Former Hollyoaks actor Ricky Whittle has decided to take his talents (and that wash board six pack) to Atlanta, where he has landed a recurring role on the new season of VH1’s hit series Single Ladies.

The 30-year-old will be playing the character of Charles, a professional journalist, amateur musician and world traveller, who will appear in the last seven episodes as a potential love interest for new girl Raquel, played by Denise Vasi. So we will definitely be expecting a number of steamy scenes involving Ricky with no shirt on.

Lucky guy: Ricky and Denise Vasi on set

Produced by Queen Latifah, Single Ladies follows three friends (Keisha, April and Raquel) living in Atlanta and their relationships and encounters with the opposite sex. Think Sex and the City meets Love and Hip Hop, plus plenty of eye candy.

With cameo appearances from stars such as Big Boi, LaLa and Eve, this is a far cry from the set of Hollyoaks. We can’t wait to see Ricky work his English charm on the cast members, but we hope he doesn’t stay in Atlanta for too long. Those Yanks have already taken Idris Elba from us. They cant have all of our men.