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.

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:

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 nutshell (i.e. your type on paper)?

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 nutshell (i.e. your type on paper)?

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 nutshell (i.e. your type on paper)?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Meet the Love Island contestants 2018

 

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