Love Island cast 2023: Everything you need to know about all of this year's contestants

Love Island is back in South Africa for a winter series with new presenter Maya Jama and a new cast of hopefuls. Find out everything you need to know about the 2023 contestants and bombshells.

By Alex Fletcher Updated: 13 March 2023 - 11.36pm
ITV Love Island 2023 host Maya Jama

Love Island - the nation's favourite dating show - is back for its ninth series on ITV2 and ITVX.

10 hopeful contestants started the winter series in South Africa, which also has a new presenter - Maya Jama. And the bombshells keep on coming, adding some much needed spice and rivaly in the villa.

After more record-breaking figures in the summer, millions are expected to tune in for the latest drama as lovestruck singletons begin a 'romantic' adventure of a lifetime.

Here is everything you need to know about the contestants entering the 2023 Love Island villa, including all the bombshell late arrivals...

When is the Love Island final?

The Love Island final airs on Monday 13 March, airing live at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX.

It will be extended episode, ending at 10.35pm.

Presenter Maya Jama will host live from the villa in Cape Town and crown the 2023 Love Island winners.

The final four couples are:

  • Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan
  • Ron Hall and Lana Jenkins
  • Tayna Menhenga and Shaq Muhammad
  • Tom Clare and Samie Elishi

Love Island 2023 - The contestants

The final 8

Kai Fagan

Love Island 2023 contestant Kai Fagan ITV

Kai is a 24-year-old PE teacher from Manchester, whose claim to fame is that he went to school with Marcus Rashford.

"I’m caring, loving and impulsive so I’m always fun to be around. I’m always busy, I’m never sitting still," he said.

"If you like to be busy too, then you can be busy with me. I can’t remember the last time I sat in on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.

"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."

Sanam Harrinanan

Sanam Harrinanan in Love Island 2023 ITV

Sanam Harrinanan is a 24-year-old social worker from Bedford.

"I’m excited to go in there and have some fun. I want to see whose heads I can personally turn," said Sanam.

"I’m a very flirtatious, bantery person. I’ve been told I’m a bit of a tease."

Talking about the boys, she added: "Kai is my number one. Job wise I think that we’d connect a lot and I think he’s cute! Tom, I love his beard! He’s not my usual type, but there’s something about him that attracts me physically. Casey, he doesn’t seem that serious and I think you could have fun and banter with him."

Lana Jenkins

Love Island 2023 contestant Lana Jenkins ITV

Lana is a 25-year-old make-up artist from Luton.

"I think I will bring a lot of flirtation, I’m funny and I think I’m just a good person - so I will probably get on with everyone," she said.

"I’ll just go in there, have a laugh and have a really good time. If I’m lucky, and there is someone I get along with, I think it could be really special.

"I’m looking for something that's a bit deeper, something more serious that could turn into something long term and hopefully a little love story."

Lana says she is good and cooking and "tickles".

Ron Hall

Love Island 2023 contestant Ron Hall ITV

Ron is a 25-year-old financial advisor from Essex, whose dream girl is American singer Madison Beer.

"My mum and dad would say that I am a very funny, charismatic but genuine person," he said.

"I know that’s a typical thing a parent would say about their son. But they know that I’ve got good morals. They know I’m a good person at heart. I’m not rude, I’m polite, I was brought up properly, a well-raised person.

"My friends would say it’s very noticeable when I’m not around. I’m a good person to be around and I always ‘add’. I’m added value."

Tanya Manhenga

Love Island 2023 contestant Tanya Manhenga ITV

Tanya is a 22-year-old student and influencer.

Explaining why she wanted to take part, 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.

"I'm super nice, but don’t let it fool you. I want to be friends with everyone but if you’re gonna be cheeky I’m the sort of person that will give it back. I will bring good vibes and good energy."

Shaq Muhammad

Love Island 2023 contestant Shaq Muhammad ITV

Shaq is a 24-year-old Londoner who works in airport security.

"I’m a great boyfriend. I’m very kind and thoughtful. Parents always love me," he said.

"They say, ‘He’s a good person, you should marry him!’ Once I’m with someone I’m always all about that person. I’m very vocal about that. I’m a catch!"

His dream dinner party guests would be his dad, his sisters and Arsene Wenger.

Tom Clare

Tom Clare on Love Island 2023 ITV

Tom is a 23-year-old semi-pro footballer from Barnsley, who won the public vote to enter as the first bombshell.

"Friends and family would describe me differently. Obviously my mum thinks I’m the most amazing person in the world," said Tom.

"She thinks I’m the best thing ever, bless her. My family know how loyal and genuine I am.

"My friends would think I’m a good laugh, a top guy to be around, probably take all the girls off them…"

Tom is a High School Musical fan and would like Zac Efron to play him in the movie of his life.

Samie Elishi

Love Island 2023 contestant Samie ITV

22-year-old Samie is an estate agent coorindator from London.

The late entrant on the show said: "All my single friends are starting to settle down, so whenever I suggest a girls’ trip, everyone’s staying in with their boyfriends. I want someone to do that with, too!”

She added: "I'm fun and I’m fit! I’ve got to back myself or no one else will!"

Past Islanders

Olivia Hawkins - Voted Out

Love Island 2023 contestant Oliva Hawkins ITV

Olivia is an actress and ring girl from Brighton.

The 27-year-old claims to never had a relationship and said: "I’ll bring fun, vibes, I’m a very confident, bubbly person…. maybe a little bit of drama!"

Talking about her career, she added: "I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10 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."

Tanyel Revan - Voted Out

Love Island contestant Tanyel Revan ITV

26-year-old hair stylist Tanyel lists Piers Morgan as her dream dinner party date.

Explaining why she wants to take part in the show, she said: "I do feel like I am ready to meet someone and push myself out of my comfort zone to meet someone who's not my typical ‘bad boy’ type. 

"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?

"I’m single because I’m so fussy."

Anna-May Robey - Voted Out episode 10

Love Island 2023 contestant Anna-May Robey ITV

20-year-old Anna-May is from Swansea and loves Anthony Joshua and Coldplay.

"I will bring fun, I’m always up for a laugh, if someone tells me to go and dive in the pool I will probably do it," she said.

"I’ll bring energy to the Villa, I'll get everyone up playing games! I‘m also not afraid to get in someone's way; if I like someone, I’ll let them know."

She said her friends and family would describe her as "energetic".

"I’m always running around singing and screaming. My parents are always like, ‘Shut up!’" she said.

Will Young - Voted out

Love Island 2023 contestant Will Young ITV

Will is a 23-year-old farmer from Buckinghamshire, who would like Sir David Attenborough to play him in the movie of his life.

"Having grown up on a farm, it’s been quite difficult juggling relationships and work," he said.

"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."

Talking about whether a partner needs to be willing to farm, he said: "What attracts me is energy, if the energy is there, she can do whatever she wants. As long as she respects what I do and my busy times of the year, then that’s all I need.

"If she loves it, bonus! But it’s not a big issue for me."

Haris Namani - Voted Out episode 10

Harris Namani on Love Island 2023 ITV

Haris is a 21-year-old TV salesman from Doncaster, who lists J'Lo as his celebrity crush.

"I’m different, I’m a unique guy, the way I act; confident, not awkward, especially with the girls," said Haris.

"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.’"

He added: "I’m not too sure. I’ve never been turned down by a girl. I know it can happen, but my strike rate is 100%. I’ve just not found the spark."

Casa Amor Bombshells

Layla Al-Momani - Voted Out

Layla Al-Momani ITV

Layla Al-Momani is a 28-year-old brand managing director from London.

"I think that I’ll be a standout Islander. Regardless of being amongst a group of girls, I’ll prove that I stand out," she said.

She says Louis Theroux is her type and that she would like to couple with Ron and Will on the show.

Layla added: "My ex is a famous singer. He wrote a few songs about me since we broke up."

Sammy James - Voted Out

Sammy James in Love Island 2023 ITV

Sammy James is a 27-year-old beauty buyer from Leicester, who lives in Dubai.

"I love to lift other people up. I’m full of life and good vibes. I know what I want and I’ve got my eyes on the prize. I’m going in to get what I want," said Sammy.

Sammy has her eye on Casey.

"He’s my number one, he’s cheeky! His blue eyes remind me of the ocean and I love the ocean; it makes me feel calm and connected," said Sammy.

"That’s the way he’s probably going to make me feel. I also like the fact that he looks a little bit like Bradley Cooper who is definitely my celebrity crush."

Cynthia Otseh-Taiwo - Voted Out

Cynthia Otseh-Taiwo on Love Island 2023 ITV

Cynthia Otseh-Taiwo is a baker and dental receptionist from North London.

"My friends call me meticulous, I’m a little bit of a perfectionist. I’m also very loyal, if you’re my girl, I’ve got your back," said Cynthia.

"I already know what I want in my life; I want to be happy, be able to have someone to do life with and have a family."

She added: "Tom is the kind of guy I’d go for on the outside and Will looks like my exes!"

Lydia Karakyriakou - Voted Out

Lydia Karakyriakou on Love Island 2023 ITV

Lydia Karakyriakou is a 22-year-old retail customer assistant from Glasgow.

"I’ll bring a lot of chat and a lot of flirtiness. I’m known as the ‘friend therapist’ back home, so I’ll definitely give a lot of advice to my fellow Islanders," said Lydia.

Joking about what she'd use on her dating profile, she said: "I’d put: ‘The way to my heart is carbs’. Honestly, just give me a bowl of pasta and I’m happy!"

Lynda Flix - Voted Out

Lynda Flix ITV

Lynda Flix is a 22-year-old  healthcare assistant and singer from Salford.

"I’ll be fun, energetic, confident and not afraid to speak my mind or express myself," said Lynda.

"The most important thing is humour, he needs to be funny and be able to make me laugh. I also need someone that's very energetic and exciting, he can’t be boring. If he’s boring, 'Bye!'"

She had her eye on Kai and Shaq in the villa.

Kain Reed - Voted Out

Kain Reed on Love Island 2023 ITV

Kain is a 21-year-old energy consultant from Newcastle.

"I’m excited because I want to see how strong the relationships actually are between the current couples, and if I can change them," said Kain.

"I’m going in there to turn heads! I love a challenge in every aspect, whether it’s over a girl or a sport.

"I use my charm and then I give girls ‘the eyes’ - they always seem to help."

He added: "I’m fun, charismatic and energetic. 90% of me is going in there for the girls, but I’d love to have a bit of lad banter while I’m in there as well."


Ryan Weekley - Voted Out

Ryan Weekley on Love Island 2023 in Casa Amor ITV

Ryan Weekley is a 22-year-old steel erector from Nottingham.

Ryan says he is "spontaneous, sexy and fun" and claims he is "repping for the gingers".

He says he wants to couple up with Samie. "I think we have the same interests," he said.

"We both want to travel, so I’d love to travel around the world with her."

Frankie Davey - Voted Out

Frankie Davey on Love Island 2023 ITV

Frankie Davey is a 22-year-old pro boxer from Ipswich.

"Generally I'm quite a laid back guy with girls. But going into Casa Amor, I'll be speaking to all of the girls as soon as I can!" he said.

"I don't usually have to do a lot of chasing... so it might be a little bit of a switch up in the Villa. I'm aware that I might have to take the boxing gloves off and get the grafting gloves on."

Frankie added: "There's two girls that have caught my eye.. one would be a more difficult one to pursue."

Maxwell Samuda - Voted Out

Maxwell Samuda on Love Island 2023 ITV

Maxwell Samuda is a 23-year-old student and restaurant host from London.

Maxwell has his eye on Samie and says his technique is "just talk to a girl normally, try and learn as much as I can about them and see if there is a vibe."

When asked for an unusual fact, he revealed: "I love popping spots, I find watching those videos weirdly comforting to watch."

Bayley Mummery - Voted Out

Bayley Mummery on Love Island 2023 ITV

Bayley Mummery is a 25-year-old operations manager from Surrey.

"I’m excited, it will be good to get the girls away from the boys so I can give them some of my charm," said Bayley.

Revealing who he has his eye on, Bayley said: "Samie, she's my type to a T. If you asked my mum or dad my type they would literally describe her."

Martin Akinola - Voted Out

Martin Akinola ITV

Martin Akinola is a 27-year-old senior software engineer from Dublin.

"I'm excited to go in, cause some confusion, some little problems. It's a 50/50 chance - win or lose - but I'm a winner," said Martin.

Revealing his dating technique, Martin said: "I send a rose emoji in the DMs - it works every time. The girl will say, 'Thank you...' and then the conversation just flows."

He added: "A key selling point is my body. My body's great. My arms, they get the girls going."


Rosie Seabrook - Voted Out

Rosie Seabrook on Love Island ITV

Rosie Seabrook is a 24-year-old industry placement advisor from Buckinghamshore.

"I’m a girls’ girl but I also love male attention. I’d like to think I’m quite relatable so I really hope people see that side of me," said Rosie.

"I've got a very flirty personality, I flirt with people when I don’t even mean to. I’m confident and witty which always makes for good conversation when I’m speaking with a guy."

Revealing an unusual fact about herself, she said: "I have a really bad phobia of frozen food, I can’t touch frozen food. I can’t go anywhere near the freezer. If my mum jam packs the freezer and I have to try and get something out that I need, I just can’t… I have to ask someone else to get it out for me. If I’m shopping and I have to go near the frozen section, it honestly makes me feel sick!"

Keanan Brand - Voted Out

Keanan Brand on Love Island ITV

Keanan Brand is a 24-year-old from Wigan and a pro rugby player.

"I’ve got the gift of the gab so I will definitely bring some fun, I want to go in, have a great time and find love!" he said.

"Personality is massive for me, I want a girl who is polite and has good morals. I like someone I can bounce off , so they need to have lots of energy."

Keanan added: "I’m of Irish heritage so I’ve always got the luck of the Irish with me."

 Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown - Voted off

Love Island contestant 2023 Zara ITV

Zara is a 25-year-old model and property developer from Londoner.

She believes she will bring "Sass, vibes and good energy" to the villa.

"I’m a massive hype girl, I’m very complimentary so I hope to keep the vibes up in the Villa," she said.

"I’ll also bring spice, I’m a bit different and I don’t think there’s anyone in there that's like me so I reckon I’ll keep things interesting."

Her dream dinner party guests are Kris Jenner, Michelle Obama and Beyonce.

David Salako - Voted Out episode 5

Love Island contestant David Salako ITV

David is a 24-year-old money advisor from Essex.

"Listen, there’s only one David Salako," said David Salako.

"There we go. If you’re in a relationship with me it’ll be nothing but good fun, vibes. I think I’m alright looking as well."

He says girls who sing-along "all messy" to songs at a bar give him the ick and says Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and Denzel Washington are his dream dinner party guests.

Love Island Australia bombshells

Jessie Wynter - Voted Out

Love Island 2023 contestant Jessie Wynter ITV

Jessie is a 26-year-old personal trainer and influencer from Sydney, who previously appeared on Love Island Australia.

"I'm single and have been for quite some time! I'm very lucky to live the life I lead, but it does get a bit lonely," said Jessie.

"[I'm a] little bit of a wild child, if there’s something I want to do I will go and do it, no matter how many times I’m told not to. I am very much the ‘fun friend’."

She added: "I'm going to go in very raw, don't overthink things, and take things as they come - the laid back Aussie attitude."

Aaron Waters - Voted out

Aaron Waters

Aaron is a 25-year-old model and content creator from Melbourne, who was previously on Love Island Australia.

"Besides being an Aussie, I’m different to most because I have a sense of awareness of who I am and what I’m looking for," said Aaron.

"When I’m talking to girls it's not on a surface level, I can dive deeper to try and build a connection."

He added: "I'm loyal, honest, great at communication and self-awareness so when it comes to dealing with obstacles and adversity in a relationship, I’m able to talk openly about how I feel to try and work around things.

"I think the key to any good relationship is being content in yourself and I’m very happy in myself and who I am. I’m also very good looking, obviously!"

Ellie Spence - Voted Out

Ellie Spence on Love Island 2023 ITV

Ellie is a 25-year-old business development executive at a law firm from Norwich. She lost the public vote to enter the house as the first bombshell, but eventually joined the show as a bombshell entry.

"I’m single because I fall in love really quick, but I fall out of it just as quickly," admits Ellie.

"I could literally fall in love with a chair and then a week later be like, 'Oh wait, no, that's a chair…' I fall in love quickly because I build up a character of someone in my head and then they breathe in the wrong direction and I’m like, 'Next!'"

She said friends and family would describe her as a "liability".

"You know when you have the mums of the group when you go out? I’m the one swinging on the chandelier refusing to go home. I’m definitely a good time girl."

Spencer Wilks - Voted out

Love Island 2023 Spencer ITV

Spencer is a 24-year-old e-commerce business owner from Bournemouth. He arrived on the show on Day 10 with Ellie Spence.

"I’m very loving, so I’ll cuddle everyone. I like doing stuff for other people," said Spencer.

"I’m excited all the time really. I do say the wrong things as I have no filter. If I think it, I’ll say it straight away.

"Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it stirs things up a bit which I find funny."

Claudia Fogarty - Voted Out

Claudia Fogerty on Love Island 2023 - the daughter of Carl Fogerty ITV

Claudia Fogarty is a 28-year-old fashion boutique owner from Blackburn and the daughter of I'm a Celeb winner and motorbike legend Carl Fogarty.

"I'm done with the ‘bad boys’, I just want to find my person and now is the right time," said Claudia.

"My northern banter is going to be coming in with me. I think I’ll spice things up a bit, I’m a confident person, I can be fiery when I want to be, but I’m a girls’ girl so I know I will get on well with all of them all."

Claudia said that her dad was "proud" that she was taking the opportunity to "find someone that's not a d***head" on the show.

Jordan Odofin - Voted Out

Jordan Odofin in Love Island 2023 ITV

Bombshell Jordan Odofin is a 28-year-old HR Advisor from London.

Jordan is looking for a "genuine connection" on the show and promises to bring some "London swagger" to the villa.

"I’m single by choice. I’m very picky in terms of what I like, if someone does something that I think is an ‘ick’ then I’ll be off," he said.

"I want to go into the Villa and build a genuine connection with no distractions."

He added: "I need a girl that can put me in my place, therefore I’ve got my eye on all the strong women in the Villa."

Casey O'Gorman - Voted Out

Casey O'Gorman on Love Island 2023 ITV

Casey O'Gorman is a 26-year-old recruitment consultant from Tring.

"I feel like now is the time to settle down and find a girlfriend. I’ve always said I want to be married with kids by the time I’m 30. I’m 26, so we are getting there," said O'Gorman.

When asked how friends and family would describe him, Casey said: "Very cheeky, naughty, outgoing, ambitious. They’d say I’m very driven at everything I do, I always aim to be the best and come first at pretty much everything.

"They’d also say I’ve got a big heart, I’m very lovable."

All the Love Island winners

  • 2015 - Jess Hayes and Max Morley
  • 2016 - Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey
  • 2017 - Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay
  • 2018 - Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham
  • 2019 - Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea
  • 2020 - Finn Tapp and Paige Turley
  • 2021 - Liam Reardon and Millie Court
  • 2022 - Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti

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