LOVE Island is returning for a second series of the winter edition of the show.
ITV have revealed the stars who will be in this year’s line-up in only the second ever winter edition of the show.
Who is in the Love Island 2023 cast?
From an Islander who was left nearly blind after a terrible accident to a former James Bond actress, there are going to be no end of stories in the villa this year.
There’s also a mix of influencers and the social media famous – including Will Young (no, not that one) – to people who have only just been thrust into the spotlight.
Here, we reveal the girls and boys who will be causing all the drama on Love Island this series.
We don’t have long to wait to see them either, with the stars-in-the-making jetting over to South Africa ahead of Monday’s launch.
Olivia Hawkins, 27
Ring girl and actress from Brighton
Former Bond actress Olivia is no stranger to fame – or something quite close to it. She once stood in for Michelle Keegan during her Very fashion campaign.
She’s also starred in music videos with Craig David and Tom Zanetti and has danced at Wembley with Charli XCX.
Olivia is clearly not shy about it, saying: “I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice ten-minute convo about life.
“I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.”
Lana Jenkins, 25
Make-up artist from Luton
Stunning Lana reckons we could have one of the fastest ‘I love yous’ in Love Island history.
She explained: “I fall in love quickly. I tend to know quite soon if I could fall in love with that person and then, as long as everything is going well, I’ll probably tell them I love them in about a week.”
The make-up artist has also appeared on TV before, saying: “In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.
“Also, when I was six-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.” Superstar!
Tanya Manhenga, 22
Student and influencer from Liverpool
Biomedical science student Tanya is an influencer but insists she’s not seeking exposure – she’s looking for love.
She said: “I’m looking for a boyfriend and I think being in a villa with lots of different people will help me work out who it is I may want.”
She added there is one way fellas can instantly give her the dreaded ‘ick’ – saying: “Guys that don’t wear socks in the house.
“Also, guys in the bathtub with no bubbles, such an ick – no.” Sockless in the bath is presumably disaster territory.
Anna-May Robey, 20
Payroll administrator from Swansea
Welsh brunette beauty Anna-May is on Love Island – on the orders of her mum!
She said: “I want a boyfriend, I want to find someone who makes me laugh. I’ve been single for quite a while, my mother is bugging me, she’s like, ‘You need to find a boyfriend.’
“I’m just excited to try something new and I think going on Love Island is a good way to meet someone.”
However, she’ll be hoping her dates go better than some she’s had, explaining: “As I was speaking to him he fell asleep! I had to clink his wine glass to wake him up.”
Tanyel Revan, 26
Hair stylist from North London
She doesn’t like pretty boys and calls herself “hard to get” – meaning Tanyel is likely to be Love Island gold.
She said: “I’m hard to get, confident, funny, charismatic, good looking and happy. I’m also a very loyal person, what is there not to love?”
Asked for her ideal man, she replied: “Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.
“Channing is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance. If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.”
Kai Fagan, 24
Science and PE teacher from Manchester
Kai insists he’s been holding back from a relationship until the villa, saying: “I’m single by choice. I’m looking for the right girl.
“I feel like I have quite high expectations. I don’t feel I should commit to someone unless I’m absolutely buzzing over them, because it’s not fair on them.”
He added: “I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica. I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.
“I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.” OK, smarty trunks.
Ron Hall, 25
Financial advisor from Essex
As The Sun revealed at the weekend, Love Island has its first ever partially sighted star.
Ron explained: “On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye. It was the result of a football injury when I was eight.
“I went in for a header and got kicked in the face. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.
“It’s added to my character, there are so many people that are worse off than me. And if anything, losing something like that makes you realise that.”
He added: “It’s not hindered me in any shape or form. It’s a good conversation starter I must admit.”
Will Young, 23
Farmer from Buckinghamshire
No, it’s not that Will Young – the Pop Idol one – but this Love Islander is a bit of a star in his own right on TikTok.
He has more than a million followers to his farm-based antics where he’s seen mucking in – often shirtless.
He said: “Having grown up on a farm, it’s been quite difficult juggling relationships and work.
“Love Island will give me time away from the farm to solely go out and find love. I think I’m at the time of my life where I’m mature enough to go and find a wife.”
Shaq Muhammad, 24
Airport security officer from London
We’ll have to wait and see if he pats anyone down, but airport guard Shaq is dubbed the “talk of the terminal”.
And he’s not just looking for a summer romance – he’s looking for love.
He said: “I haven’t had the best luck with previous relationships. So I thought, why not be in the sun and potentially meet the love of my life?
“Hopefully I do come out with my future wife. The person I hope to marry one day. Hopefully she’s in the villa.”
Haris Namani, 21
TV salesman from Doncaster
Haris is the final name being revealed as a villa orginal today.
He said: “I’m different, I’m a unique guy, the way I act; confident, not awkward, especially with the girls.
“I’m friendly, I’m very respectful as well. Anyone who meets me, I don’t think they have anything bad to say about me.
“I don’t give them that bad impression to say, ‘Oh, I don’t want to speak to him again.’” We’ll see!
Ellie Spence, 25
Law firm administrator from Norwich
25-year-old Ellie is swapping the office for the South African sun.
The Law firm administrator from Norwich is set to be one of the first bombshells to enter the villa.
Talking about why she’s going on the programme, Ellie said: “I’ve been single for three years and the roster is pretty dry, it’s been dry for the last year, I don’t know what happened, it’s just not been a great time for me so I’m ready to find my husband.”
Tom Clare, 23
Footballer from Barnsley
Footballer Tom is hanging up his boots in order to find love this winter.
He will be entering the show as a bombshell and is sure to shake things up.
Tom is the striker and top scorer for non-league side Macclesfield FC, whose director of football is ex Wales international and Strictly Come Dancing star Robbie Savage.
Talking about his friendship with Robbie, Tom said: “Robbie Savage is the director of my football team. I just have such a good relationship with him. I see him as a mate.”
Love Island returns to screens on Monday 16 January on ITV2
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