Love Island cast: Meet this year's line up including Shannon and Hugo

The first load of Love Island 2021 cast members have officially been revealed as fans brace themselves for one long, hot summer over on ITV2.

The identities of 11 singletons were confirmed in a series of announcements made throughout the day, with Sharon Gaffka, a 25-year-old soon-to-be reality star from Oxford kicking things off.

The upcoming season will make history with Hugo Hammond becoming the first-ever disabled contestant to appear on the dating show after bosses said the programme will feature its most diverse line-up yet.

But who will be entering the notorious Majorcan villa when the show launches next Monday? Meet the first batch of islanders right here.

Sharon Gaffka 

Age: 25

Job: Civil Servant

Location: Oxford

Explaining what she looks for in a fella, Sharon says: ‘I tend to date someone who is taller than me, even though my last long-term partner, he was actually someone who was shorter than me.’

Aaron Francis

Age: 24

Job: Luxury events host

Location: London

Revealing what his type on paper is, Aaron shares: ‘I need someone that is passionate about what they are doing – from scientist to anything – you can tell when someone is speaking about something and they are actually smiling while they are talking. I love that.’

Liberty Poole

Age: 21

Job: Student and waitress

Location: Birmingham

Liberty is looking for a tall, confident, alpha male, but might be persuaded by a ‘nicer guy that is going to treat me right’.

Hugo Hammond

Age: 24

Job: P.E teacher

Location: Hampshire

Hugo signed up to Love Island to put himself back out there.

‘I’ve been single for a while now,’ he shares. ‘With the current climate, it’s been really hard to get back into dating.’

Sharon Singh

Age: 22

Job: Model

Location: Fife

Shannon is hoping to find an ‘exciting hunk with personality’.

I’m not just going to go with anyone because they’re convenient,’ she warns.

‘I need to make sure they’re for me. Looks – obviously, they’ve got to be handsome, but if he’s a handsome hunk but it’s like talking to a brick wall and I’d rather watch paint dry, it’s not going to be great.’

Jake Cornish

Age: 24

Job: Water engineer

Location: West country

Jake is recently single after splitting from his girlfriend over lockdown.

‘Looks wise, always gone for blondes,’ he says, explaining who he’s looking for.

‘But for me, the main thing is having respect and having good fun, and someone who will be loyal to you. I’ve had messages from girls that have got boyfriends and husbands.

‘Looks wise, always gone for blondes. But for me, the main thing is having respect and having good fun, and someone who will be loyal to you. I’ve had messages from girls that have got boyfriends and husbands.’

Kaz Kamwi

Age: 26

Job: Fashion blogger

Location: Essex

Kaz is hoping to come out of the villa in a relationship. ‘Why not be in a place where people are looking for the same things as me?’ she says.

‘I’m fun, dramatic, spontaneous. Friendly as well. Light-hearted. Life is a party – I’m not the mum in the group, my friends are not looking at me to look after them!’

Brad McClelland

Age: 26

Job: Labourer

Location: Northumberland

Brad’s got a crush on former Love Island contestant Zara McDermott and decided to take part in the new series because he wants to date IRL.

‘Who wouldn’t want to be in a nice villa in a hot country for a while?’ he asks.

Chloe Burrows

Age: 25

Job: Marketing executive

Location: Bicester

Chloe is on the hunt for a man who is just as loud as she is.

‘Because I am quite a big character and quite loud, they would have to be as loud, if not more,’ she says. ‘I could never be with someone who is quiet.’

Toby Aromolaran

Age: 22

Job: Semi-professional footballer

Location: Essex

‘If Love Island can’t find me a relationship then no one can,’ Toby says.

The sportsman has played football since he was just six and is hoping his optimistic nature will help him secure a partner.

‘I always see the bright side in the worst situations,’ he enthuses. ‘I’m a fun guy when I go on a night out. Responsible guy as well.’

Faye Winter

Age: 26

Job: Lettings manager

Location: Devon

Faye is keeping her fingers crossed she’ll meet someone she’ll be able to go on holidays with.

‘I’m open to anything,’ she says. ‘The opportunity came up so why wouldn’t I? I’d love to meet somebody, what better way to meet somebody than in the sun – amazing.’

Love Island launches Monday 28 June at 9pm on ITV2.

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