Ricky met young love Anita on the internet when he lied about his age. Anita was disappointed to discover that Ricky was in fact 14 years old, but was charmed by his boyish good looks and cheeky sense of humour.
We soon found out that Ricky wasn't as happy-go-lucky as he seemed. Full time carer for his Dad, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, Ricky struggled to balance this with his school work and burgeoning social life. Luckily, Kris learned of his predicament and helped him find a way to manage his responsibilities.
When Duncan came to the village, the pair struck up a bromance straight away (although there was definitely a bit of rivalry there too). The lads tried to use their boy-band status (Guy Candy), to bag some groupie action. Things got a bit awkward when Ricky started seeing Duncan's sister Ruby - but they got even more awkward when they broke up. A vengeful Ruby planted drugs in Ricky's locker at school and almost got him expelled!
Despite their ups and downs, Ricky and Duncan were bezzies to the end (Ricky even accompanied Duncan to Fit Camp in Hollyoaks Later 2011!) and Ricky was bereft when his pal left Hollyoaks to go and live in Spain.
Always a sunny presence in the Village, he has been in search of a new bromance ever since. Aww, we'll be your bro, Ricky!
Hollyoaks is Ashley's first major TV role, but he has been acting since he was eight years old, appearing in various theatre productions including the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast where he played Chip the teacup.