Love Island host 2023: Who is Maya Jama?

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Viewers loved watching Maya Jama present winter Love Island UK 2023, and after proving to be a hit with fans, she’s back to host the summer series — here’s everything to know about the reality dating show’s iconic host.

Hit ITV reality show Love Island is back for a second time this year for its summer 2023 series, with a new cast entering the villa in an attempt to find love and be in with a chance of winning £50,000.

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Laura Whitmore had been known as the host of the dating show after three seasons of hosting, as she took on the role following Caroline Flack’s tragic death in 2020. But in 2022, Laura announced that she would be stepping down as host of the wildly popular series.

Speculations quickly started about who would step in to fill Laura’s role. A few months after the end of the 2022 series, it was announced that TV star Maya Jama would be hosting the winter edition of the show at the beginning of 2023.

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Maya has now returned to host her second series of Love Island — here’s everything you need to know about her.

Who is Love Island UK’s Maya Jama?

Maya Jama is a 28-year-old presenter from Bristol, who has hosted a number of different popular television and radio shows throughout her career, with credits including “The Circle,” “Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star,” and her eponymous BBC Radio 1 show “Maya Jama.”

Jama was announced as the new Love Island host in October 2022, much to the delight of fans who couldn’t wait to see the star take on the huge role. And after her huge success in the winter season of the show, she soon announced that she would be returning for the summer series of the show as well.

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In an interview with The Times ahead of the 2023 winter season, Jama said: “Once you start doing TV, you meet a lot of producers, through different shows, and the heads will be aware of talent. That’s weird, to call yourself talent, isn’t it? I talk for a living. It’s not exactly tap dancing everywhere or performing a ballad.”

“So I think I’ve always been in their eye line, but I was super young when the presenter shifts were happening in the past.”

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Jama went on to reveal that she didn’t have to audition for the role of Love Island host, and that she said yes “straight away.”

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