Love Island 2021 is back on our screens, with a new cast of islanders heading to the villa in the hope of finding love and winning £50,000.
The ITV2 dating show returned on Monday (28 June) after a year off due to the pandemic.
In a post shared on social media on Sunday (20 June) ahead of the cast announcement, ITV encouraged fans to show compassion to the new line-up of islanders.
“These islanders are all single and ready to find love,” they wrote. “We can’t wait to watch them get to know each other, date, and maybe even find the one.
“We’re so grateful they’re letting us follow their journey this summer. We hope you enjoy the show, but please think before you post.”
Meet the islanders below...
Sharon Gaffka – Civil servant
Coming from Oxford, 25-year-old Sharon is a former Miss International United Kingdom, winning the pageant in 2018. She studied law at university (describing herself as a “future lawyer” on social media) and works for the Department of Transport. She is also an ambassador for the Young Women’s Trust, a feminist organisation.
Aaron Francis – Model and luxury events host
Aaron, 24, is a model and luxury events host from London who’s worked at high-profile parties such as Princess Eugenie and Beatrice’s weddings. Unlike most islanders, he has minimal social media presence, and says he’s looking for someone passionate about what they do.
Liberty Poole – Waitress and marketing student
21-year-old Liberty is an undergraduate student studying marketing. The Birmingham native currently works at Nando’s and says that she’s looking for a “cheeky chappy” who won’t just use her for discounted chicken.
Hugo Hammond – PE teacher
Hailing from Hampshire, Hugo Hammond (now that’s a tongue-twister) works as a secondary school PE teacher. The 24-year-old has also played for cricket for England’s physical disability team, having been born with clubfoot.
Shannon Singh – Model
Scottish model Shannon is a self-described “party girl” looking to find love in the villa. The 22-year-old from Fife originally worked as a glamour model, but now works more commercially while influencing and DJing on the side.
Jake Cornish – Water engineer
Working as a water engineer, Weston-Super-Mare local Jake is looking for love having just come out of a seven-year relationship when lockdown began. He describes Towie’s Billie Faiers as his dream woman and says he’s usually attracted to blondes.
Kaz Kamwi – Blogger
Making a name for herself as a fashion blogger on YouTube and TikTok, Kaz describes herself as “fun”, “spontaneous” and “light-hearted”. She’s also got some dating horror stories to tell, having once gone out with a “mystery restaurant diner” who made her pay for her meal while he ate his for free and wrote a review.
Brad McClelland – Labourer
Northumberland Brad is not your normal islander – he’s never been on a date and lives with his nan. The 26-year-old also has a pretty lax attitude to work, admitting that he tries to “make as much money as I can by doing as little as possible”.
Chloe Burrows – Financial services marketing executive
Looking to escape a dating past full of “situationships”, Chloe, 26, says she’s heading to the villa in search of fun. She describes herself as “outgoing” and a “big character”, so quieter islanders are unlikely to catch her eye.
Toby Aromolaran – Semi-pro footballer
Toby is a 22-year-old footballer from Essex who has been single for his whole life – in his words, “if Love Island can’t find me a relationship then no one can”. He currently plays for a “social media-focused” team called Hashtag United and describes himself as “optimistic” yet “responsible”.
Faye Winter – Lettings manager
Working in sales for a lettings agency, 26-year-old Faye from Devon says she tries to make her day-to-day work “as Selling Sunset as possible”. While Love Island contestants traditionally have quit their jobs to appear on the show, she’s only taken a sabbatical and intends to return to the office post-villa, dreaming of one day owning her own estate agency (or charity shop).
Liam Reardon – Bricklayer
One of the first male bombshells to enter the villa, Liam is a bricklayer from Wales. The 21-year-old says he’s been single for a while but isn’t going to go “too far” out of his way to compete with the other boys in the villa. Of the other islanders, he says he’s interested in Kaz and Chloe.
Chuggs Wallis – Business owner
There are certain Love Island moments that will go down in TV history – the words “I’m Chuggs, I’m 23 and I run a bucket hat business in Surrey. The person I care most about is me” are definitely among them. Chuggs says he’s looking for a girl who can also be his “best mate” and that after losing a year of his youth to the pandemic, he’s “gagging” to make the most of his time in the villa.
Millie Court – Fashion buyer’s administrator
One of two girls to join the villa this week, blonde bombshell Millie is 24 years old and hails from Essex. She’s been single for a year and is looking to find “the one”, explaining: “I’m always up for doing something new and challenging myself. I’ve never done anything like this before. I just want to throw myself into it and have fun with it.”
Lucinda Strafford – Online fashion boutique owner
Another fashionista, 21-year-old Lucinda comes from Brighton and says she has her eyes on Brad and Liam in the villa. Luckily, she thinks she’ll get on with the girls too, and reckons she’ll be closest to Kaz and Liberty.
Teddy Soares – Senior financial consultant
Heading into the villa on Friday (9 July) night, newcomer Teddy is a senior financial consultant from Manchester. The 26-year-old says he doesn’t mind stepping on any toes when it comes to getting to know the girls, but also hopes to make some bromances on the show, being known as the one his mates “lean on” at home.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.
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