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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Paige Turley and Finn Tapp: TOGETHER
They made their romance official within the Love Island villa, and 2020 winners Paige and Finn are still going strong back in the UK!
Siânnise Fudge and Luke T: TOGETHER
They melted hearts in the Love Island villa when Luke T asked Siânnise to be his girlfriend, and now the couple have moved in together in London.
Demi Jones and Luke M: SPLIT
After leaving the villa in third place, Demi and Luke were continuing to get to know each other, but in May 2020 reports suggested the pair had split.
Jess Gale and Ched Uzor: SPLIT
Although they never went 'official', Jess and Ched continued to date outside the villa, but the pair ended things in May 2020.
Priscilla Anyabu and Mike Boateng: TOGETHER
Despite it taking Mike a while to find the right girl in the villa, he certainly looked smitten when he left just one day before the final with Priscilla. The pair have continued their romance back in the UK.
Molly Smith and Callum Jones: TOGETHER
After breaking Shaughna's heart when he returned from Casa Amor, it looks like Callum made the correct decision, and himself and Molly have moved in together back in Manchester.
Nas Majeed and Eva Zapico: TOGETHER
Nas and Casa Amor girl Eva have continued dating since leaving the villa.
Sophie Piper and Connor Durham: TOGETHER
Although Connor was harshly dumped from the villa, he was true to his word and waited for Sophie to return to the UK. The pair have since enjoyed a number of dates, getting to know each other in the real world.
Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague: TOGETHER
From their first ever date in the hot tub, Tommy and Molly-Mae looked a match made in heaven. With their romance growing stronger in the villa, Tommy asked Molly-Mae to be his official girlfriend, before the pair dropped the 'l bomb'.Now they've left the villa, the pair have moved in together, spent their first Christmas together, and then enjoyed a New Year's holiday to the Maldives!
Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard: SPLIT
After Amy Hart left the villa due to getting her heart broken by Curtis, Irish beauty Maura wasted no time in expressing her feelings for the ballroom dancer.Curtis chose to couple up with Maura and the pair made it all the way to the final, despite viewers thinking Maura was 'faking' her feelings for him. At the beginning of March 2020, Maura and Curtis announced their split, with Maura admitting things just didn't work out.
Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea: SPLIT
Greg denied dumping Amber by text just five weeks after Love Island, but the pair have officially called it quits. Greg has reportedly since moved on from Amber with athlete Emma Canning, but neither pair have confirmed their romance.
India Reynolds and Ovie Soko: SPLIT
It looked like Ovie wasn't going to find 'the one' during his time in the villa... That was until India entered with just two weeks to go.However, the pair have now split.
Belle Hassan and Anton Danyluk: SPLIT
Belle and Anton couldn't last on the outside world. However, it was rumoured the pair were still seeing each other. Anton has since said their relationship status is "complicated."
Jourdan Riane and Danny Williams: SPLIT
He cracked on with both Yewande and Arabella, but it was model Jourdan that really caught the eye of Danny. Since the pair were dumped from the villa together, they were inseparable, attending a number of events.However, it wasn't to last, as the pair have now split up after Jourdan suggested Danny was "disloyal." Danny has denied cheating on Jourdan.
Harley Brash and Chris Taylor: SPLIT
Despite not knowing each other for every long, Harley and Chris left the villa together, and they later confirmed to Caroline Flack on Aftersun that they are 'dating'. However, just one month later, Chris and Harley were the first couple from the 2019 series to announce their split, admitting they've just not had the time to get to know each other.
Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer: SPLIT
Dani released a statement via Instagram Stories (how very 2018) announcing the winning 2018 couple had SPLIT, before they got back together and announced a second break-up (for good) on April 3rd 2019.Dani now has a new boyfriend, Sammy Kimmence, and Jack has recently become a father to a beautiful baby girl.
Zara McDermott and Adam Collard: SPLIT
Zara and Adam defied the odds for a number of months, however, the pair announced they'd split on Valentine's Day in 2019! Zara is now dating Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson.
Sam Bird and Georgia Steel: SPLIT
You know how this one went. Sam accused Georgia of cheating on him with her ex, which she denied. It's safe to say they didn't split on the best of terms.
Megan Barton-Hanson and Wes Nelson: SPLIT
Megan and Wes did move in together, but announced their split in January 2019. Although Wes went on to date 2019 Islander Arabella Chi, in April 2020 it was reported that the pair had called their romance a day.
Josh Denzel and Kaz Crossley: SPLIT
Josh and Kaz announced their split in February 2019, with Kaz saying, "Sometimes things don't go the way you planned, but you have to be grateful for the journey. Thank you for everything especially showing me how to love myself again."
Samira Mighty and Frankie Foster: SPLIT
Frankie reportedly cheated on Samira and that was that. Done. Over.
Laura Anderson and Paul Knops: SPLIT
There's no bad blood between Laura and Paul, but they split months after making it to the final of the show.
Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies: SPLIT
The Love Island 2017 winners split in December 2017; five months after the finale.
Olivia Attwood and Chris Hughes: SPLIT
Since their ITVBe show Crackin' On ended, Olivia's confirmed she's back with ex-boyfriend Bradley Dack, who has now proposed.Meanwhile, Chris recently split from Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson.
Gabby Allen and Marcel Somerville: SPLIT
Gabby dumped Marcel after he was spotted 'cheating' as they holidayed TOGETHER.
Montana Brown and Alex Beattie: SPLIT
These two split just weeks after returning to the UK. Sad times.
Dom Lever and Jess Shears: STILL TOGETHER
Jess and Dom are so together, in fact, they got 'married' on Good Morning Britain on Valentine's Day 2017. They then got, y'know, properly married.The loved-up pair also welcomed their first child at the end of 2019, a baby boy!
Jamie Jewitt and Camilla Thurlow: STILL TOGETHER
An absolute success story of Love Island 2017, Jamie and Camilla and Jamie are still the CUTEST of couples.In May 2020, Jamie and Camilla announced they are expecting their first child!
Tyla Carr and Jonny Mitchell: SPLIT
Oh it was never gonna last, was it?
Katie Salmon and Adam Maxwell: SPLIT
Adam claimed he was '100 percent single' shortly after leaving the villa and, um, that was that.
Scott Thomas and Kady McDermott: SPLIT
Scott and Kady managed a year before splitting in 2017.
Nathan Massey and Cara de da Hoyde: STILL TOGETHER
The 2016 Love Island winners are now married and they've got a baby boy called Freddie together. The couple recently announced they are expecting their second child!
Hannah Elizabeth and Jonathan Clark: SPLIT
Remember when they, like, got engaged on the show? That one didn't quite last...
Sam Gowland and Georgia Harrison: SPLIT
Sam seems to be doing alright for himself on Geordie Shore, so we don't think he's too gutted. He is now on/off dating Chloe Ferry.
Malin Andersson and Terry Walsh: SPLIT
He did date fellow Love Island-er Emma-Jane Woodhams eight months in actual real life before calling it a day.
Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland: STILL TOGETHER
Alex and Olivia are married and literally as strong as ever. We like to live vicariously through them, to be honest.
Jessica Hayes and Max Morley: SPLIT
Still fancy Max in a huge way, not gonna lie. However, he's now dating Love Island 2018 star Laura Andersson.
Jordan Ring and Zoe Brown: SPLIT
Absolutely DID NOT work IRL. Neeext.
Rykard Jenkins and Rachel Fenton: SPLIT
At least they lasted 18 months. Not bad going...
Luis Morrison and Cally Jane Beech: SPLIT
They had the first ever Love Island baby, but these two split not long after the birth.
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.