Who Is Laura Whitmore? Meet New Winter Love Island Host Dating Iain Stirling
20 December 2019, 11:29 | Updated: 20 December 2019, 11:31
Get to know Irish TV presenter Laura Whitmore, who is replacing Caroline Flack for winter Love Island.
Irish TV presenter Laura Whitmore has been announced as the new host of Love Island and Aftersun, for the 2020 winter series.
Laura, 34, will be joining her boyfriend Iain Stirling in South Africa in the New Year to front the show after Caroline Flack stepped down following her arrest on 13 December.
But who is Laura, what shows has she hosted and how did she meet Iain? We reveal all...
Who is Laura Whitmore?
Laura was born on 4 May, 1985, making her 34 years old at the time of writing.
She grew up in Bray, Ireland, with her two brothers and parents, before moving to Dublin, where she studied journalism at university.
Whitmore then moved over to the US, attending Boston University for a year abroad.
Laura currently lives in London with her beau, Iain.
How long has she been dating Iain Stirling and how did she meet the Love Island narrator?
Laura started dating Scottish comedian Iain Stirling back in July 2017, after meeting him at an ITV bash in 2016.
According to The tabloids, the pair continued to hang out after the event with their mutual friends - including Ore Oduba who Laura did Strictly with.
They were then spotted together at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where Iain was performing.
Since, the pair have made things official, sharing pics of each other on Instagram - it's also been rumoured that the couple moved in together last year.
Laura had previously been linked to Palo Nutini (clearly likes the Scottish accent) and Rory Williams from Sunset Sons.
What TV shows has Laura Whitmore hosted?
She also hosted the I'm a Celeb spin-off on ITV2 between 2011-2015, and took part in Strictly Come Dancing back in 2016.
As well as presenting TV shows, Laura has hosted several music events, including the Isle of Wight Festival coverage, The BRITs Backstage and V Festival.
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I will be hosting Love Island and Aftersun this series. Whhhhaa??? To say I’m excited to be heading to Cape Town to host Love Island, the biggest show on television, is an understatement. I want to thank ITV for trusting me at the helm of this huge show. I wish it was in better circumstances; Caroline is a brilliant host and friend. We’ve spoken a lot in the last few days since she stepped down. She has been very kind to me and strongly pushed me for this role. I’ve watched her host every series and know I have big boots to fill. I will try and do it justice. Above all, I am a massive fan of this show. I’ve never been to a Love Island villa, and I can’t wait to get in there to meet all the new islanders looking for love. The Love Island team are the best in the business… including the voice and heart of the show, Iain. He thought he was getting a holiday away from me...not a chance
The 34-year-old announced she'd be taking over winter Love Island with an excited Instagram post, thanking ITV for "trusting" her to be at the helm of such a huge show.
She also called Caroline Flack "a brilliant host and friend", revealing they spoke in the run-up to announcing the news and that Caroline "pushed her" to take the job.