Love Island 2018: Who are the contestants? Meet the boys and girls

This year’s islanders looking for love include Danny Dyer’s daughter, an A&E doctor and a West End performer.

Love Island 2018’s contestants have been revealed and its looks like we’re in for a sizzling summer on ITV2 with the first batch of boys and girls.

11 singletons headed into the Love Island villa, where presenter Caroline Flack is presiding over the matching-making in the definitive TV show for dating, romance and occasionally love.

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As usual, the path to true love will be littered with bombshell arrivals, unexpected twists, eliminations and dumpings. The first twist comes with two new bombshells - new arrivals Georgia and Rosie, before Zara and Ellie arrived to stir things up further. Since then another 12 contestants have joined across the two villas.

Lasting for eight weeks, Love Island 2018 will bring sunshine to viewers all summer and will conclude with the winning couple taking home a lucrative £50,000 cash prize.

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Here are all the Love Island 2018 contestants - Full cast:

Fourth Bombshells

Savanna Darnell - From Sheffield

Age - 22. Occupation - Singer/Dancer

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I feel like I’m not afraid to be myself. I’m a very out-there person. My friends would say I’m not conventional. I can be quite silly. I get on with people very easily. I’m confident; I didn’t use to be, I was very shy. I don’t know where it came from but I became confident over time. I was on tour for a while meeting lots of people so maybe that helped.

What would you say you’re looking for in a man?

I think I’m looking for a guy that I can be myself around. I want someone I can have a silly time with. I love the thought of having an amazing experience with a guy who comes on the journey with me.

Prior to Love Island, what was your biggest claim to fame?

When I was a baby, I was on the packaging of a nappy brand. My face was everywhere! Also, my dad is Kid Creole!

Grace Wardle – From London

Age – 25. Occupation – Hairdresser

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I would say I’m a very positive person, very happy go lucky and I get along with everyone. I’ve been in hairdressing since I was 14, so I’m used to chatting to all sorts of different people. I can build relationships really quickly. I put my all into any situation. I’m really ready to meet someone and have fun.

What would you say you're looking for in a man?

I don’t think I can say. I can’t put my finger on it and usually can’t until I have met and been around someone. I’m 25 and it would be nice to meet someone that wanted something long term. Until we gel though, I can’t really say what I want. I’m quite open minded.

Prior to Love Island, what was your biggest claim to fame?

I washed Joanna Lumley’s hair once! She came into my salon. That was so fun. A bit of Ab Fab.

Charlie Williams – From Bath

Age – 24. Occupation – Tanning Shop Assistant

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I think my personality makes me stand out. For me, I’ve got good banter and I always see the funny side in people. That’s something I value in myself. I’ve got a strong personality and I’m kind, and I think I’m a genuine girl looking to find someone who is hopefully genuine too.

What would you say you're looking for in a man?

I like the idea that the show is about old-fashioned dating. Going back to basics, no phones, no Instagram, just making conversation. I do usually go for tall, dark and handsome but this time round I’m going to look more at people’s personalities. Looks can fade but personality lasts and I want something long term. In a nutshell I want someone nice, hard working and someone who wants to be in a genuine relationship. This will be the maddest experience I’ve ever had to find love, but I’ve tried everything else! I really like Alex – I like him more the more that I watch the show. His values are so strong. I think we’d have a lot in common. The new guy Sam also seems really funny; I think I would get on with him.

Tell us about your relationship history – have you had many exes and what do yout hink they would say about you?

I haven’t had many exes – I went travelling for two years and before that I was in a long-term relationship. I’m 24 now and I hardly have any time to meet people because I’m usually always working. I’m doing this for me, as I want to settle down.

Kazimir Crossley – From London

Age – 23. Occupation – Make-up Artist

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I bring the positive vibes. I get along with everyone so want to bring everyone together. I’m not as serious, I don’t take myself too seriously. I’m there to have a lot of fun!

What would you say you’re looking for in a man?

I’m not really into looks, the personality needs to stand out for me more. I love funny people, when people are comedians, I love that because I have a good sense of humour. Also I want to find an honest guy because I’ve come across so many liars. I like to be looked after. In the villa, I fancy Josh. 

Prior to Love Island, what was your biggest claim to fame?

I have done the make-up for some famous people – I worked on Stormzy’s music videos and I helped with the make-up for Chris and Kem’s video. I did Kem’s make-up. I was asking him all about Love Island but it was a long time ago and I never would have dreamed back then that I would now be going on the show.

Ellie Jones – From Kent

Age – 22. Occupation – Customer Service and Office Administrator

Tell us about your relationship history –have you had many exes and what do you think they would say about you?

I was seeing Jack Fincham on and off. We met in August 2016 and dated on and off for a while. We have always spoken because we got on so well. I actually spoke to him as a friend about two days before he went into the villa and had no idea he was going on the show! We weren’t in an official relationship but we spoke about it, would go on dates and kept trying to make it work but it wouldn’t. I met his brother and mates. I don’t know how he’ll feel when he sees me walk in. I don’t know if he’ll be angry or shocked but we do get on so hopefully it won’t be an issue. When I look at him, I do still think there is something there but I would never go back there.

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I am the typical girl next door, I have a normal job, I’m quite a normal girl so I think people will relate to me.

What would you say you’re looking for in a man?

All my exes look different so I don’t really have a specific type. I normally go for arrogant boys that love themselves and it clearly hasn’t got me anywhere but I need a boy who makes me laugh. In the villa, I fancy Josh. And I really fancy Alex because he’s so different to my normal type, I think I’m in love with him already and I’ve not even met him yet! He makes my heart melt, he’ll be a good person to bring home to my parents.

Darylle Sargeant – From Watford

Age – 24. Occupation – Eyebrow Technician

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I’m an open book and I’m very honest. I can be quite loud, definitely very friendly and I feel like I can make friends wherever I go. I don’t like confrontation or conflict, I want to keep a happy vibe in the villa.

What would you say you’re looking for in a man?

I like tall, dark and handsome! I am really tattooed so I love heavily tattooed guys but I also like people who have good chat and banter, someone who isn’t too serious. In the villa, I’ve got my eye on Adam, he is beautiful. I like Jack too and Josh.

Prior to Love Island, what was your biggest claim to fame?

I went on some dates with Dean Ralph who is now on Towie. We stayed friends.

Jordan Adefeyisan – From Stockport

Age – 23. Occupation – Model

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I am good looking, I'm confident, I'm chatty and I'm a lad.

What would you say you’re looking for in a woman?

A nice girl, with good banter and who I can click with properly. In the villa, I fancy Ellie, Megan and Georgia is fit as well. I know they are coupled up but it's all a game isn't it...

What do you find to be your biggest turn off?

Attitude. A girl who is full of herself, I hate when someone thinks they are better than someone else.

Charlie Brake – From Chelsea

Age – 23. Occupation – Socialite

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I’m a completely different guy to anyone in there. I don’t really have to work so I tend to do what I want, when I want. You’ve got a lot of guys in the villa who spend a lot of time in the gym. I’m definitely not one of those guys, I keep fit but eat and drink what I want.

What would you say you’re looking for in a woman?

My type on paper is blonde, blue eyes, petite and curvy. I’ve got my eye on Ellie and Megan.

What would you say people would find least likeable about you?

I think a lot of people when they find out about my background, there might be a lot of jealousy there. My grandfather founded a food distribution company called Brakes which my family own and we sold it so everyone is well looked after. I visit my Dad in Monaco a lot and spend a lot of time in the French Alps.

Frankie Foster – From Cheltenham

Age – 22. Occupation – Business Management Student/Fitness Coach

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I’d say I’m a lot more chilled out than some of them and I don’t think I’m the stereotypical lad in skinny jeans and tight T shirts. The guys in there are of quite a similar mould.

What would you say you’re looking for in a woman?

It would be nice to find someone that I genuinely click with; obviously there are a lot of good looking people in there, but I’d like to end up finding someone I really like. I change my mind in terms of who I like every time I watch it –but at the moment it is probably Ellie and Zara. They both seem cool and chatty. They’re most similar to my usual type.

Prior to Love Island, what was your biggest claim to fame?

I played semi-professional rugby when I was a teenager. I’ve done some modelling as well.

Jack Fowler – From London

Age – 22. Occupation – Semi-Professional Footballer

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I wear my heart on my sleeve a lot. I’m quite open so I won’t be scared to approach a girl and tell her how I’m feeling.

What would you say you’re looking for in a woman?

I haven’t really got a type, it’s all about getting on a level with someone. I’d like a brunette girl who is curvy with a nice bum and a nice smile and nice eyes. But we also need a connection.

Prior to Love Island, what was your biggest claim to fame?

I was in Tom Zanetti’s music video.

Alex Miller – From Essex

Age – 28. Occupation – Structural Glazier

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I look better than everyone else in glasses!

What would you say you’re looking for in a woman?

Petite brunettes are my type. In the villa I like Dani. I like Ellie too, she’s cute.  Dani is very coupled up with Jack so we’ll have to see how coupled up they really are when I go in…

Tell us about your relationship history – have you had many exes and what do you think they would say about you?

I’ve only had one proper ex, she’s the only girl I’ve been in love with. She’d say I was arrogant but I think she should have nothing but nice things to say about me.

Dean Overson – From Burnley

Age – 25. Occupation – Car Sales Executive

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I’ve got a lovely big bright smile, I’m a confident young lad, I’m newly single and I just want to get out there and have some fun!

What would you say you’re looking for in a woman?

They’ve got to have a lovely smile, I like nice eyes and I want a girl to have a bit about them, someone you can speak to and who can hold a conversation. I like Megan and I’d go for Ellie. Zara is beautiful as well. I think all of the girls are lovely in their own way.

Tell us about your relationship history –have you had many exes and what do you think they would say about you?

I had a serious relationship when I was younger, then another two-year relationship more recently then it started to fizzle out. We split up and she is doing her thing and I am doing mine. I have no idea what she’ll say when she sees me on Love Island.

Brand New Boy

Sam Bird

Sam Bird

Age - 25. Occupation - Entrepreneur.

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I think I’ll inject energy into the villa. Everyone in there seems a bit more chilled, and I’m quite reckless. I make quick decisions. I don’t really think about what I say, I’m very impulsive. That will bode well with the girls I think. They’re waiting for someone with a bit of energy.

What would you say you’re looking for in a woman?

All the girls in there are beautiful. It’s still early days so they’re all fair game. I’d go for Georgia, Samira and then the two new ones – Zara and Ellie. I’m definitely looking for love. I’ve been single for a year and a half and I’m a bit of a serial dater. I’m quite a selfish person in terms of putting work first. I need more balance in my work and personal life. If I can meet someone in an environment like this it will be perfect as I can get to know them without any distractions.

What are your best attributes, both physically and mentally?

I’m easy to get along with; I’m quite hyperactive and loud. I like to be the centre of attention, I’m a showman.

What would you say people would find least likeable about you?

The fact that I want to be centre of attention and I’m quite selfish.

Third Bombshells

Zara McDermott

Love Island Zara

Age - 21. Occupation - Government Advisor

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I think my job is quite different. A lot of people are interested in what I do on a day-to-day basis. There are two sides to me – I can be quite serious but I’m also spontaneous, fun and energetic.

What would you say you’re looking for in a man?

I want to meet someone I can vibe and connect with. Someone who can keep me on my toes. I really like Adam, he’s very attractive. In terms of longevity though, Alex has a lot of potential. But I need to get know him more though – I don’t think we’ve seen how fun he can be. Maybe I can bring that out in him!

Ellie Brown - From Newcastle

Love Island Ellie

Age - 20. Occupation - Business Development Manager.

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I’m a Geordie – us Northeners have a lot of banter. It’s all been quite dramatic so far in the villa. I’ll stand out because I can bring some light hearted, fun, energy. I’m not a hard person to get on with. I could talk to a piece of paper if it would speak back. I’m a cheeky Geordie with loads of energy.

What would you say you’re looking for in a man?

I’m in love with Alex! I absolutely love him. I don’t have a type. My two ex boyfriends are so polar opposite, it’s unreal. One was muscly, tall. The other was not much taller than me and a bit older. I’m not looking for anything specific. If they make me happy, they’re for me, and if they don’t, they’re not for me.

Second Bombshells

Megan Barton Hanson - From Essex

Megan Barton Hanson
 

Age - 24. Occupation - Model.

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I think the first obvious thing is my look. The other girls are all very toned and I’m quite curvy. I’ve got big boobs and a big bum. I’m very real. I’m more chilled than the other girls. In that way I’m more like a guy, very laid back.

What would you say you’re looking for in a man?

Dark and tanned looks wise but I’m definitely more about personality. Some of my friends are like ‘what are you playing at?’ with the people I go for. I love it when you can chat endlessly with someone. I like Niall and Eyal. Niall is perfection – I have a thing for mouths and he has such a good mouth. Normally I go for older guys but both of them are so attractive. I’m quite spiritual and I like yoga and I think Eyal has more to him that I want to discover.

What are your best attributes, both physically and mentally?

I’m very honest. A lot of people our age play games or put across an impression of how they want to be seen, and then their true colours come out. My mum says sometimes I’m too honest. I’m also very loyal. My boobs often get complimented.

Prior to Love Island, what was your biggest claim to fame?

I was on the cover of 66 magazine – that’s the best thing I’ve achieved so far. I’ve been DM’d by the odd celeb. And I dated a footballer once – I’m not naming names though.

Charlie Frederick - From Plymouth - Eliminated

Charlie Frederick

Age - 23. Occupation - Model.

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I am honest, I’m upfront, I try not to lie so what you see is what you get and what you hear is what you get. That’s what I try and live by.

What are you looking for in the villa?

Definitely romance but also mates. I like to get on with everyone, make good connections so I’m looking for connections with people. Obviously romance with a girl but also a good pal.

What are your best attributes?

I am a born leader. I like to be centre of attention but not too much and also I like to bounce off people, have a bit of banter and have fun. I do go to the gym a lot and look after myself so hopefully people might like my body and my face, I am a model so I’m the package! I try my best.

Who have you got your eye on in the villa?

I’m going in there for Hayley because she is my type on paper and I feel like we’ll click. She hasn’t met her match yet. I can’t wait to get in there and see what rockets I can set off

Josh Denzel - From North London

Josh Denzel

Age - 26. Occupation - Social Media Host.

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I think that I’m funny, energetic, I have a good sense of humour and I’m fairly good looking, or so I’ve been told!

What are you looking for in the villa?

First of all love, but someone who I can get along with, who I look forward to seeing every single day. Someone who gets me and who I can have a bit of banter with as well. I miss being in love and I miss the affection.

What are your best attributes?

I think I am a well turned out individual, I’m in good shape, I dress well and people do say that I’ve got a fairly decent smile. I’m a bit of an entertainer and I like to make people laugh.

Who have you got your eye on in the villa?

I fancy Hayley and Georgia. And as someone fresh to the villa, I’m very excited to meet any other newbies.

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First Bombshells

Georgia Steel - From York

Georgia Steel

Age - 20. Occupation - Student.

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I’ve always liked entertaining people from a really young age.  As soon as I was walking I was putting on little shows in the living room.  I think what really makes me stand out is that I’m very big hearted, I give everything to everybody around me and I just want to pass on the love.  I don’t think there’s many people like that these days. 

What are your best attributes, both physically and personality wise?

Physically I’d say my bottom is my best asset.  I’d also say my lips because a lot of people think I’ve had my lips done when I haven’t, and my eyes because my eyes are quite unusual.  I’d say in terms of my personality, I’m confident, spontaneous and fun.  I just want to have fun all the time.

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Rosie Williams - From Glamorgan

Rosie Williams - Love Island

Age - 26. Occupation - Solicitor.

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I feel like I’m quite unpredictable, you never quite know what I’m going to do next. I was in law school for eight years and then became a solicitor, but I’m definitely not your typical solicitor. I don’t dress like one or act like one. I don’t feel like you should change yourself to fit a stereotype. I’m like Legally Blonde…only Legally Brunette. I think my colleagues would be shocked at first seeing me on this, but a lot of them say I wasn’t made to be behind a desk all day.

What would you say you’re looking for in a nutshell (i.e. your type on paper)?

I want someone who makes me laugh. I don’t like a boring guy who takes life too seriously. I like to experience all life has to offer, so I want someone that I can do that with. And then your typical nice body and nice eyes!

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Original 11 cast

Laura Anderson – From Stirling, Scotland

Laura Anderson

Age – 29. Occupation - Cabin Crew

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I live in Dubai and I’m also Scottish. I’m also probably a bit older than the other girls. In some ways it’s an advantage being older as I’m wiser and know what I want more so I can judge people quicker. I’m a nice but exciting girl and hopefully I’m not the same as anyone else. I don’t look like I have tattoos either, but I do.

Tabloid newspapers have revealed that Laura's ex-boyfriends include Welsh rugby star Mike Poole and Another Level popstar Dane Bowers.

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Dani Dyer – From East London

Dani Dyer

Age - 21. Occupation – Barmaid.

Prior to Love Island, what was your biggest claim to fame?

Keira Knightly once babysat me! Her partner at the time was in a film with my dad. I had no idea who she was. We went swimming together. It was only when I watched Bend It Like Beckham that I realised who she was.  And obviously I was on Survival Of The Fittest earlier this year.

[Read more: Dani Dyer reveals shock family secret to contestants]

[Read more: Caroline Flack wants Danny Dyer on Love Island spinoff]

Hayley Hughes – From Liverpool - Eliminated

Hayley Hughes

Age – 21. Occupation – Model

What would you say you’re looking for in a nutshell (i.e. your type on paper)?

I want someone with a nice personality who knows how to treat a girl. I want the package, not just someone with good looks. If he can make me laugh, that’s a big thing. I didn’t really have anything in common with my ex boyfriend. I’ve learnt a lesson from my last relationship not to just go for looks. Obviously though when you’re in love you think the person is amazing.

[Read more: Tensions flare on Love Island between Hayley and Eyal]

Kendall Rae-Knight – From Blackpool - First contestant eliminated

Love Island Kendall Rae-Knight

Age – 26. Occupation - Retail Manager

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I would say I’m in a different stage of my life to anyone else. This time last year I was in a five year relationship, I was engaged, had a house, and I was all settled down ready to have children. He proposed in the June and then three months later said he didn’t love me anymore. He left. Now, seven months down the line, I feel like I’m ready to move on and start dating.

[Read more: Kendall 'gutted' to be first contestant dumped]

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Samira Mighty – From London

Samira Mighty

Age - 22. Occupation - West End Performer.

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

I would say I’m in a different stage of my life to anyone else. This time last year I was in a five year relationship, I was engaged, had a house, and I was all settled down ready to have children. He proposed in the June and then three months later said he didn’t love me anymore. He left. Now, seven months down the line, I feel like I’m ready to move on and start dating.

Nial Aslam – From Coventry - Walked

Nial Aslam

Age – 23. Occupation - Student and Construction Worker Coventry

Tell us about your relationship history…

I was with my ex-girlfriend for just over three years from the age of 17 to 20. She would probably say that I’m immature and a bit of an attention seeker and she wouldn’t be wrong. I do feel sorry for my ex because this is her favourite programme. Then I was seeing someone for about six months then she mugged me off. She went abroad and we said when she got back we’d get in a relationship. Then I got a WhatsApp from her saying it wasn’t really working, then she went Facebook official with a guy out there.

Love Island’s Niall Aslam walked out of Love Island 2018 for “personal reasons”.

The islander, who had been an early favourite with viewers, will not be returning to the show later in the series.

In a statement, ITV said: “For personal reasons unfortunately he can’t continue or come back to the Villa.”

The channel has not revealed any further details.

Eyal Booker – From London

Eyal Booker

Age – 22. Occupation – Model.

Have you got any claims to fame?

Not really. I was in a pop band once called EverYoung. We had small time success and toured the country, built up a little fan base and there was fan girl hysteria. They’d follow us around and come to our gigs and stuff so that was a little taste

Adam Collard – From Newcastle

Adam Collard

Age – 22. Occupation - Personal Trainer and Gym Director

What are your best attributes?

I’m tall, I’m dark, I’m in good shape. In my personality, I would say I’m reasonably level headed, I’m pretty chilled in situations and I don’t get on people’s nerves. I speak to a lot of new people every day through my job and so I can always relate to someone somehow.

Jack Fincham – From Kent

Jack Fincham

Age – 26. Occupation - Stationary Sales Manager

What makes you stand out from everyone else?

When I walk into a room I always make a statement. Not necessarily on purpose, I’m just so clumsy so I’ll walk in and knock something over. Everyone knows ‘Jack is here!’

Dr. Alex George – From West Wales

Dr Alex George

Age – 27. Occupation - A&E Doctor

Have you got any worries ahead of going into the villa?

You’re recorded 24 hours a day and I just want to make sure that I behave in the right way. I absolutely love my job, I’ve worked since the age of 13 to get here and I go to work every day and I genuinely enjoy it. I would probably go back and do it part time, if I could mix it with TV work I would. I think there’s probably room for a new TV doctor!

Wes Nelson – From Staffordshire

Wes Nelson

Age – 20. Occupation - Electrical and Nuclear Systems Design Engineer

What are you looking for in the villa?

I’m looking for a partner, I’m looking for someone I can settle down with and tame my wild lifestyle. I am 20 years old but I’d say I am ahead of my age in terms of maturity and in terms of who I am and my mannerisms. I don’t think I’d be childish in there. I consider myself a mature person so definitely looking for something serious.

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