Laura Whitmore: everything you need to know about the Love Island host

She’s the woman of the moment


by Hannah Mellin |

Love Island wouldn’t be what it is without the lovely Laura Whitmore, who has been one of the most recognisable voices and faces on the telly for years now. Not only is she loved for her presenting skills, she’s also open, honest, funny and has a legion of fans on social media.

Let’s delve into Laura’s life so far and go back to where it all began for the Irish beauty.

Who is Laura Whitmore?

Always destined for our screens, Laura is known for being a television presenter, radio and podcast host, author and model. She’s most known for fronting I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Now!, Love Island, Survival of the Fittest and Love Island: Aftersun. She is also a team captain on ITV2’s Celebrity Juice alongside her mate Emily Atack.

After competing in a competition to be the face of MTV News in 2008, Laura hosted bulletins and red carpet coverage on the popular channel in Ireland and Europe, up until 2015. Over the years, Laura has had presenting stints on a number of shows including BBC’s Eurovision and ITV’s This Morning.

In 2016, Laura competed on Strictly Come Dancing and was partnered with Giovanni Pernice, eventually becoming the sixth celebrity to leave the competition. In 2021, Laura penned a self-help book titled No One Can Change Your Life Except For You.

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How old is Laura Whitmore?

Laura was born on 4 May 1985, so that makes her 36-years-old.

Where is Laura Whitmore from?

She was born in Dublin and grew up in Bray County Wicklow. She studied Journalism at Dublin City University before moving to London.

Who is Laura Whitmore married to?

Since March 2017, Laura has been dating comedian and TV presenter Iain Stirling and they moved in together in December 2018. They got secretly married in 2020 in a non-religious ceremony in 2020 at Dublin City Hall. Their dog Mick even helped them down the aisle. So cute!

On 1 January 2020, Laura took to Instagram to announce their marriage alongside the most beautiful pictures. She wrote, "A year ago Iain asked me to marry him and we had the most magical, perfect ceremony. We loved having it to ourselves. We had been planning the perfect celebration and I will forever be so thankful that’s what we got. We have never spoken publicly about our engagement or wedding. Back at the time we never felt the need to say anything as it’s all such a personal experience. "

Laura and Iain revealed that they were expecting their first child together back in 2020 by posting a picture of a Guns N Roses babygro on Instagram.

"Iain and I are expecting a baby early 2021. It’s been hard to keep such happy news quiet,” she wrote.

"Especially the times when I’ve had to run out of live radio to get sick in a bin or my penchant for a bowl of mashed potato in the morning."

Laura gave birth to a baby girl in March 2021 and have been sharing snaps (not including her face) ever since. The little one is reportedly named Stevie Ré - a nod to Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks and her Irish heritage.

The adorable pair are also currently starring on the Celebrity version of Gogglebox on Channel 4 and are providing all the LOLs.

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When did Laura Whitmore join Love Island?

Laura stepped in host Love Island after her beloved friend Caroline Flack stepped down in 2019.

She continued present the show in 2020 following Caroline’s tragic death in February 2020. Laura will front the next series when it comes back to our screens on Monday 28th June.

When joining the show, Laura said that she wanted to "do it for Caroline".

Speaking about her death in 2020, Laura said, “I’m still working through the grief of Caroline’s passing. The past six months are a blur.

“I haven’t fully coped with it,’ she admitted, adding: ‘I don’t think I ever will.’

Where can I find Laura Whitmore on social media?

For all the positivity, couple goals and amazing outfits, go follow Laura at @thewhitmore.

Her Twitter is also @thewhitmore.

We can't wait to have her back on her screens for a summer of luuuuurve.

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