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Ricky Whittle keen to keep dancing

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Ricky Whittle as Calvin Valentine

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Ricky Whittle has revealed that he is eager to continue using the skills he learned on Strictly Come Dancing.

The former Hollyoaks actor finished in second place on the BBC ballroom show last December.

In an interview with PA, the 28-year-old commented: "I'm going to continue the dancing because it really was an inspiration, it changed my life.

"It's fantastic fitness and a great feeling to know if a song comes on I can grab someone and lead them through a dance, or pick a woman and foxtrot with her and do something quite beautiful. I really have a new-found respect for dancers. It's a gift to have, I was honoured to be on that show."

Asked whether he has kept in touch with Strictly partner Natalie Lowe, he replied: "She's been very busy, so I've not. I kept in touch while she was on tour, but she shot off to Oz to be with her family so I've not seen her for a long time now."

Whittle is currently hunting for new projects after bowing out of his soap role.

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