Love Island 2023 cast: Full line-up of contestants for season 9
Here's who's hoping to find love in the South African villa.
There's a new bombshell in town!
Claudia's arrival will be very much welcomed by the boys, especially Casey O'Gorman who has been friend zoned by Lana after a day of being coupled up - ouch!
Despite choosing Casey, Lana realised that she still has feelings for Ron and the duo finally rekindled their romance leaving Casey very much single.
But this is Love Island at the end of the day, and no one stays single for long. And it might just be Casey's lucky day because ahead of joining the villa, Claudia admitted that he's her type on paper - could they be the newest couple in the villa?
Viewers will have to wait until Wednesday 8th February to see what the boys make of Claudia's performance, and who got whose hearts racing the most, which as we know often brings lots of drama.
In the meantime, read on to find out everything we know about the Love Island 2023 cast, and if you want to know who has been dumped from the island, see our full list on who left Love Island 2023.
Love Island 2023 cast: Full line-up of contestants for season 9
The line-up revealed so far for Winter Love Island 2023 is the following.
- Claudia Fogarty
- Jordan Odofin
- Casey O'Gorman
- Samie Elishi
- Ellie Spence
- Tanya Manhenga
- Kai Fagan
- Lana Jenkins
- Ron Hall
- Will Young
- Tanyel Revan
- Shaq Muhammad
- Olivia Hawkins
- Tom Clare
- Jessie Wynter
- Aaron Waters - DUMPED in episode 21
- Spencer Wilks - DUMPED in episode 21
- Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown - DUMPED in episode 17
- Haris Namani - DUMPED in episode 10
- Anna-May Robey - DUMPED in episode 10
- David Salako- DUMPED in episode 5
Read more about the contestants below.
Job: Fashion boutique owner
Claudia Fogarty joined the villa on Tuesday 7th February, during the dancing challenge.
She's hoping to bring her "northern charm" to the villa, saying: "Definitely my northern charm with some humour, bubbliness and sass. 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."
Job: Senior HR Advisor
Jordan Odofin is hoping to bring his London charm to the villa, saying: "I’m going to bring my London swagger. Not many of the boys in the villa are from London. I’m 6’5 so I’m tall and I’ve got a good physique. I’ve got a good dress sense - and apparently I’m easy on the eye, too!"
Job: Recruitment Consultant
Move over Tom, recruitment consultant Casey is looking to take over as the resident bad boy in the villa.
"I’ll be the cheekiest boy in villa. I can definitely see myself kissing a lot of the girls in there! So I guess, lots of entertainment and lots of drama," he says.
In terms of how his family and friends would describe him, he added: "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."
Job: Senior estate agent coordinator
Samie entered the villa as one of the later bombshells and revealed ahead of time that she wanted to take part in the series because "all my single friends are starting to settle down".
She added: "Whenever I suggest a girls’ trip, everyone’s staying in with their boyfriends. I want someone to do that with, too!"
Meanwhile, speaking about what she'll bring to the villa, she singled out honesty as her best quality.
"I’m a really honest person and I have no filter," she explained. "I won’t take rubbish from anyone, especially when it comes to guys!"
Job: Business Development Executive at a law firm
After being part of this year's first bombshell twist, Ellie Spence has finally made her way into the Love Island villa.
So, why did Ellie sign up for the ITV2 dating show?
"I’ve been single for three years and the roster is pretty dry, it’s been dry for the last year. I don’t know what happened, it’s just not been a great time for me so I’m ready to find my husband," she says.
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Ellie claims that she would bring "drama, fun and a bit of unpredictability" to the series.
When asked to explain why she is single, Ellie said: "I’m single because I fall in love really quick, but I fall out of it just as quickly.
"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!’"
From: From Tasmania, lives in Sydney
Job: Personal Trainer and Influencer
Those who love Love Island might recognise Jessie, as she's already been part of the franchise. The bombshell was previously on Love Island Australia back in 2019 (which aired in the UK over lockdown in 2020).
The 26-year-old admitted she hasn't had any relationship since leaving the Aus villa, and is keen to start settling down.
Talking about why she's single, Jessie said: "I probably do need to take a little responsibility - I do travel and move around a lot. When it comes to a relationship, I think I get scared. If there’s someone I genuinely like, for some reason I back away or I start telling myself they’re too good for me. I always end up doing the opposite of what I should be doing, so in the Villa I’ll have to face those emotions."
Will she find the man of her dreams on the UK show?
Job: Semi-professional footballer
Football player Tom Clare will be one of the first potential bombshells to enter the Love Island villa.
Tom revealed the reason for his Love Island entrance: "I want to meet someone. It’s good going out and having a laugh but I miss sharing stuff. Life’s too short. These opportunities don’t come around often."
He added: "I’m a good laugh, a good vibe. I’m not snakey, I don’t like that kind of stuff. If I’ve got an issue with someone I’ll speak to them."
When explaining why he is single, Tom commented: "Since my ex-girlfriend, no-one’s really come to me and I’ve thought, ‘Wow’. Until I have that, I’m not really going to settle for less. Not in a bad way, but the next person I get with, I want to marry."
Will viewers pick Tom to be the first bombshell to enter the villa?
From the farm to the villa, Will Young is hoping to make love evergreen with this season of Love Island.
Speaking on why he is going on Love Island, farmer Will said: "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."
Describing a detail about himself, noting: "Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes. A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!
"It’s a nice way to self-reflect, taking a minute on my day/week. It’s really nice and sets me up for a nice sleep."
Expect one chill guy!
However, he thinks he is responsible for his continued single-status, noting: "Honestly? Probably commitment issues. I self-sabotage myself sometimes when I’ve got a good thing going. I do like my own space and my own time; I haven’t got to stress about anything and just worry about myself."
Job: Biomedical science student and influencer
Biomedical student Tanya Manhenga was rumoured to be joining Winter Love Island 2023 prior to when her casting was confirmed.
Speaking about why she is joining Love Island, Tanya revealed: "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."
However, one thing to give her the ick is feet, with "guys that don’t wear socks in the house" proving problematic.
Tanya also has vitiligo "which is a skin pigmentation – you may not even notice it. It's on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair."
When asked why she is single, Tanya explained: "It might be trust issues. I don’t trust guys. Some want to get serious really quickly, but I don't trust them enough, it’s all about trust."
Job: Science and PE teacher
Science and PE teacher Kai Fagan has described himself as "chilled, caring, very impulsive and a good guy".
On why he is single, Kai said: "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."
Kai also revealed: "I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica. I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC. I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis. "
When asked why he's single, Kai said: "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."
Job: Makeup artist
Make-up guru Lana Jenkins is ready to add some glamour to the villa and has worked in TV before.
"In my work as a make-up artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities," revealed Lana. "Also, when I was 6 years old, I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra."
On her relationship with romance, Lana said: "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."
Explaining why she is single, Lana said: "Because I’ve been through relationships that have made me want to find someone perfect, I’ve been with people that haven’t been meant for me. Since then I’ve been really picky about who I go for and who I let into my life."
Job: Financial advisor
Essex boy Ron Hall makes history as the first partially-sighted contestant in Love Island history.
"On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye," said Ron. "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."
He described himself as "the most genuine person you’ll meet" and said: "I’m genuine, caring and I’m a nice person - which you don’t find these days."
Ron hopes to bring "fun and charisma" to the villa, but says he is single because he is "career focussed" and "wanted to enjoy myself and do all the things I wanted to do."
He added: "I now feel that I’m emotionally ready to say, ‘I’m now ready to find someone.’"
From: North London
Expect a character with hairstylist Tanyel Revan, who describes herself as bringing "energy, confidence" and being "funny, loud, feisty, charismatic".
On why she is a great choice for the show, the ever-modest Tanyel added: "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?"
Her celebrity crush is Channing Tatum so let us see if anyone can dance to Pony in the house!
On being single, Tanyel noted: "I’m single because I’m so fussy. When it comes to dating, I’ve had bad experiences but also good experiences, which have moulded me into who I am today."
Job: Airport security officer
Dear John movie fan Shaq Muhammad is ready for love after not having much luck in the past.
"I haven’t had the best luck with previous relationships," revealed Shaq. "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."
However, Shaq is quick to fall in love, noting: "I’m the type of person that wears my heart on my sleeve. If I find someone I click with, I fall very hard, very fast. Sometimes that can be a bad thing. I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse."
Reflecting on his relationship history, Shaq noted: "I have dated, but no-one’s just clicked fully on all levels with me. I’m not one to rush into a relationship if I don’t feel like it’s right for me. I’m not saying you have to tick every single box, we just have to vibe and be on the same level.
"So, until I meet someone like that, I’m going to stay single."
Job: Ring girl and actress
Olivia Hawkins has had a few brushes with famous faces in her time but now she's set to be a star of Love Island.
"I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life," revealed Olivia. "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."
When asked what she would bring to the villa, showbiz-veteran Olivia said: "I’ll bring fun, vibes, I’m a very confident, bubbly person... maybe a little bit of drama!"
Olivia has been unlucky in love but added: "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."
However, when pressed on why she is single, Olivia said: "Out of choice and maybe because in the past I’ve had commitment issues - but I’d say it’s mainly just the wrong boy, wrong time."
Current Love Island 2023 couples
The following islanders are currently in official couples for Love Island 2023.
- Shaq Muhammad and Tanya Manhenga
- Will Young and Jessie Wynter
- Ron Hall and Tanyel Revan
- Tom Clare and Samie Elishi
- Kai Fagan and Olivia Hawkins
- Casey O'Gorman and Lana Jenkins
- Jordan Odofin and Ellie Spence
The following islanders are currently single:
- Claudia Fogarty
Here is more information on all of the islanders so far.
Former Love Island 2023 contestants
Spencer Wilks - DUMPED in episode 21
Job: E-Commerce business owner
Spencer Wilks arrived in the villa on day 10 alongside Ellie Spence, and got first pick of the islanders during the recoupling. He chose to couple up with Olivia, but things didn't work out for them.
In terms of what he was hoping to bringing to the villa, Spencer, who owns a vibrator company, said: "I’m very loving, so I’ll cuddle everyone. I like doing stuff for other people. 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."
Aaron Waters - DUMPED in episode 21
Job: Model and Content Creator
If you recognise Aaron, that's because you've seen him before on Love Island Australia in 2021. He returned to the franchise for 2023 for a second chance at finding love, after being scorned before.
Speaking about his past mistakes, Aaron said: "When I was in the Love Island Australia Villa, I didn’t open myself up to other opportunities that I could’ve possibly had. This time round I want to be testing the waters by being open-minded and giving everyone a chance. In terms of my experience in the previous Villa, I went in there wanting to be myself and I can truly say I felt comfortable in myself in every way so I’d never change it."
Zara Deniz Lackenby-Brown - DUMPED in episode 17
Job: Model and property developer
Zara has high standards, and knows what makes a successful couple, citing her "amazing" mother and father.
The Leo model has plenty of talents which definitely certainly came out in the villa!
"I’m fully trained in ballet, tap and jazz and have singing qualifications which led me to get scouted as a model," she revealed. "I’ve since gone onto do lots of modelling and dancing for music videos for UK and global artists, I’ve worked with people like Hardy Caprio, Headie One, Aitch, Tione Wayne and more."
Haris Namani - DUMPED in episode 10
Job: TV salesman
TV salesman Haris Namani joined Love Island for its 2023 Winter season.
Unfortunately, he was dumped in episode 10.
Haris has not been lucky in love and was keen to change that, saying: "I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me. It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one. I’ve obviously not found the right one myself.""
Anna-May Robey - DUMPED in episode 10
Job: Payroll administrator
Swansea beauty Anna-May Robey was in the villa for one thing: love.
Unfortunately, she was sent home in episode 10 as bombshells at the time, Jessie and Aaron, had to choose the girl and boy who they'd be sending home.
"I want a boyfriend, I want to find someone who makes me laugh," she revealed ahead of her villa debut. "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."
Anna-May describes herself as "energetic", adding: "I’m always running around singing and screaming. My parents are always like, ‘Shut up!’
"I work from home all day so I don’t really speak to people in person for two or three days a week, so when my father comes home, he’ll want to sit down and chill out, and I’m there chewing his ear off! I would definitely say I am a chatterbox."
On her single status, Anna-May noted: "I’m single because I’m fussy and I get the ick easily. I also go for the same type of guy so I need to broaden my horizons, so I hope to do that in the Villa."
David Salako - DUMPED in episode 5
Job: Money Adviser
Popular David has over 3,000 followers on Instagram and often delights fans with his sartorial choices.
The 24-year-old was looking for someone laid-back in the Love Island villa. Unfortunately, David was the first contestant to be dumped from the island after Tanya chose to couple up with Shaq instead of him.
Speaking about his worst date, David said: "I met someone through an app, she was messaging me all the time. When I met her, she said, ‘I’ve been down your social media followers, you follow a lot of girls. Do you know all of these girls? If I was in a relationship with someone, I wouldn’t want them following that many girls.’ I said to her, ‘This is a bit too much for me.’”
Previous Love Island winners
- Jessica Hayes and Max Morley (season 1, 2015)
- Cara De la Hoyde and Nathan Massey (season 2, 2016)
- Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies (season 3, 2017)
- Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer (season 4, 2018)
- Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea (season 5, 2019)
- Paige Turley and Finn Tapp (season 6, 2020)
- Millie Court and Liam Reardon (season 7, 2021)
- Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti (season 8, 2022)
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