Love Island 2021 full line-up

A contestant with a physical disability is among the newly-announced Love Island line-up, which also includes a civil servant, a model and a luxury events host.

Hugo Hammond, 24, a PE teacher from Hampshire, was born with clubfoot and previously played cricket for the England Physical Disability team.

He joins the new crop of contestants for the ITV2 series, which airs on June 28.

Speaking about his cricket career, he said: “I’ve actually played cricket for England PD (Physical Disability). I’ve been to Bangladesh, Dubai, I’ve been everywhere to play cricket.

“I was born with clubfoot. I had lots of operations when I was a kid. You can only really tell when I walk barefoot. I’ve got a really short achilles heel. I walk slightly on my tip toes”.

He said of his job: “I teach secondary school PE. Absolutely love my job. I love all my sports. It’s great to be able to pass on that enthusiasm to be physically active to the younger generation and hopefully they feel the same about me teaching them.”

In 2018, contestant Niall Aslam left the series early, later explaining on social media that he had Asperger syndrome, a form of autism that can make it difficult to cope with change or stress.

Also hoping to find true love in the villa this year is civil servant Sharon Gaffka, who is taking part because she does not want to be the “only one in the group chat that is single anymore!”

The 25-year-old from Oxford, who is an operations lead for the Department for Transport, said of taking part in Love Island: “It’s been a bit of a running joke between my friendship group for a while that I should apply, probably because I’m the most outrageous one out of the group.

“But also because of Covid and the lockdown, I’m the only single one in my friendship group. They’re either married or planning on getting married. I don’t want to be the only one in the group chat that is single anymore!”

Talking about her job, the former beauty queen and Young Women’s Trust ambassador said she has been a civil servant since the age of 18.

She said: “I’ve worked in lots of different departments. I’ve been doing Brexit policy for the last year, I did a stint during the coronavirus pandemic in the Department of Health so I was helping deliver testing kits and managing the operations. It’s been an intense year!”

Another contestant in the line-up is 24-year-old Aaron Francis from London, a luxury events host, who said of his job, including ‘working at royal weddings’: “Yeah, Eugenie and Beatrice’s over the summer. I hosted and chatted. It was nice and intimate. Everyone’s chill. In my job you meet a lot of famous people… unless you’re Beyonce, I’m not really interested.”

They are joined by Jake Cornish, a 24-year old water engineer from Weston-super-Mare, who said his celebrity crush is reality TV star Billie Faiers.

He explained: “She is my dream woman. I think for a laugh once with the boys, I messaged her. I can’t remember what I messaged her. She’s a lady, she’s just lush”.

Fashion blogger Kaz Kamwi, 26, from Essex, said she wants to take part in Love Island because she’s “ready to be in a relationship”, while model Shannon Singh said being in the dating series was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.

Singh, 22, from Fife, explained: “I used to be a glamour model when I was 18/19. I loved those days, I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of, they were my glory days. Now I’m more on Instagram/ YouTube. I’ve done a bit of commercial modelling. I can DJ as well.”

Nando’s waitress Liberty Poole, 22, from Birmingham, who is also a marketing student, described herself as a “girls’ girl”.

Asked if she had seen any awkward dates while working at Nando’s, she said: “I’ve had people try and rinse me for a date at Nando’s, get the discount and stuff.

“But I’ve never had a date in one. I’ve had a few things happen at work. I’ve had a napkin shaped as a rose given to me which was cute, that was when I first started working there, and then I’ve been proposed to.

“It was a bit unexpected! He was on his own, he’d come into the restaurant every week and he got down on one knee and was like: ‘Will you marry me?’ But in his hand, it was a charity support badge not a diamond ring or nothing. So I was thinking, that’s one way of saying I’m a charity case when it comes to love!”

This year’s series sees Laura Whitmore return as host and it will be the first time the ITV programme has aired since last year’s summer series was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new series starts on June 28 at 9pm and airs on ITV2 and the ITV Hub.

Sharon Gaffka

Beauty queen Sharon, 25, has been described as 'outrageous' by friends

Beauty queen Sharon, 25, has been described as ‘outrageous’ by friends (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Age: 25

From: Oxford

Job: Civil Servant – Operations Lead for Department of Transport

Why take part in this series: “It’s been a bit of a running joke between my friendship group for a while that I should apply, probably because I’m the most outrageous one out of the group.

“But also because of COVID and the lockdown, I’m the only single one in my friendship group. They’re either married or planning on getting married. I don’t want to be the only one in the group chat that is single anymore!”

Tell us about your job: “I’ve been a civil servant since I was 18. I’ve worked in lots of different departments. I’ve been doing Brexit policy for the last year, I did a stint during the Coronavirus pandemic in the Department of Health so I was helping deliver testing kits and managing the operations. It’s been an intense year!”

Ideal partner: “I have this thing where if something doesn’t work out with one person, I’ll try and go for the other extreme to see if that works out. 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. I’m quite an intellectual person so I want someone who can kind of match that.

Liberty Poole

Nando's waitress Liberty, 21, is keen to find love with an 'alpha' male

Nando’s waitress Liberty, 21, is keen to find love with an ‘alpha’ male (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Age: 21

From: Birmingham

Job: Nando’s waitress & Marketing Student

Why take part in this series: “I’ve never had that nice, happy relationship so I think it will be nice and something for me to experience. Obviously I want the best summer ever because we have been in lockdown for a year so it would be nice to go away and enjoy the sun and make friends as well.

“I’m excited, I’m a bit of a social butterfly so I love to meet new people. I’m a girls’ girl as well so I can’t wait for the girly friendships. It’s going to be fun!

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Tell us about your job: “I’ve had people try and rinse me for a date at Nando’s, get the discount and stuff. But I’ve never had a date in one. I’ve had a few things happen at work.

“I’ve had a napkin shaped as a rose given to me which was cute, that was when I first started working there and then I’ve been proposed to. It was a bit unexpected!

“He was on his own, he’d come into the restaurant every week and he got down on one knee and was like, ‘Will you marry me?’. But in his hand, it was a charity support badge not a diamond ring or nothing. So I was thinking, that’s one way of saying I’m a charity case when it comes to love!

Ideal partner: “ So I like tall, alpha male, confident, a cheeky chappy sort of guy. But obviously that’s always usually combined with player types, which is where I go wrong. So I am trying to change my ways and go for more of a nicer guy that is going to treat me right.”

Hugo Hammond

Hugo Hammond, 24, will be the show's first disabled star

Hugo Hammond, 24, will be the show’s first disabled star (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Age: 24

From: Hampshire

Job: PE teacher

Why take part in this series: “I’ve been single for a while now. With the current climate, it’s been really hard to get back into dating. I saw it as an opportunity to have an amazing fun summer and put myself back out there.”

Tell us about your job: “I teach secondary school PE. Absolutely love my job. I love all my sports. It’s great to be able to pass on that enthusiasm to be physically active to the younger generation and hopefully they feel the same about me teaching them.”

Cricket career: “I’ve actually played cricket for England PD (Physical Disability). I’ve been to Bangladesh, Dubai, I’ve been everywhere to play cricket. I was born with clubfoot. I had lots of operations when I was a kid. You can only really tell when I walk barefoot. I’ve got a really short achilles heel. I walk slightly on my tip toes.”

Aaron Francis

Aaron Francis, 24, is looking for his very own Beyonce

Aaron Francis, 24, is looking for his very own Beyonce (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Age: 24

From: London

Job: Luxury events host

Why take part in this series: “I’ve been single for about six or seven months and the dating world at the moment is a little bit off. Everyone’s wearing masks. You can’t really see anyone which makes dating a lot harder. I do prefer relationships than dating.”

Tell us about your job: “Yeah, [worked at] Eugenie and Beatrice’s [royal wedding] over the summer. I hosted and chatted. It was nice and intimate. Everyone’s chill. In my job you meet a lot of famous people… unless you’re Beyonce, I’m not really interested.”

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Ideal partner: “ 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.

“I don’t like when people are doing a job just to make money and then they kind of just live for the weekend. Especially because I work on the weekends.”

Shannon Singh

Shannon, 25, isn't ashamed of her glamour model past

Shannon, 25, isn’t ashamed of her glamour model past (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Age: 22

From: Fife

Job: Model

Why take part in this series: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you’re lucky enough to participate in the show, why would you not? And hopefully meet an exciting hunk.”

Tell us about your job: “I used to be a glamour model when I was 18/19. I loved those days, I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of, they were my glory days. Now I’m more on Instagram / YouTube. I’ve done a bit of commercial modelling. I can DJ as well.”

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Ideal partner: “I don’t feed off looks, I feed off energy, I need someone with personality. Just someone I can have fun with. I’m a party girl, I love going out, I’m very social.

“For me it’s quite hard to find people who are genuine and looking for what you’re looking for. I’m not just going to go with anyone because they’re convenient. 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

Engineer Jake, 24, wants to find his own Billie Faiers in the villa

Engineer Jake, 24, wants to find his own Billie Faiers in the villa (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Age: 24

From: Weston-super-mare

Job: Water engineer

Why take part in this series: “ I was in a relationship for seven years and then when lockdown hit, I was single. The opportunity is there, you might as well take it by the horns and go for it.”

Celebrity crush: “ My ideal woman is Billie Faiers. She is my dream woman. I think for a laugh once with the boys, I messaged her. I can’t remember what I messaged her. She’s a lady, she’s just lush.”

Ideal partner: “ 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. This is why I don’t trust anyone. Someone who is loyal really. But when I’m single, I like having a good time!”

Kaz Kamwi

Fashion blogger Kaz, 26, likes meeting new people and is ready for a relationship

Fashion blogger Kaz, 26, likes meeting new people and is ready for a relationship (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Age: 26

From: Essex

Job: Fashion blogger

Why take part in this series: “ I like meeting new people, I’m ready to be in a relationship. Why not be in a place where people are looking for the same things as me?”

How friends and family describe you: “ 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!”

Worst ever date: “A guy asked me out for dinner and he was ‘mystery dining’ the restaurant. I will never get over the fact that he made me pay, while he got to eat for free and he made me sit there while he did his review.”

Brad McClelland

Nana's boy Bradley McClelland, 26, is hoping to find love in the villa

Nana’s boy Bradley McClelland, 26, is hoping to find love in the villa (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Age: 26

From: Northumberland

Job: Labourer

Why take part in this series: “I want to date face-to-face, I like meeting people. I’m easy going, laid back. Who wouldn’t want to be in a nice villa in a hot country for a while?”

Tell us about your job: “I try and make as much money as I can by doing as little as possible. [My colleagues] probably say – not lazy, as I’m energetic – I just try to get away with doing literally nothing.”

Ideal partner: “ Sommer Ray from Instagram. Zara McDermott, she’s a good-looking lass. Or Megan Fox.”

Chloe Burrows

Chloe Burrows, 25, is hoping to find romance after 'awful situationships'

Chloe Burrows, 25, is hoping to find romance after ‘awful situationships’ (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Age: 25

From: Bicester

Job: Financial Services Marketing Executive

Why take part in this series: “I’ve been in awful ‘situationships’ and stuff so I just thought, why not?!”

How would friends describe you: “Funny. I’m always the funny one in a situation. I always try and make everyone laugh. Outgoing, I’m quite bubbly and always doing something.”

Ideal partner: “ I like a good build. I go to the gym. I want someone who is funny. Really funny and caring and will do nice little things for you. And then obviously someone who you can depend on to not ditch you.

“Because I am quite a big character and quite loud, they would have to be as loud, if not more. I could never be with someone who is quiet. Someone that gives you a bit back.”

Toby Aromolaran

Semi-pro footballer Toby, 22, has never been in a relationship before

Semi-pro footballer Toby, 22, has never been in a relationship before (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Age: 22

From: Essex

Job: Semi-pro footballer

Why take part in this series: “I’ve never been in a relationship. I thought, ‘If Love Island can’t find me a relationship then no one can’.”

Tell us about your job: “I’ve played football since I was about six, but it’s really come into a new light for the past year since I joined a team called Hashtag United. They’re very social media focused. Everything is on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Playing with them has really made me fall in love with the game again.”

How family describe you : “Optimistic. I always see the bright side in the worst situations. I’m a fun guy when I go on a night out. Responsible guy as well.”

Faye Winter

Faye Winter, 26, was the final Love Island star to be confirmed for the line-up

Faye Winter, 26, was the final Love Island star to be confirmed for the line-up (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Age: 26

From: Devon

Job: Lettings manager

Why take part in this series: “In the last year we haven’t been able to experience anything. I’m open to anything. 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.”

Tell us about your job: “I’m a lettings manager and I’ve got an amazing team. I go out and do valuations, win business for the company and I’ll do the odd viewing and find tenants.

“My main role is the sales side of things. I absolutely love it! I’ve actually only taken a sabbatical from work because in my ideal world, I’d love to go back to work. I try to make it as Selling Sunset as possible. I’m definitely there in the mini dresses, boobs out, bum out, turning up and you can see the wives say to their husband, “You’re staying outside”. It’s so fun.”

How family describe you: “ I would like my own estate agency or my own charity shop. I want someone who I can go on holidays and stuff with for the next couple of years, and have a really fun time. And then start thinking about kids and serious things in three or four years’ time.”

*Love Island returns next Monday at 9pm on ITV2