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Ricky Whittle couldn't watch Game of Thrones after Nathalie Emmanuel's nude scene

The star of new show American Gods is grateful for the education he got on British soap Hollyoaks.

Ricky Whittle can't watch Game of Thrones any more after Nathalie Emmanuel, who played his little sister in a British soap, got naked on the show.

The British actor is the star of highly anticipated new Amazon Prime Video series American Gods which had its European premiere in London on Thursday (06Apr17). Before he made the move to Hollywood, Ricky, who has starred in U.S. shows The 100 and Mistresses, was famous for his role on British soap Hollyoaks, playing character Calvin Valentine for five years in the Channel 4 series. Nathalie, who stars in Game of Thrones as Missandei, an adviser to Emilia Clarke’s Queen Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s hit fantasy show, played his younger sister Sasha - until both left the drama in 2010.

Speaking at the launch for the show in London, Ricky revealed he no longer follows Nathalie's progress on the show, despite remaining close to her.

"I see Nathalie all the time," the 35-year-old told WENN when asked if he kept in touch with his former onscreen sibling. But he admitted he's not keen on the cult show she stars in for several reasons. "It's not my thing. I watched three seasons and you have to wait until the finale for something to happen.

"Then Nathalie got naked and I couldn't watch it anymore. It's not blood but she's like my little sister," he added referrring to the scene in series four when Nathalie stripped off for a scene in which army commander Grey Worm sees her bathing in a pool.

Now both former Hollyoaks stars are enjoying huge success in the U.S., with Ricky selected for the lead role as Shadow Moon in the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel, after an audition process that lasted a gruelling five months.

Ricky stars alongside Ian McShane's Wednesday as an ex-con who takes up a job offer from a man who appears to be a con artist and needs Shadow as a bodyguard. But McShane is in fact the god Odin and Wednesday is making his way across America, gathering all the old gods to confront the New Gods, including Media and Technology, as they grow stronger.

The 100 star credited his success across the pond to the support of his mum and his role in Hollyoaks which he said gave him an "incredible" education.

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