Love Island 2023 contestant Kai Fagan is cousin of former Corrie actor Dean Fagan and went to school with England’s Marcus Rashford

The winter series of Love Island is set to return on January 16 with a new batch of hopefuls looking for romance.

And one contestant who already have had a brush with fame is  24-year-old science and PE teacher Kai Fagan.

With his elder cousin Dean, 35, having played the role of Luke Britton in Coronation Street until his character’s demise in 2014.

Love Island 2023 contestant Kai Fagan, 24, is cousin of former Corrie actor Dean Fagan and also went to school with England’s Marcus Rashford

After four years on the famous street his character Luke met a grizzly end when he was burnt to death by villain Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre). 

Kai also revealed before heading into the villa that he was also in the same class at school with England footballer Marcus Rashford, 25.

He said: ‘I went to school with Marcus Rashford and we were in the same class. The school I went to was sponsored by Manchester United – I had so many experiences because of that’.

Exit: After four years on the famous street actor Dean ‘s character Luke (pictured) met a grizzly end thanks to villian Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre)

Explosive: After shooting Luke through the window the vile villain wasn’t done there as he coldly turned back to the car, and shot the petrol tank, engulfing the car in an enormous fireball, burning Luke to death

Marcus became a household name during the pandemic as he fought for less fortunate  children to continue to receive school meals when whilst studying from home.  

Speaking about his love life Kai admitted he’s ‘single by choice’ but is ‘looking for the right girl.’

‘I feel like I have quite high expectations. I don’t feel I should commit to someone unless I’m absolutely buzzing over them, because it’s not fair on them,’ the Manchester based teacher adds.

He says friends and family would describe him as ‘chilled, caring, very impulsive and a good guy. I always put my friends and family first and spend a lot of time with them.’

Player: Marcus became a household name during the pandemic as he fought for less fortunate children to continue to receive school meals when whilst studying from home

Kai is a Jamaican citizen, revealing he played rugby 7s for Jamaica while he still plays semi-professional rugby for Burnage RFC. 

As well as his sporting talents he says he ‘technically has three different degrees and went to three different unis.’

It comes after fans have once again hit out at the lack of diversity in the new line-up, pointing out that the contestants are ‘all size 8, Insta perfect with six packs’.

Twitter commentators have praised the reality series though for the inclusion of the first ever partially-sighted Islander and for casting a model who has the skin condition vitiligo.

One of the main criticisms of this year’s lineup is the lack of body diversity, with the show accused by some of casting the same body shapes ‘year after year’.

Criticism: It comes after fans have once again hit out at the lack of diversity in the new line-up, pointing out that the contestants are ‘all size 8, Insta perfect with six packs’

‘Another #LoveIsland where body diversity is non existent,’ tweeted one follower, with another agreeing: ‘Another year of no body diversity from Love Island, are we surprised ‘#LoveIsland’.

‘Dunno why I was hoping for some body diversity on #LoveIsland this time. I hate commenting on looks but it’s concerning when it’s all insta perfect, six packs and size 8/10’s’. 

‘Do they not realise the influence they have over young people? To teach them that is normal is not ok,’ commented another. 

LOVE ISLAND 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Tanya Manhenga 

Name: Tanya Manhenga

Age: 22

Location: Liverpool

Occupation: Student and model

Something not many people know about her: ‘I have Vitiligo, which is a skin pigmentation, you may not even notice it.’

‘It’s on my lip and I have a stripe on my hair. Not many people know that but I think it’s quite cute.’

‘I don’t care about covering it up all the time, I think it’s a vibe.’

Lana Jenkins 

Name: Lana Jenkins

Age: 25

Location: Luton

Occupation: Makeup artist

Something not many people know about her: ‘In my work as a makeup artist I’ve worked with lots of celebrities.

‘Also, when I was 6-years-old I used to live in Spain and I was in an episode of Benidorm as an extra.’

Anna-May Robey 

Name: Anna-May Robey

Age: 20

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Payroll assistant

Something not many people know about her: ‘I went on a date once and I never saw him again.’

‘We went for food and shared a bottle of wine. As I was speaking to him he fell asleep!’

‘I had to clink his wine glass to wake him up.’

Tanyel Revan

Name: Tanyel Revan

Age: 26

 Location: North London

Occupation: Hair stylist

Something not many people know about her: ‘My celebrity crush is Channing Tatum – I don’t like pretty boys, they give me the ‘ick’ because they always have a crap personality.’

‘Channing Tatum is handsome but not too pretty. He’s manly and he can dance.’

‘If a man can dance I’m in love with him straight away.’

Olivia Hawkins

Name: Olivia Hawkins

Age: 27

 Location: Brighton

Occupation: Ring girl and actress

Something not many people know about her: ‘I did a film with Jason Statham and had a nice 10-minute convo about life.’

‘I’ve been a ring girl for KSI, I played a waitress in James Bond with Daniel Craig and I’ve also been a body double for Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.’

Kai Fagan 

 Name: Kai Fagan

Age: 24

Location: Manchester

Occupation: Science and PE teacher

Something not many people know about him: ‘I’m a Jamaican citizen. Because of that I played rugby 7s for Jamaica.’

‘I play semi-professional rugby now for Burnage RFC.’

‘I’ve technically got three different degrees and went to three different unis.’

Ron Hall

 Name: Ron Hall

Age: 25

Location: Essex

Occupation: Financial advisor 

Something not many people know about him: ‘On meeting me, you’d never know I am blind in one eye.’

‘It was the result of a football injury when I was 8. I’ve got two different coloured eyes, one blue and one green.’

Will Young

 Name: Will Young

Age: 23

Location: Buckinghamshire

Occupation: Farmer

Something not many people know about him: ‘Every night I light a candle and meditate for 20-25 minutes.’

‘A girl I was seeing told me to meditate, I tried it and loved it. I stopped seeing her and carried on meditating!

‘It’s a nice way to self reflect’ 

Shaq Muhammad

Name: Shaq Muhammad

Age: 24

 Location: London

Occupation: Airport security officer

Something not many people know about her: ‘I’m a very emotional person. It can be a blessing and a curse.’  

‘Every time I watch Dear John I cry. 

That’s my favourite film. Any time I’m with someone and they say, ‘Let’s watch a romantic film’, I’m like, ‘How about Dear John, how does that sound?’

Haris Namani

Name: Haris Namani

Age: 21

 Location: Doncaster

Occupation: TV salesman

Something not many people know about her: ‘I’ve never found love. I think this is the show that can help me.’

‘It’s the best opportunity for me to find the girl and find the right one. I’ve obviously not found the right one myself.’

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