A new season of Love Island is just around the corner, with the 10th edition of ITV2’s dating show gearing up to return to our screens on 5th June.


Narrator Iain Stirling will be on hand to dish out witty commentary as soon as the latest batch of singletons head into the villa.

The comedian has been a mainstay of the show since it was revived in 2015, and Love Island certainly wouldn’t be the same without his hilarious observations.

Here’s what you need to know about the man behind the voiceover.

Who is Love Island narrator Iain Stirling?

Iain Stirling is the Scottish stand-up comedian, writer and television presenter who acts as the resident voice-over artist for reality dating show Love Island.

He provides the witty - and occasionally savage - commentary over clips of the islanders’ antics that can be heard each season.

Iain Stirling is also a stand-up comedian.
Iain Stirling is also a stand-up comedian. Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage

He started his career as a CBBC presenter in 2009 alongside his puppet sidekick Hacker the Dog, and presented children’s programmes All Over the Place and panel show The Dog Ate My Homework, which won him a Children’s BAFTA in 2017.

Stirling started narrating Love Island on ITV2 in 2015, which raised his public profile as the show grew in popularity. He went on to compete in the eighth series of Taskmaster on Dave and currently presents the ITV2 gameshow CelebAbility, which sees a team of famous faces take on members of the public in a series of challenges.

In 2019, Stirling released a book – Not F**king Ready to Adult, while in 2021, his scripted comedy Buffering aired on ITV2. The sitcom is returning for a second season this month.

Where have I seen Iain before?

In addition to his CBBC tenure, Stirling has appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show, The Russell Howard Hour and Sky One’s Comedians Watching Football with Friends.

He was one of six comedians to feature on Comedy Central’s Comedy Bus, a series where each episode, one comic takes the others back to their hometown – which for Stirling is Edinburgh.

He has appeared as a guest on various episodes of Love Island: Aftersun – the reality series’s sister show.

How long has Iain been the narrator on Love Island?

Stirling has narrated Love Island since its first series in 2015. He did not narrate the 2005 version of the show, which was presented by Patrick Kielty, Kelly Brook and Fearne Cotton, and cancelled after two seasons.

Caroline Flack presented the first five seasons of Love Island starting in 2015. She stepped down in December 2019 and sadly died in February 2020.

Stirling’s wife Laura Whitmore hosted the winter season in Cape Town, and stepped back from the role last year.

How long has Iain been in a relationship with Laura Whitmore?

Laura Whitmore
Laura Whitmore. Getty Images

Stirling has been dating Irish radio and TV presenter Laura Whitmore officially since August 2017. The couple have lived together in their North London home since December 2018 and share a dog named Mick.

They tied the knot in a low-key ceremony in late 2020 and became parents to their first child together the following year.

Whitmore previously presented series 11 of I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp and took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2016. She presented her own show on BBC Radio 5 Live until last year.

Whitmore was the host of Love Island from 2020 until last year, when she announced that she would be leaving the show, and was eventually replaced by Maya Jama.

Love Island starts on ITV2 on Monday 5th June 2023 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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