Meet the New Cast of Love Island UK

I’ve got a text! It says, “Did you know one of the best reality dating shows ever is back? #LoveIsland #Getgrafting #IWillTalkAboutNothingElseInTheWeeksToCome.” That’s right, now that Love Island is back and we have figured out how to tune in here in the U.S., we can officially declare Summer 2022, started.

The show is in its eighth season this year, but the premise remains the same: sexy singles are sequestered in a beautiful villa in Mallorca, located off the coast of Spain, in the hopes of finding love, £50,000, and the ultimate grand prize—Instagram fame. In years past, many Islanders who were virtually unknown before the show began airing turned into full-fledged influencers upon exit, regardless of if they won (or even if they got far at all). Some, like Molly-Mae Hague, entered with established and loyal, albeit smaller, followings and despite not winning, ended up leaving with both love and a very lucrative platform.

Not everyone has reached her follower counts, but the Love Island-to-glossy-Instagram-influencer pipeline is very much A Thing, and we have no reason to doubt why this year would prove any different. Though they are all currently in the villa and have left their social media profiles in the hands of family and friends, it’s worth getting to know our next batch of Love Island influencers contestants. Without further ado, let’s take a look at this year’s cast and their Instagram profiles.

Luca Bish

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The 23-year-old fishmonger from Brighton left us all with a very clever way to remember his name: Luca Bish who sells fish.

Paige Thorne

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The 24-year-old is a paramedic from Swansea, who described her ideal type as “rugged.”

Liam Llewellyn

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At 22 years old, Liam is one of the youngest members of the cast, but he already holds a Master’s degree from Cardiff University.

Indiyah Polack

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The 23-year-old hotel waitress from London and self professed “female player” came into the villa rocking two-toned hair and an attitude that screams she’s ready for a summer of love.

Tasha Ghouri

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The 23-year-old dancer is the series’s first ever deaf contestant, she wears a cochlear implant in her right ear that she refers to as her “superpower.”

Davide Sanclimenti

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The 27-year-old Italian hailing from Rome was this season’s first bombshell—and it’s safe to say the presence of the chiseled marbled statue look-alike left the rest of the cast stirring and scrambling.

Dami Hope

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In the few episodes we have seen of him, we’ve already learned a lot about 26-year-old Dami Hope. Mainly, that he is a Senior Microbiologist from London and that he has a heart shaped birthmark on his penis. Yes, really.

Gemma Owen

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Gemma is the cast’s youngest member at 19. She is also the daughter of former Premier League football (soccer) player Michael Owen and an international dressage rider in her own right.

Amber Beckford

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24-year-old nanny Amber from London already shared some personal details in her introduction video–including that the father of a child she used to work for liked her on a dating app before she headed into the Love Island villa.

Ikenna Ekwonna

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Ikenna is a 23-year-old pharmaceutical salesman from Nottingham who’s looking for a very specific characteristic: “the bunds.” We’ll let you guess just what that is.

Andrew Le Page

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The 27-year-old is a real estate agent, based out of Dubai, who very happily gave us our very first (and maybe only) Selling Sunset reference of the season. To that we say, thank you Andrew!

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

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The 27-year-old actress is one of the show’s latest bombshells and made it very clear she’s “not here to make seasonal girlfriends,” but to “find the love of [her] life.”

Afia Tonkmor

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The 25-year-old is a lounge host at a private members club in London and made it very clear she was coming onto the show and claiming whoever she liked.

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