We can’t believe that yet another summer of love is over, as tonight is the grand final of Love Island 2023!


There has been highs and lows for the cast this year - which included big characters such as Molly Marsh, Tyrique Hyde and Mitchel Taylor - and someone who has been on a big journey in the villa is Sammy Root.

Joining the cast as a late arrival, viewers have watched project manager Sammy and aesthetics practitioner Jess Harding suffer every bump in the road possible.

But the pair have come out stronger than ever, and have become a firm fan favourite as they walk into the final together.

But who is Sammy, and why did he decide to take the plunge and sign up to the show? Read on to find out.

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Sammy Root – key facts

Sammy Root
Sammy Root

Age: 22
Project manager

Coupled up with: Jess Harding

Who is Sammy Root?

Based in Kent, project manager Sammy said he is the full package when it comes to impressing the ladies.

“I’ll be the energy in the villa - lots of guys have pretty faces and nice bodies, which I have too, but I’ve also got the bubbly personality,” the 22-year-old revealed before he entered the show. “I’m a bit of a firework”.

Sammy continued: “I stand out from everyone else purely on appearance. Most attractive people have the personality of a sponge, but I’m not lacking in that department either.”

And when asked how his family would describe him, Sammy added: “Funny, bubbly and good to be around. I’m a bit cheeky too.”

How old is Sammy Root?

Sammy is 22-years-old.

Is Sammy on Instagram?

Yes - you can find Sammy at @sammyroot_ on Instagram. The contestant has currently garnered over 70.6k followers, and we're sure more will follow!

Sammy Root
Sammy Root. Credit: Instagram/@sammyroot_

Why did Sammy sign up for Love Island summer 2023?

For Sammy, the decision to step into the villa was a no-brainer.

“I’ve always got girls on my mind, so what better way to find a nice girl than in the Love Island villa!” he laughed.

Adding that he thinks now is the perfect time to settle down and find his “princess”, Sammy’s game plan when it comes to cracking on with the girls was a simple one.

“I won’t shy away from any of the girls and I’ll stand my ground,” he revealed. “It’s game on”.

What is Sammy looking for in a partner?

When it comes to Mrs Right, Sammy had a carefully curated list of expectations before entering the villa.

“She’s got to have a nice bum, an amazing personality and be family orientated,” he explained.

Adding that his ex is the only girl he has “ever been in love with”, Sammy says he could be persuaded to fall in love with the right girl easily - on one condition.

“It’s niche, but wide feet [give me the ick] - there’s something about wide feet that I can’t deal with,” he laughs. “And girls who are too into star signs!”

Sounds as though Jess has ticked all his boxes!

The Love Island 2023 final is on ITV2 and ITVX at 9pm. You can watch all previous seasons of Love Island on BritBox – you can sign up for a 7-day free trial.

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