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Kent's reality stars from Love Island and beyond

Jack Fincham must still be reeling after scooping a share of the £50,000 prize for winning Love Island 2018.

The Swanley lad won the series crown with his partner in the villa Dani Dyer.

But that's after he instantly captured the hearts of the audience for his cheeky comments and instant attraction to Dani, the daughter of EastEnders actor Danny Dyer.

Jack Fincham. Picture: ITV
Jack Fincham. Picture: ITV

Jack joins a long list of people from Kent who have made their mark on reality TV audiences.

Here's just a taste of the county's most significant stars.

Ellie Jones, Love Island, 2018

Fincham kept his girlfriend and co-favourite onside despite having to spend more than a week on the show with his ex-Ellie Jones from Chatham.

Unbeknown to her while she was on the show, Jones was embroiled in controversy when old social media posts appeared to reveal her supporting far-right leader Tommy Robinson.

Medway girl Ellie Jones flew out to join her ex on this year's Love Island
Medway girl Ellie Jones flew out to join her ex on this year's Love Island

"Nasty" Nick Bateman, Big Brother, 2000, 2010

Perhaps the very first infamous reality show star, Bateman earned his nickname after he tried to influence nominations in the very first series of Big Brother, leading to his eviction.

He returned to the show a decade later for its last airing on Channel 4, when producers pulled together memorable housemates from previous years for Ultimate Big Brother.

'Nasty' Nick Bateman from Big Brother 2010
'Nasty' Nick Bateman from Big Brother 2010

Cara De La Hoyde, Love Island, 2016

The former glamour model and circus performer from Gravesend won the second series of the reality sensation Love Island alongside Nathan Massey.

The show lived up to its billing for De La Hoyde, who announced her engagement to Massey, with whom she has a son, earlier this month.

Gravesend's Cara De La Hoyde was a contestant on ITV's Love Island
Gravesend's Cara De La Hoyde was a contestant on ITV's Love Island

Nicole Bass, The Only Way is Essex, 2015-2016, Ex On The Beach, 2017

This serial reality personality joined TOWIE for the 16th and 17th series on ITVBe and returned to screens a year later on Ex On The Beach.

The Essex girl's link to Kent is an unhappy one, having had her former flat in Dartford broken into and trashed while she was on holiday in Las Vegas last year.

Nicole Bass is a former Love island and Towie actress
Nicole Bass is a former Love island and Towie actress

Charlie Brake, Love Island, 2018

The fourth series of Love Island has thrown up plenty of Kent connections, in this case owing to Brake's family fortune.

His grandfather set up food distribution company Brakes in Ashford in 1958, which was sold in 2016 for £2.3 billion, with Brake family having previously sold the business for about £400 million.

Charlie Brake also starred on Love Island
Charlie Brake also starred on Love Island

The Apprentice - various contestants

The Apprentice has seen a wealth of contestants hailing from the county.

From Danny Grant - the former Chatham Town football player who was given the boot in the first show last year, to Mona Lewis from Sittingbourne, who vied for Lord Sugar's attention in the fifth series.

And who can forget Stella English, the feisty Whitstable Apprentice who fought and lost an unfair dismissal claim against Lord Sugar after winning the series?

Stella English from Whitstable
Stella English from Whitstable

Chetna Makan, Great British Bake Off, 2014

Broadstairs-based chef Chetna Makan certainly spiced up the 2014 British Bake Off series - rising to the ranks of the semi finals.

Chetna in the Christmas Bake Off
Chetna in the Christmas Bake Off

So who was your favourite, and what was your most liked Kentish reality moment?


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