One of Love Island‘s latest contestants worked at the world-leading pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which was one of the major companies to roll out a Covid vaccine.

Brainy hunk Ikenna Ekwonna – who graduated with a Biomedical Science degree from Nottingham Trent – worked at the multinational as a Remote Primary Care Accounts Specialist.

The newly unveiled reality star, 23, appears to have specialised in Cardiovascular Renal Metabolic (CVRM) work.

Beauty AND brains: Ikenna Ekwonna, 23, worked at the world-leading pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which was one of the major companies to roll out a Covid vaccine

Beauty AND brains: Ikenna Ekwonna, 23, worked at the world-leading pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which was one of the major companies to roll out a Covid vaccine

Beauty AND brains: Ikenna Ekwonna, 23, worked at the world-leading pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which was one of the major companies to roll out a Covid vaccine

The chiseled, six-pack bearing Ikenna has also worked at Walgreens Boots Alliance – another pharmaceutical company – before.

Ikenna, from Nottingham, declares he’ll bring ‘spontaneity and excitement’ to the villa.

‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone,’ he says. ‘I’m not really shy to speak to people and I don’t really care too much about what people think.’

Smart: The brainy hunk - who graduated with a Biomedical Science degree from Nottingham Trent - worked at AstraZeneca as a Remote Primary Care Accounts Specialist

Smart: The brainy hunk - who graduated with a Biomedical Science degree from Nottingham Trent - worked at AstraZeneca as a Remote Primary Care Accounts Specialist

Smart: The brainy hunk – who graduated with a Biomedical Science degree from Nottingham Trent – worked at AstraZeneca as a Remote Primary Care Accounts Specialist

Recalling his most memorable dating experience, the romantic reveals how he once splurged on a luxury holiday for an ex.

‘I took my ex on holiday for her birthday. We went to Barcelona for four nights and I was pretty young then, maybe like 19-20.

‘It was for her birthday so she didn’t know about it. It was quite a lot of money to spend for that age.’

Healthcare hunk: The newly unveiled reality star appears to have specialised in Cardiovascular Renal Metabolic (CVRM) work at the corporation

Healthcare hunk: The newly unveiled reality star appears to have specialised in Cardiovascular Renal Metabolic (CVRM) work at the corporation

Healthcare hunk: The newly unveiled reality star appears to have specialised in Cardiovascular Renal Metabolic (CVRM) work at the corporation

Romantic: Recalling his most memorable dating experience, Ikenna reveals how he once splurged on a luxury holiday for an ex

Romantic: Recalling his most memorable dating experience, Ikenna reveals how he once splurged on a luxury holiday for an ex

Romantic: Recalling his most memorable dating experience, Ikenna reveals how he once splurged on a luxury holiday for an ex

The first Love Islanders have on Monday been unveiled with one week to go until the 2022 series kicks off.

Footballing legend Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma, 19, is headed to Mallorca, joining the ITVBe series’ first ever deaf contestant – model Tasha Ghouri, 23.

The first crop of Islanders will all be unveiled this week as the finishing touches are put on their new villa, ready for the start of the series, presented by Laura Whitmore, on Monday June 6.

Gemma Owen has followed in her dad’s sporting footsteps and is an international dressage rider while she also launched her own swimwear brand last year.

‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer. I was seeing someone and then that didn’t work out so I thought, “Why not?”‘ the 19-year-old reveals. 

'Excitement': Ikenna, from Nottingham, declares he'll bring 'spontaneity and excitement' to the villa

'Excitement': Ikenna, from Nottingham, declares he'll bring 'spontaneity and excitement' to the villa

‘Excitement’: Ikenna, from Nottingham, declares he’ll bring ‘spontaneity and excitement’ to the villa

She says her competitive spirit will help her get what she wants from her summer of love, explaining:

‘Sport has always been a big thing for me and my family. My dad was a professional football player. I’ve competed for Great Britain in dressage since I was 11-years-old.’

Tasha Ghouri, 23, from Thirsk is a model and dancer and the show’s first ever deaf contestant. The blonde beauty, who was born deaf, went viral last year when she showed her cochlear implant in a earring commercial for fast fashion brand ASOS. She said at the time: ‘No matter what disability you’ve got, you can do it’.

Footballing legend Michael Owen's daughter Gemma, 19, is headed to Mallorca for the new series of Love Island

Footballing legend Michael Owen's daughter Gemma, 19, is headed to Mallorca for the new series of Love Island

The ITVBe series' first ever deaf contestant, model Tasha Ghouri, 23, is also looking for love

The ITVBe series' first ever deaf contestant, model Tasha Ghouri, 23, is also looking for love

Our type on paper: The first Love Islanders have been unveiled with one week to go until the 2022 series kicks off. Footballing legend Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma, 19, (left) is headed to Mallorca, joining the ITVBe series’ first ever deaf contestant – model Tasha Ghouri, 23 (right)

The stunner admits that her ‘dating life has been a shambles. This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.’

‘I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone, go on holidays and travel with them.

She adds that her family and friends would describe her ‘as wild. I can get very wild on a night out, I’m definitely a party animal. I love my prosecco and to have a dance – I’m always on the dance floor.’

‘I’m very loyal to my friends and family, I’ll always have their backs. I’m the type of person to put others before me. They would definitely say I’m a nap queen – I love napping!’

Sizzling: 'I am open to finding love, I¿m wanting to have a really fun summer. I was seeing someone and then that didn¿t work out so I thought, ¿Why not?¿' she reveals

Sizzling: 'I am open to finding love, I¿m wanting to have a really fun summer. I was seeing someone and then that didn¿t work out so I thought, ¿Why not?¿' she reveals

Sizzling: ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer. I was seeing someone and then that didn’t work out so I thought, “Why not?”’ she reveals 

‘I think they’d also say I’m inspirational because of my hearing and my cochlear implant. I inspire quite a lot of people because I’m really open about it.’

Despite saying she is loyal, Tash adds that she is ultimately on the show to find love and not to make friends, explaining: ‘It’s a tough one because I’m a girls’ girl but it is a dating show and I’m here to find my man. I may have to step on toes but I’ll do it in the nicest way possible.’

Also joining Ikenna as a fellow healthcare bombshell is paramedic Paige Thorne, 24, from Swansea.

Competitive spirit:  Gemma Owen has followed in her dad's sporting footsteps and is an international dressage rider

Competitive spirit:  Gemma Owen has followed in her dad's sporting footsteps and is an international dressage rider

Competitive spirit:  Gemma Owen has followed in her dad’s sporting footsteps and is an international dressage rider

Success story: Gemma, who owns her own swimwear brand and has followed in her dad's sporting footsteps as an international dressage rider, already has 42.6k followers on Instagram

Success story: Gemma, who owns her own swimwear brand and has followed in her dad's sporting footsteps as an international dressage rider, already has 42.6k followers on Instagram

Success story: Gemma, who owns her own swimwear brand and has followed in her dad’s sporting footsteps as an international dressage rider, already has 42.6k followers on Instagram

She is heading to Mallorca to find love, revealing she is ready for the hunks to ‘come to me now’ after failing to find romance back home: ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find, I’ve tried and there’s just nobody there anymore,’ she insists.

‘I need to break out and broaden my horizons and Love Island just brings everyone together for me. I haven’t got to go out and I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!

‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys so was like, “Right, that’s it. I’m going to focus on me.” Then I was like, “Ok, I’m bored now, I’m lonely and I miss love and the connection and everything else.” I’ve been on a few dates but I just haven’t clicked with anyone.’

On what she thinks she’ll bring to the villa, the bubbly brunette adds: ‘Just positive energy, lots of bubbly energy. I am a good cook and I’m quite mumsy so I’ll look after anyone that needs looking after.’

Here she is! Paige Thorne, 24, from Swansea is heading to Mallorca to find love, revealing she is ready for the hunks to 'come to me now' after failing to find romance back home

Here she is! Paige Thorne, 24, from Swansea is heading to Mallorca to find love, revealing she is ready for the hunks to 'come to me now' after failing to find romance back home

From Wales to Mallorca: Paige Thorne, 24, from Swansea (right) has declared to the hunks ‘come to me now’ 

‘If I had to pick a signature dish, it would probably be a Sunday dinner. My roasties are up there, I think Gordon Ramsay would be impressed – I think he would be like ‘9/10 or 10/10’.

Meanwhile, the brand new Love Island villa finally looks near completion. The original Mallorcan Love Island villa was sold back in March for €3m, (£2.57m) and the new location has been unveiled.

New images last week showed that a fire pit has been constructed inside the new six-bedroom mansion where contestants will gather for eliminations and recouplings.

Single and ready to mingle: Paramedic Paige has declared she's ready for the full Love Island experience: 'In Swansea there is just no-one I can find, I've tried and there's just nobody there anymore,' she insists

Single and ready to mingle: Paramedic Paige has declared she's ready for the full Love Island experience: 'In Swansea there is just no-one I can find, I've tried and there's just nobody there anymore,' she insists

New experience: 'I need to break out and broaden my horizons and Love Island just brings everyone together for me. I haven't got to go out and I haven't got to swipe'

New experience: 'I need to break out and broaden my horizons and Love Island just brings everyone together for me. I haven't got to go out and I haven't got to swipe'

Single and ready to mingle: Paramedic Paige has declared she’s ready for the full Love Island experience: ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find, I’ve tried and there’s just nobody there anymore,’ she insists

This year’s islanders will have plenty of space in the villa’s outdoor area which also features a 20m swimming pool with a stunning view of the Mallorcan countryside.

Workmen were seen roaming around the outdoor area as they put the finishing touches to the property, which has a more rustic feel than the previous villa.

It was revealed earlier this year that bosses for the popular ITV2 dating series had started hunting for a new space in a bid to ‘enhance the show’, after filming at the same property for five years.

New and improved: The brand new Love Island villa finally looks near completion with just one week left to ho until the launch of the new series

New and improved: The brand new Love Island villa finally looks near completion with just one week left to ho until the launch of the new series

New and improved: The brand new Love Island villa finally looks near completion with just one week left to ho until the launch of the new series

The new property sits at the foot of a hill in a rural area of the island. Season one and two of Love Island was filmed at a property in southern Majorca’s Santanyi region before being moved to Sant Llorenç des Cardassar in the north-east.

This year’s contestants will be given inclusivity training, round the clock access to mental health experts and bespoke guidance on how to cope with instant fame as part of an extensive care package implemented ahead of its latest series.

Producers have ensured its latest crop of singletons are given plenty of professional guidance as part of their duty of care protocol – before, during and after their stay in the Spanish villa.

Playing cupid: Love Island bosses have reportedly had to take action after it was suggested that that some hopefuls have been dumping their partners to get on the upcoming series of the show

Playing cupid: Love Island bosses have reportedly had to take action after it was suggested that that some hopefuls have been dumping their partners to get on the upcoming series of the show

Playing cupid: Love Island bosses have reportedly had to take action after it was suggested that that some hopefuls have been dumping their partners to get on the upcoming series of the show

Ahead of this series, contestants will be offered video training and guidance covering appropriate inclusive language around disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, as well as general behaviours and microaggressions.

Pre-filming psychological and medical assessments, including reviews conducted by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and reports from each Islander’s own GP to check their respective medical histories, are also required.

The inclusion training, which Islanders are offered prior to entering the Villa, consists of conversations chaired by BCOMS (Black Collective of Media in Sport) founder Leon Mann MBE.

It also included DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) consultant Hayley Bennett, disability specialist Shani Dhanda and broadcaster Sean Fletcher.

The discussions have been devised to tackle topics including inclusive language, behaviour, creating safe spaces and being a good ally.

Additionally, prospective Islanders will watch a video fronted by the show’s executive producer and head of welfare interviewing former Islanders about their experiences on the show.

This includes details on the two week period before they enter the Villa, how to cope being filmed 24 hours a day, the interaction they will have with producers in the Villa, the support provided to family members, dealing with social media trolling, and adapting to life away from the show.

As always registered mental health professional engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare.

Potential Islanders are also required to fully disclose in confidence any medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the Villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.

The cast will also be told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show – in particular the negative feedback they might receive on social media – and work through this decision-making process with their families.

It comes after Love Island previously addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and host Caroline Flack, tragically died by suicide within a period of 20 months.

Meanwhile, Love Island is reportedly set for another series’ as ‘bosses begin plans for a 2023 winter’ edition, just a week before the summer cast are set the enter the villa.

ITV aired its first winter series in South Africa in January 2020, which was won by Paige Turley and Finn Tapp, having previously started in June every year since 2015.

Love Island starts at 9pm Monday 6th June on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox

LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Paige  Thorne

Name: Paige Thorne

Age: 24

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Paramedic

Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find. 

I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!

‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’

Indiyah Polack

 Name: Indiyah Polack

Age: 23

Location: London

Occupation: Hotel waitress

Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.

Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one. 

I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’

Tasha Ghouri

Name: Tasha Ghouri

Age: 23

Location: Thirsk

Occupation: Model and dancer

Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.

This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time. 

I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’

Gemma Owen

Gemma Owen

Gemma Owen

Name: Gemma Owen

Age: 19

Location: Chester

Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner

Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer. 

I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest. 

If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.

Andrew Le Page

Andrew Le Page

Andrew Le Page

Name: Andrew Le Page

Age: 27

Location: Guernsey

Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.

I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.

I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not?

This is the best time to give it a go.’ 

Luca Bish

Luca Bish

Luca Bish

Name: Luca Bish

Age: 23

Location: Brighton 

Occupation: Fishmonger

Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.

If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates. 

 

 

 

 

Dami Hope

Dami Hope

Dami Hope

Name: Dami Hope

Age: 26

Location: Dublin

Occupation: Senior Microbiologist

Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.

When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.

 I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.

Liam Llewellyn

 Name: Liam Llewellyn

Age: 22

Location: Newport, South Wales

Occupation: Masters Student 

Who is their type on paper? ’22 is a really nice age to meet someone, you’ve got your years ahead of you so you have time to  grow together. 

Love Island is a great opportunity to meet someone, you’re in with a load of different types so you can get to grips with what you really like.’

Davide Sanclimenti

 Name: Davide Sanclimenti

Age: 27

Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)

Occupation: Business owner

Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.

They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.

Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘

Ikenna Ekwonna

Name: Ikenna Ekwonna

Age: 23

Location: Nottingham

Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales

Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone.

Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement.

 I’m not really shy to speak to people I don’t really care too much about what people think.’

Amber Beckford

Amber Beckford

Amber Beckford

Name: Amber Beckford

Age: 24

Location: London 

Occupation: Nanny

Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that show off.

I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.

There was this one guy and he was trying to purposefully show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant!’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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