Who is Ella Thomas? Meet Love Island 2023 contestant

Love Island’s Ella Thomas reveals connection to Hollywood heartthrob

Ella revealed she’s not only met Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt, after starring in one of his blockbuster movies but has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Burna Boy and Headie One.

It’s officially summer time and of course that marks the return of Love Island once again.

While it may not seem that long since we’ve seen the dating reality show on our screens, the summer edition of the show marks the start of weeks-long debacles and twists that will see a new group of singletons try to find love in the Majorca villa.

Joining the confirmed line-up of islanders for this season is Ella Thomas, a Glasgow-based model who has some famous connections and may be familiar to some people from appearing in a music video or two.

But what can we expect from Ella in the villa? Read on for everything you need to know about Ella Thomas.

Ella Thomas – key facts

Age: 23

Job: Model

Instagram: @ellathomas_

Who is Ella Thomas?

Ella is an award-winning model from Glasgow and is set to get hearts racing in this year’s season as the confident Scot takes to the villa. She was named Female Model of the Year at the Scottish media awards in October 2022 and aside from modelling, has also lent her hand to some other appearances.

She told ITV before heading off to the villa: “I’ve been in a Headie One and Burna Boy music video and I was once an extra in World War Z. I was 12 years old when I filmed it and got to meet Brad Pitt which was cool.”

Why did Ella Thomas want to take part in Love Island?

Like the rest of the islanders, Ella is in the villa to find love and states that she is “the whole package”. She states: “I know what I want in life and I’ve got a big heart.”

As for the one thing she wants her fellow islanders to know about her, Ella says that she’d “let the boys know that I’m wifey material so don’t play with me!”

How old is Ella Thomas?

Ella is 23 years old and from the looks of one of her pinned posts on her Instagram, Ella turned 23 this past April.

Is Ella Thomas on Instagram?

She most certainly is! And from the looks of her Instagram, we can expect glamour and confidence galore with this islander. Her pinned posts on her profile include a range of shots of her on holiday in Miami, as well as celebrating her birthday and the rest of her profile gives a glimpse into her lifestyle of lavish cars, fashion and beachside locations

For now, her profile (like the other confirmed islanders) reads: “I’m off to find love in the @loveisland villa.”

Ruchee Gurung

Age: 24

Job: Beautician

Instagram: @rucheewawo

Ruchee is joining this year’s summer line-up in a bid to find love and admits “I’m a relationship kind of girl, but so far it’s not worked out for me. So I’m looking forward to hopefully finding the right person in the villa”.

She describes herself as “really loyal” and loves “doing nice things for the people that are special to me”. She says that her main ick are “guys with no ambition” but that she also gets it from a lack of fashion sense.

She says: “I also get the ick if I see a guy wearing white jeans and red trainers. Another one is super skinny jeans when they look like leggings. Fashion is such an important thing for me. If I go on a date and the guy isn’t wearing something I like, I’m going home.”

Tyrique Hyde

Age: 24

Job: Semi-Professional Footballer

Instagram: @tyriquehyde

Essex-based Hyde, who is a semi professional football player and son of coach and former professional footballer Micah Hyde. His other claim to fame is being one of the best friends of season 7 Love Islander Toby Aromolaran – the pair grew up together and were in the same class at school.

In terms of what Tyrique is looking for in the villa this year, he remains tight-lipped but does admit that he’s “not afraid to go after what I want” and that he doesn’t sit on the fence. On what he’ll bring to Love Island, the 24-year-old says: “I’ll bring vibes, confidence, good energy and honesty.”

Molly Marsh

Age: 24

Job: Musical theatre performer and social media creator

Instagram: @mollygracemarsh

Move over Gemma Owen – a new celebrity offspring is about to make their villa debut!

Molly Marsh is the daughter of Coronation Street actress Janet Marsh – but the 24-year-old is also a star in her own right, performing in pantos across the country. Molly was reportedly scouted for the show “after visiting the villa in South Africa earlier this year”.

“She was on the tour as an invited guest when she caught the eyes of producers,” a source told The Sun. “Molly made it clear she would love to be a part of Love Island, and she was told to audition. “After going through the process, she’s now a shoo-in to fly to Majorca later this month.”

Speaking about joining why she wants to head to the villa to find love, she admits: “I don’t go out and party and I don’t use dating apps, I’m actually quite old-fashioned, so there’s no better way to meet someone than by going into a Villa in the sun with the potential ‘one’ in there.”

George Fensom

Age: 24

Job: Business development executive

Bedford-based George admits that one of the most important things to him in a partner is drive, saying: “I want them to be passionate about something, whether it’s a job or enjoying trips to the zoo on Saturdays”.

He also admits: “I prefer a girl who is naturally good looking, and someone who has even more banter than me – although I don’t believe that’s physically possible. I think those three qualities make for a perfect mix in a partner.”

He’s also the friend that’s “always dancing and always the one who wants to go out” and says he’s going to “bring dad jokes and dad dancing to the villa”.

Catherine Agbaje

Age: 22

Job: Commercial real estate agent

Instagram: @catherine_agbaje

Self-confessed “always smiling, always happy” islander, Catherine is a fun and a loving character with “so much love to give”. Although many people think her teeth are veneers, she says that something not many people know about her is the fact that they are actually real and she had braces when she was younger.

Her other lesser-known truth is the fact that she has two degrees and she says: “I have my undergrad and my masters in Psychology and Sociology and Real Estate.”

Mehdi Edno

Age: 26

Job: Communications manager

Instagram: @mehdiedno

Splitting his time between Bordeaux and London, Medhi has been rumoured to be the next Davide Sanclimenti in the villa, charming islanders with French and expecting to cause a stir as the “tall, dark and handsome” type that so many islanders are usually after.

Although he’s been busy for the last few years with work and doing his Masters degree, Medhi admits that he’s now ready to find love and says that “looks are important but they aren’t everything”. He’s also looking for “a good sense of humour and someone who is outgoing and up for an adventure”.

Mitchel Taylor

Age: 26

Job: Gas engineer

Instagram: @mitcheltaylor_

This Sheffield-based gas engineer states that he “thrives on being a gentleman”. Looking for love in the villa, he told ITV: “I’ll shower you with flowers, I’ll take you on dates, I’ll fill your bedside drawer with your favourite sweets and chocolate. I’ve been single, I’ve had my fun and now I want to settle down.”

In terms of why he’s single, though? Mitchel admits that he’s “really picky” and is heading to Love Island in order to look for the one. He says: “I’ve got to find the girl that I want to marry and have kids with. I’m nearly 27, I don’t want to play the field anymore, I want to find the one.”

Jess Harding

Age: 22

Job: Aesthetics Practitioner

Instagram: @jesshardingox

The London born aesthetics practitioner says that she has a “heart of gold” – but won’t hesitate to stand up for herself if she needs to. As for why she’s single right now, she admits: “Because every boy is giving me the ick at the moment. I feel like it’s fate because I’m saving myself for Mr Right in the Villa!”

So what do the boys in the villa need to be careful of to not give Jess the ick? “When a guy stunts for money, that’s an ick. Showing off all their designer clothes because most of the time they’re probably fake anyway! Another one is when a boy runs for the train and the train goes without him. Lunch Boxes also – just go to Tesco and get a meal deal!”

André Furtado

Age: 21

Job: Business owner

Instagram: @dre.furtado

Business owner André is one of the youngest singletons entering the villa this season. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t bringing the confidence, saying: “I’m charming, I’m going to bring good looks and some language lessons. I’m going to teach the other Islanders Portuguese, Spanish and a little bit of Creole. I think I’ve got every slice of the pie.”

As for how quickly he falls in love, he added: “I would say I fall too quickly to be honest. When I look at beautiful ladies, before I’ve said hello to them I’ve already fallen in love. I’m already planning the wedding.”

Love Island starts on ITV2 on Monday 5th June 2023 at 9pm

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