24. ^ "Adam Rickitt’s new Day job". London: The Sun. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  25. ^ Geen, Jessica. "Soap star Adam Rickitt to host Conservative gay party". PinkNews.co.uk. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  26. ^ "How Adam Rickett Went From Corrie Heart-throb To Animal Helper - UK & World News - News". Mirror.co.uk. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  27. ^ "Shortland Street star questioned by police over shoplifting - Television - NZ Herald News". Nzherald.co.nz. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  28. ^ Botting, Caroline (23 July 2010). "Adam Rickitt's sensational tell-all: my life exposed - New Idea Magazine - Yahoo! New Zealand Lifestyle". Nz.lifestyle.yahoo.com. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 

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