Love Island 2016 cast – where are they now?

From Zara Holland and Adam Thomas to Kady McDermott and Malin Andersson

love island 2016 lineup

by Emmeline Saunders, Hannah Mellin, Polly Foreman and Ben Pulsford |
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We'll be honest, year after year we're guilty of calling the most recent series of Love Island 'our favourite series yet', but we're totally lying. As much as we adore a fresh helping of hotties sizzling in the Majorca sun, and do enjoy each and every series, an elite series reigns supreme and has not yet been beaten.

We're of course talking about Love Island 2016 aka series 2. This is not up for debate, btw; unless you're fighting in the corner of runner-up Love Island 2019, in which case we're willing to listen, but are unlikely to be swayed.

Series 2 gave us the likes of Alex Bowen (of the massive peen), Olivia Buckland, Nathan Massey and Cara De La Hoyde, and let's face it, the whole thing was a little less manufactured and produced and, as such, a little wilder. It looked like Love Island, but felt like Big Brother; these days, Love island looks like Love Island with the best angles and the best filters and about as much diversity as you're going to find in a bag of Milky Buttons. We still love, it's just not the same, is it?

After a dramatic AF series that saw Zara lose her Miss Great Britain crown for having sex on TV, Cara and Nathan were crowned the winners. Let's take a trip down memory lane and remind ourselves of the cast.

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Love Island 2016 cast

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Zara Holland: Love Island 2016

**Zara Holland - entered on day one, chose to leave on day 22

Zara Holland entered the villa on day one, as one of the five OG girls and originally coupled up with Scott Thomas before he dumped her for bombshell Kady McDermott. Zara then coupled up with Daniel Lukakis and Adam Maxted before quitting the villa on day 22.

Zara left the show after finding out that her mum had been hospitalised just days after she was stripped of her Miss GB title for having sex with Alex Bowen. At the time, she said, "I'm so sad to leave the villa but it's important for me to get home and spend time with my mum while she gets better. I've had the time of my life on Love Island and would like to thank all of my fellow Islanders and the production team for all their support.”

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Zara Holland: TODAY

**Zara Holland - where is she now?
These days, Zara runs her own boutique called Mimi Boutique. Zara announced her engagement to long-term boyfriend Elliot Love, shortly after he popped the question during a romantic trip to Dubai earlier this year. According to reports, Elliot got down on one knee and asked Zara to marry him when they vacayed in the UAE in January and the pair hosted a swanky engagement party to celebrate with their nearest and dearest in February 2022. In July 2023, Zara and Elliot tied the knot.

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Malin Andersson: Love Island 2016

Malin Andersson – entered on day one, dumped on day 25

Malin Andersson entered the villa a make-up artist, making it clear from day one that she was looking for a "a man, not a boy". She starred on ITV's Take Me Out four years before Love Island but kept turning her light off because she was "way too fussy". After getting together with Terry Walsh, Malin was dumped from the island. She then dramatically came back in to confront Terry after he then got with Emma Jane Woodhams. What a time.

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Malin Andersson: TODAY

**Malin Andersson - where is she now?
In June 2018, The Sun Online revealed that Malin was expecting a baby with Tom Kemp. On New Year's Day 2019, Malin revealed that she had sadly given birth to her daughter prematurely. Malin went on to become a motivational speaker and release a self-help book and her own podcast. In 2022, Malin took to Instagram to share the exciting news that she and her partner had welcomed a daughter called Xaya.

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Cara De La Hoyde: Love Island 2016

**Cara De La Hoyde - entered on day one, WINNER (day 45)
Prior to entering and winning Love Island, Cara De La Hoyde was an international circus performer. Cara got together with Nathan Massey on day one and stayed together until they were crowned winners of series 2. This was a true Love Island love story.

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Cara De La Hoyde: TODAY

Cara De La Hoyde - where is she now?

Cara and Nathan left as a couple, but in April 2017 the pair split. They reunited once again after Cara fell pregnant with their first child, Freddie, and married in summer 2019. They welcome their second child, Delilah, in 2020. These days, the icons are together and stronger than ever and Cara is living her best life. She is also co-owner of Embroidery By FJ.

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Sophie Gradon: Love Island 2016

**Sophie Gradon - entered on day one, walked out day 39

Prior to taking part in Love Island 2016, Sophie Gradon won the title of Miss Great Britain In 2009. She coupled up with Tom Powell, then Katie Salmon after he left. Sophie ended up leaving the show to be with Tom after getting together with Katie Salmon. She was the show's first ever LGBTQ+ contestant. Tragically, Sophie passed away at her parents house on 20 June 2018 at age 32. After an inquest, it was found that she had died after taking her own life.

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Olivia Buckland: Love Island 2016

**Olivia Buckland – entered on day one, RUNNER-UP

Olivia Buckland got together with Alex Bowen on the show (after the Zara incident) and they came runners-up on the show, after Cara and Nathan.

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Olivia Bowen: TODAY

**Olivia Bowen – where is she now?
Well, for starters, she's now called Olivia Bowen. Olivia and Alex are the definition of relationship goals, because they became the first couple on the show to get married. In December 2016, Alex and Olivia went to away to New York for Olivia's birthday in January. On 31 December, Alex surprised Olivia and proposed to her as a serious commitment to her. And they celebrated the New Year as each other's fiancées. Nearly two years after getting engaged, the couple got married in September 2018, and went on to release their own TV series on TLC called Olivia and Alex: Happily Ever After, after releasing a one-off special Olivia and Alex Said Yes in 2018. In June 2022, they welcomed their first child into the world.

Work-wise Olivia keeps herself busy renovating her gorgeous home and sharing pics on @thebowenhome on Instagram. She also runs an equestrian Instagram account, showing off her horse, Dolly. She has also launched a property empire with Alex. In summary: she's bossing it.

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Scott Thomas: Love Island 2016

**Scott Thomas – entered on day one, 3RD PLACE

Scott Thomas' brothers Adam and Ryan Thomas are huge soap stars, so Scott took part in Love Island to "do it on his own". He got together with Kady McDermott on the show, but the pair split up in 2017.

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Scott Thomas: TODAY

Scott Thomas – where is he now?

These days, Scott is owning his 'zaddy' status as well as bossing life as the Director of PR company, The Social PR, and co-founder of health brand, Food4Thoughts. He also has a podcast called Learning As I Go. He is now working on a career as a presenter.

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Tom Powell: Love Island 2016

**Tom Powell – entered on day one, DUMPED on day 33

Tom Powell got together with Sophie Gradon on the show, but was voted off the Island on day 33. Poor Tom.

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Tom Powell: TODAY

**Tom Powell – where is he now?
These days, Tom is a successful lifestyle coach and bodybuilder. In April 2022, the Love Island 2016 took to social media to share a video of himself having open surgery on his chest. Ever the oversharer, Tom livestreamed (a whole hour and sixteen minutes) of himself getting gyno removal surgery.

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Nathan Massey: Love Island 2016

**Nathan Massey – entered on day one, WINNER

Nathan Massey, a carpenter from Essex, entered the villa on Day 1 and was crowned the winner alongside his now wife Cara De La Hoyde on Day 45.

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Nathan Massey: TODAY

Nathan Massey – where is he now?

Nathan went on to marry and have two babies with his Love Island queen (and ours), Cara De La Hoyde. These days, Nathan is an influencer, off-and-on carpenter and the most adorable daddy. He is also an avid golfer.

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Rykard Jenkins: Love Island 2016

**Rykard Jenkins – entered on day one, chose to leave on day 15
Personal trainer and aesthetic practitioner Rykard Jenkins walked out of the show after Rachel Felton – who he was coupled up with – was voted out.

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Rykard Jenkins: TODAY

**Rykard Jenkins – where is he now?
In 2017, Rykard went on to star in Ibiza Weekender season 6. He is now Aesthetic Practitioner & Director of Rejuvenation Clinic. He's also the cousin of Love Island 2023 winter star Lana Jenkins.

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Kady McDermott: Love Island 2016

**Kady McDermott – entered on day three, 3RD PLACE
Kady McDermott entered the villa on day three as a bombshell. She reached the final of Love Island alongside her now ex-boyfriend Scott Thomas.

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Kady McDermott: TODAY

**Kady McDermott – where is she now?
Since Love Island, Kady has stayed firmly in the reality TV world, having enjoyed a stint on TOWIE. She also dated axed TOWIE star Myles Barnett. They couple bought a house together and sparked engagement rumours before announcing their split after dating on and off since 2019. As well as being busy as a model and influencer, Kady has returned to the Love Island 2023 villa.

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Adam Maxted: Love Island 2016

**Adam Maxted - entered on day 11, 4TH PLACE
Adam Maxted entered the villa a 24-years old personal trainer from Belfast. He entered the villa as a bombshell on day 11 and made it all the way to the final with Katie Salmon. He was renowned for his spats with love interests Katie Salmon and Liana Isadora Van Riel.

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Adam Maxted: TODAY

**Alex Maxted – where is he now?
Alex and Katie split almost immediately after exiting the villa. Adam is still as HENCH as ever, but he’s now a silver fox. Adam is now a professional wrestler and has a huge focus on fitness and bodybuilding.

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Katie Salmon: Love Island 2016

**Katie Salmon – entered on day 34, 4TH PLACE
Katie Salmon entered the villa a month into the show (34 days to be precise). During her time on Love Island she made history with Sophie Gradon when they coupled up and became the first same sex couple. However when Sophie decided to leave the show, Katie decided to recouple with Adam Maxted and the pair came in fourth place.

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Katie Salmon: TODAY

**Katie Salmon – where is she now?
Katie split from Alex almost immediately after exiting the Love Island villa. Katie and Adam ended up splitting two weeks after they returned to civilisation. Katie has since dated Danielle Whittaker - but the pair split months later. Katie is often seen partying in Ibiza and loves to flaunt her enviable figure in tiny bikinis on Instagram. These days she is making mint on OnlyFans.

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Emma Jane Woodham: Love Island 2016

Emma Jane Woodham – entered on day 27, DUMPED on day 41

Emma-Jayne Woodham entered the villa during week 3, just two days after Malin Andersson was booted from the show, and instantly coupled up with Terry Walsh. Despite Malin warning Terry that Emma-Jayne was "mugging him off and playing a massive game", they had sex on TOP of the covers and they left the villa together in a relationship.

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Emma Jane Woodham: TODAY

Emma Jane Woodham – where is she now?

Eight months after their ITV stint and Emma-Jayne and Terry called it quits but Tez insisted they were "good friends". Five months after their break-up, Emma-Jayne reunited with her ex-boyfriend Jordan Bye and revealed they were expecting their first child together. Unfortunately, things were not to last and weeks after welcoming her baby boy Alfie into the world, Emma-Jayne announced she'd split from her baby daddy. Now, Emma-Jayne has a new beau, who she appears to be very loved-up with.

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Terry Walsh: Love Island 2016

Terry Walsh – entered on day 3, DUMPED on day 41

Terry Walsh joined the original Islanders on day three and hit it off with Malin. Despite their highs and lows, Malin thought they'd last, but two days after she was booted from the villa he moved on to Emma-Jayne... A couple of the girls called Terry out (Malin, who re-entered the villa to confront, also slammed him) but that didn't stop his budding new relationship. Before leaving the show, Terry and Emma had sex on TV and in front of their fellow Islanders who were awake. Because that's how 2016 did it.

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Terry Walsh: TODAY

**Terry Walsh – where is he now?

Terry and Emma-Jayne's relationship lasted eight months which is pretty long compared to some of the Love Island 2018 couples relationships. Following their split, Terry seems to have kept up with his fitness routine. He shares a daughter – called Talia Rene Rose – with his partner, Danielle Purdy.

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Adam Jukes: Love Island 2016

**Adam Jukes – entered on day 34, DUMPED on day 41

Before going on Love Island waaaaay back in 2016, Adam Jukes was a recruitment consultant. He started the show on good terms because the viewers actually voted for him to go into the villa. While there he coupled up with Lauren Whiteside but things ended shortly after they left the show. He is currently expecting a baby with his partner Megan and recently announced that he was teetotal.

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Lauren Whiteside: Love Island 2016

**Lauren Whiteside – entered on day 37, DUMPED on day 41

Lauren Whiteside joined the villa on day 37 - literally five weeks in - and coupled up with Adam. Unfortunately, things didn't last long between the pair and they split shortly after leaving the villa.

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Lauren Whiteside: TODAY

Lauren Whiteside – where is she now?

Following her stint on Love Island 2016, Lauren has travelled and shared tonnes of pictures from her time abroad on Instagram. She's also in a relationship and has shared snaps alongside her partner on social media, who she married in 2022.

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Tinna Stinnes: Love Island 2016

**Tina Stinnes – entered on day 20, DUMPED on day 40

Tina Stinnes entered the villa and after she took Scott Thomas on a date, she instantly got on the wrong side of Kady McDermott who screamed at her (as she was heading out on her date), "You're a c--t and your dress is SHIT!" Tina moved on to Adam Maxted but during a recoupling he choose Katie Salmon over her and it was the end of the road for Tina.

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Tinna Stinnes: TODAY

**Tina Stinnes – where is she now?

Since leaving Love Island, Tina returned to Made in Chelsea (she starred on the show in the seventh series and dated Spencer Matthews) and started seeing Alik Alfus. She then dated footballer Marouane Fellaini and Jackson Mawhinney. She is co-founder of sustainable swimewear brand, Litre.

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Oliver Maxwell Fernandez: Love Island 2016

**Oliver Maxwell Fernandez – entered on day 30, DUMPED on day 31 (ouch)
It's literally been years and we're still gutted we only got 24 hours with this hunk of hunks. Poor Oliver Maxwell Fernandez was only in the villa for one day after he failed to couple up with someone.

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Oliver Maxwell Fernandez: TODAY

**Oliver Maxwell Fernandez – where is he now?
Luckily the model has a public instagram account. Follow him immediately – you'll be thanking it for Love Islands to come.

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James Khan: Love Island 2016

**James Khan – entered on day 18, DUMPED on day 20

James Khan was only in the show for a few days but after Kady McDermott rejected him, his time on the ITV reality show was quickly up.

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James Khan: TODAY

**James Khan – where is he now?

He may have only been on the show for a week but James has over 152k followers on Instagram which is quite a lot considering he was on the show back in 2016. He regularly posts topless photos, he shares his fitness and diet plans and has an Only Fans page. From the looks of his Linktree he's keeping himself very busy.

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Rachel Fenton: Love Island 2016

Rachel Fenton – entered on day 7, DUMPED on day 15

Rachel Fenton joined the villa on day seven and fell for Rykard Jenkins but she was left devo when Caroline Flack revealed he got 'intimate' with Olivia Buckland the day AFTER they spent in the hideaway. Despite the slight hiccup in their relationship they made a go of things again but were dealt another setback when the viewers voted Rachel off the show.

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Rachel Fenton: TODAY

**Rachel Fenton – where is she now?

After she was booted from the island, Rachel was left in tears but luckily Rykard was quick to follow after her and the pair continued their relationship outside of the villa. Rachel and Rykard lasted almost a year and a half which is VERY long considering they met on a TV show. Rachel has since returned to her day job as a trauma and orthopaedic nurse. The blonde beauty is now in a loved-up relationship with her new partner and living in Dubai.

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Javi Shephard: Love Island 2016

**Javi Shephard - entered on day 1, DUMPED on day 6

Javi was the first contestant to leave the Love Island villa back in 2016 (bless him) after he failed to couple up with someone. Remember he begged Zara to choose him but she opted for Daniel instead?

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Javi Shephard: TODAY

**Javi Shephard – where is he now?

After leaving the villa, Javi threw shade at all the girls on the show by saying he was "too cultured" for them. Judging by his Instagram account he's found a lady who likes to travel and see the rest of the world. They appear to have met shortly after he left the villa back in 2016. Good for him.

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Malia Arkian: Love Island 2016

**Malia Arkian – entered on day 7, REMOVED on the same day

Malia Arkian was in the villa for literally a day. ONE DAY. She took Scott Thomas on a date but things kicked off when Kady McDermott "accidentally" split wine on her legs. The pair started a screaming match and it wasn't long before Malia shoved Kady. She was escorted out of the villa by security.

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Troy Frith: Love Island 2016

**Troy Frith – entered on day 30, DUMPED on day 37

Troy - who previously dated Geordie Shore's Marnie Simpson - was definitely a blink and you'll miss it contestant. He didn't even get a chance to know Katie Salmon before he was kicked off the show by Lauren Whiteside. Bless him.

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Daniel Lukakis: Love Island 2016

**Daniel Lukakis – entered on day one, DUMPED on day 15

Daniel was an original Love Island cast member and at first he coupled up with Olivia Buckland but when that fizzled out he got together with Zara Holland. It wasn't to last and two weeks into the show he was booted from the island.

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Liana Isadora Van Riel: Love Island 2016

**Liana Isadora Van Riel - entered on day 20, DUMPED on day 33

Liana was a stripper before going into the villa and just days into her stint she slammed Adam Maxted for his out of date comments on how he would, "Bang her and then choose Tina." She later coupled up with Adam but they were separated when they were voted, by the rest of the contestants, as one of the weakest couples. Liana and Tom Powell then received the fewest votes from the public and left the island.

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