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Adam Rickitt spent the 90s stripping off to reveal his sensational six pack.

Famous for his blonde curtain-haired locks, teenage Adam took over the role of Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street in 1997.

After two years on the soap he left for pastures new, making a very drastic career change to shake off the cobbles.

The soap star became pop sensation when he signed a six-album deal with Polydor records in 1999, with first single 'I Breathe Again' reaching No. 5 in the UK charts.

But it was the video for his track which turned heads, as Adam appeared completely naked in a glass box.

After initial success with the single his album, Good Times, disappointingly peaked at No. 41 in the charts and he was dropped by the record label.

Adam Rickitt played Nick Tisley on Corrie
(Image: Granada Television)

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But Adam did not step out of the limelight.

Following theatre work a brief return to the cobbles in 2002, he was back on Corrie full-time in 2003 for some explosive storylines.

In his most famous scene, Adam was part of Corrie's first ever kiss between two male characters, with Nick and Todd's kiss being watched by a staggering 14 million viewers.

Adam was "disappointed" that the kiss would still be front-page news in the 21st century.

He left the soap for good in 2004, later admitting he was "completely miserable" at the time but had not spoken out as he wanted to please others.

Adam Rickitt had a sensational six pack

At another crossroads in his life, Adam took another bold career move and stepped into the world of politics.

The soap actor was approved as a prospective parliamentary candidate for the Conservatives in October 2005 – and in 2006 was put on the Tory A-list of 100 would-be MPs by David Cameron.

Adam stayed on TV but in a very different choice of programmes, appearing on Question Time and Sunday AM with Andrew Marr.

In a the hope of being selected as a Tory MP candidate, he attended national and local Conservative party functions.

When it was reported he was being tipped to stand in the Tory safe seat of Macclesfield, outraged MP Sir Nicholas Winterton said: "I wish Adam luck, but there are no vacancies here."

His aspirations of being an MP came to nothing, but he did work as Daybreak's guest reporter at the Conservative Party Conference in 2010.

Adam with Jane Danson on set on Corrie in 1998
(Image: Granada Television)

Unable to progress his career in politics, Adam decided to head out to New Zealand to continue acting and starred in 400 episodes of medical soap opera Shortland Street from 2007 to 2010.

He returned to the UK for the second series of ITV's The Big Reunion in 2014 in a bid to get back into the music scene.

Adam formed a supergroup named 5th Story alongside Gareth Gates, Kavana, Dane Bowers from Another Level and Kenzie from Blazin' Squad.

They recorded one of each member's classic songs, including 'I Breathe Again', then went on a UK arena tour in October 2014.

Adam Rickitt and wife Katy
(Image: Birmingham Post and Mail)

It was a very exciting year for Adam, who married the love of his life that same year, Good Morning Britain presenter Katy Fawcett.

"Meeting Katy made me realise I’ve never been truly happy before," he told the Daily Mirror.

"Before her, I was only ever wasting time trying to make others happy".

The pair met when Katy interviewed Adam – and immediately after he rang up his mum to say she was going to be the person he married.

During a Loose Women interview, he added: "I genuinely believe you're born with half a soul, and the only way you become truly happy is by finding that other half. She's the other half of my soul."

Katy and Adam are soulmates
(Image: Facebook)

Adam has been very open about his 17-year battle with depression and has bravely discussed having suicidal thoughts.

He began to experience anxiety and depression when he was just 13, and later suffered from an eating disorder as well in his teens.

"My issues premeditated that and also went on a lot beyond that," he told the Loose Women panel in June this year.

"I basically suffered from anxiety and depression from the ages of 13 to 30. So for 17 years of my life I was essentially suicidal.

"It comes in peaks and waves like it does for so many people, but still to this day the best portion of my adult life was spent suicidal."

Adam explained he was "praying to die" and "would have been happy to die" but did not because he knew his parents would blame themselves.

Adam joined the cast of Hollyoaks in 2017
(Image: ITV)

The moment Adam knew he was at peace in his mind was on his 30th birthday while he was living in New Zealand.

Adam burst into tears during a phone call with his mum as he realised he no longer needed to distract himself.

The actor, who was part of the Channel 4 soap from 2017 until 2020, was able to draw on his own experience during his heartbreaking Hollyoaks exit storyline.

It was announced that Adam was leaving in advance of his final scenes airing in June due to the very sensitive nature of the storyline.

Adam admitted he had a "sense of personal fear" as Kyle's struggle with depression drew parallels with his own life.

Hollyoaks fans were devastated as Kyle took his own life in heartbreaking scenes

"Like all too many, I had to walk a similar path in my lifetime and the idea of revisiting that, even in the world of fiction, was slightly daunting.

"In truth, though, it became an incredibly empowering experience. The sensitivity and heart that the writers put into the story really shone through, and at a time like now, more than ever, I think we need to be highlighting just this sort of issue."

Kyle's death was not shown on screen, but viewers were left in tears as they soon realised what had happened, then saw the devastating aftermath as his friends and family struggled to come to terms with their loss.

Away from the screen, Adam was dealt the heartbreaking blow that he is unable to have children as an autoimmune disorder left him infertile.

He suffers from a chronic spine condition, known as Ankylosing Spondylitis or AS, which can cause bones to fuse and the spine and other areas of the body to become inflamed.

Adam is forced to adhere to a strict diet and exercise everyday so that he is able to walk.

Adam has been supported by loving wife Katy
(Image: adamrickitt/instagram)

In June this year, Adam bravely explained that doctors told him that his sperm count – which was expected to be around three million – was just two.

"We're all brainwashed with the idea you have to have kids," Adam said in an interview with OK! magazine.

The actor said that he and Katy are so in love that when they found out the news "it wasn't scary at all"

Adam was relieved by Katy's incredibly supportive response to the news, which he says made him believe in soulmates.

"It just felt natural that it was meant to be just the two of us and our dogs," said Adam.

Recalling her response, Katy added: "I didn't really bat an eyelid. I was like, "Oh, that's a shame, but we've got each other.

"I know having kids is very important for a lot of people, so it's almost a good thing it happened to us."

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