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Who is Love Island host Laura Whitmore?

Everything you need to know about the Irish broadcaster.

Laura Whitmore
Published: Friday, 2nd July 2021 at 12:00 pm

ITV's Love Island is back, so you can expect sassy walks from Laura Whitmore as she bursts into the villa to deliver news to the Love Island 2021 contestants.

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This is the presenter's second year hosting show after she took over from the late host, Caroline Flack, who stepped down from the show in early 2020.

Love Island is very much a family affair, as Laura returns with her husband and the Love Island narrator Iain Stirling who has provided the commentary for the series since it began in 2015.

As the series gets underway, here’s everything you need to know about Love Island host Laura Whitmore.

Who is Laura Whitmore?

Hailing from Ireland, Whitmore is a 36-year-old broadcaster with over 10 years’ experience in the television industry. She was also a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016, making it to week seven with partner Giovanni Pernice.

She took over from Caroline Flack in January 2020, hosting the show's first winter series.

At the time, she said: “Caroline is a brilliant host and also a friend. We’ve spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down. She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I’ve watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice."

Where have I seen Laura before?

Whitmore has appeared on a range of ITV entertainment reality shows, having previously presented music interview show The Hot Desk, The Brits Backstage and I’m a Celebrity spin off, Get Me Out of Here! NOW!.

In 2018, she presented ITV2 reality show Survival of the Fittest.

She's since joined Keith Lemon's Celebrity Juice as a regular panelist alongside Emily Atack and Maya Jama.

What was Survival of the Fittest?

Oddly enough, Survival of the Fittest was billed as ‘Winter’s answer to Love Island’ so perhaps Whitmore was always fated to land a role on the show.

The series, which came from the same production company as Love Island, saw a team of boys and a team of girls compete with each other across a variety of mental and physical challenges.

Like winter Love Island, the series was filmed in South Africa – but it didn’t fare nearly as well as its sister show and was cancelled after its debut series on account of poor ratings.

How long have Laura Whitmore and Love Island narrator Iain Stirling been in a relationship?

The pair have been dating officially since August 2017, and they have lived together in their North London home since December 2018.

They share a dog named Mick, and this year they became parents to their first child and also got married - double congratulations, guys!

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Love Island is on ITV2 every night at 9pm, except Saturdays. In the meantime if you’re looking for something to watch, check out our TV Guide or visit our dedicated Entertainment hub.

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