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Love Island 2023 contestants: Meet the cast of the new winter series!

Love Island cast for season 9 revealed

The first Love Island 2023 contestants on the cast of this year’s new winter series have been announced.

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Set in the sun of South Africa, a new line up of lovestruck singletons will be guided through the twists and turns of coupling up in a jaw-dropping Villa by brand new host Maya Jama.

Iain Stirling returns to narrate as the couples attempt to steal hearts and win over the nation, one pair will ultimately be victorious and be crowned the Love Island winners.

The first of the new cast of singletons have been revealed today with ten Islanders revealed – although more will join in the coming weeks.

Meet the current cast of Love Island 2023 contestants…

Love Island 2023 cast

Tanya Manhenga

Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Tanya Manhenga.
Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Tanya Manhenga. ©ITV Plc

Age: 22

From: Liverpool

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Occupation: Student (biomedical science) and influencer

Instagram username: @talkswithtt_

Tanya says: “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.”

 

Kai Fagan

Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Kai Fagan
Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Kai Fagan ©ITV Plc

Age: 24

From: Manchester

Occupation: Science and PE teacher

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Instagram username: @kaifagan_

Kai says: “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.”

 

Lana Jenkins

Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Lana Jenkins
Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Lana Jenkins. ©ITV Plc

Age: 25

From: Luton

Occupation: Makeup artist

Instagram username: @lanajenkinss

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Says Lana: “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.”

 

Ron Hall

Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Ron Hall.
Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Ron Hall. ©ITV Plc

Age: 25

From: Essex

Occupation: Financial advisor

Instagram username: @ronhall__

Ron shares: “On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye. It was the result of a football injury when I was 8; 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. It’s not hindered me in any shape or form. It’s a good conversation starter I must admit.”

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Anna-May Robey

Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Anna-May Robey.
Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Anna-May Robey. ©ITV Plc

Age: 20

From: Swansea

Occupation: Payroll administrator

Instagram username: @annamayrobey

Anna-May says: “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.”

 

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Will Young

Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Will Young.
Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Will Young. ©ITV Plc

Age: 23

From: Buckinghamshire

Occupation: Farmer

Instagram username: @farmer_will_

Says Will: “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.”

 

Tanyel Revan

Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Tanyel Revan.
Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Tanyel Revan. ©ITV Plc

Age: 26

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From: North London

Occupation: Hair stylist

Instagram username: @tanyelrevan

“I’m funny, loud, feisty, charismatic,” says Tanyel. “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?

 

Shaq Muhammad

Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Shaq Muhammad.
Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Shaq Muhammad. ©ITV Plc

Age: 24

From: London

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Occupation: Airport security officer

Instagram username: @shaq24s_

Shaq says: “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. ”

 

Olivia Hawkins

Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Olivia Hawkins.
Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Olivia Hawkins. ©ITV Plc

Age: 27

From: Brighton

Occupation: Ring girl and actress

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Instagram username: @livhawkinss

Olivia says: “I’m 27 and I’ve never been in a relationship so I feel like now I’m really ready to settle down and hopefully find the love of my life.”

 

Haris Namani

Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Haris Namani.
Love Island: SR9 on ITV2 and ITVX. Pictured: Haris Namani. ©ITV Plc

Age: 21

From: Doncaster

Occupation: TV salesman

Instagram username: @haris_namanii

Haris says: “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.’”

 

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Love Island 2023 will air on ITV2 and ITVX from Monday, 16 January at 9PM.

On Sunday evening’s, Maya will get the exclusive reaction to all the dates, the dumpings and the dramas that follow in Love Island’s studio show Love Island: Aftersun.

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