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Strictly star Whittle faces driving charge

Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe
Ricky Whittle faced BBC sports presenter Chris Hollins in the final

Strictly Come Dancing runner-up Ricky Whittle has been charged with dangerous driving after an incident involving a photographer in Liverpool.

The 29-year-old Hollyoaks actor was questioned by detectives on Merseyside and will appear in court on 15 January.

The actor was reportedly in a car when a collision occurred and a photographer suffered minor injuries.

The Oldham-born star plays Calvin Valentine in Hollyoaks, which is filmed in Liverpool.

He was arrested at the end of last month and reportedly lost a day's training in dealing with the incident.

It is believed he had been to a party at Parr Street Studios, where Hollyoaks is filmed, with colleagues from the Channel Four drama.

In Strictly Come Dancing the actor, from Billinge, was partnered with Australian dancer Natalie Lowe.



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