Meet the Married At First Sight UK contestants
Meet the Married At First Sight UK contestants: A Yugoslavian refugee, a member of Dreamboys and a former Miss Great Britain lead the line-up
- Series seven sees 16 contestants – eight females and eight males – making up the eight couples that will meet on their ‘wedding day’
- Rather than legal marriages, the couples will make a lifelong commitment to one another at a glamorous ceremony
- At the end of the experiment – which will be shown over 30 episodes – each couple must decide if they will recommit to their partner or go their separate ways
- Married at First Sight UK airs on E4 in the UK
Last season saw explosive arguments, affairs – and the show’s first ever gay marriage.
And now Married At First Sight UK is back – and this series promises to be more sexy, shocking and scandalous than ever before.
Ahead of the series seven launch, the 16 singletons who will be walking down the aisle have been revealed – with seven females and nine males making up the eight couples.
While the pairings are yet to be announced, the diverse line-up includes a digital designer, a Yugoslavian refugee, a member of the male dance company Dreamboys and more, who will be followed over 30 episodes on their quest for love.
The series will follow season six in following the Australian format, and rather than legal marriages, the couples will make a lifelong commitment to one another at a glamorous ceremony, overseen by a wedding celebrant, that includes guests, bridal gowns, dancing, speeches and cake.
The cast of series seven of Married At First Sight UK has been revealed! From left to right: Pjay, 31, from Birmingham. Jenna, 32, from Blackpool and Adrian, 37, from Manchester
Zoe, a 30-year-old quantity surveyor from the West Midlands, admitted she’s never been in love. Meanwhile, Whitney, a 31-year-old PA from St Albans, is yet to find a man who ticks all her boxes
Married At First Sight UK is back – and this series promises to be more sexy, shocking and scandalous than ever before
Experts Paul C Brunson, Charlene Douglas and Mel Schilling are back on the show to guide the couples through their Married at First Sight journey
After the ceremony and celebrations are over, true love is well and truly put to the test, as they embark on a luxurious honeymoon, before moving in with each other and their fellow couples.
Relationships will be put under the microscope, by fellow brides and grooms at weekly dinner parties – as well as by the experts, at recurring commitment ceremonies, where couples choose whether they want to stay in or leave the process.
All this and more will build to a dramatic series finale: glossy, high-stakes vow renewals, in which each couple must decide if they will recommit to their partner or go their separate ways, for good.
Across the process, the couples will be matched and guided by returning experts Melanie Schilling, Paul C. Brunson and Charlene Douglas.
In the 2021 series of MAFS UK, the expert panel had an impressive success rate with two couples still together and one of those couples with a baby on the way!
Adam and Taylah, who met and tied the knot on the E4 show last year, announced in April they were ecstatic to be having their first child.
Meanwhile the show’s first ever same-sex couple – Dan and Matt – are also still going strong, having tied-the-knot last year.
But will any of this year’s contestants follow in their footsteps to find true love on the programme? Here FEMAIL reveals the sexy singletons set to marry a total stranger…
Adrian, 37, is a digital designer from Manchester who describes himself as a ‘serial dater’ looking for an upbeat and positive partner. Can he find his match?
OCCUPATION: Digital designer
Adrian is a confident and caring northerner with a heart of gold. He’s a creative person who loves expressing himself through fashion and takes time on his appearance.
He loves socialising on a night out, hosting dinner parties and movie nights at home.
Adrian hasn’t had the best experience with the relationships he’s been in and puts it down to people taking advantage of his nice guy persona.
He says he’s been a serial dater for the last three years, but is now ready to settle down.
He’s looking for an upbeat and positive partner who’ll make him laugh, be up for an adventure and, most importantly, be someone he can trust.
He explained: ‘I hope that this experiment goes really well, and we end up falling in love.’
Duka, 31, from Birmingham, is a HR coordinator who came to the UK aged 10 when his family fled the former Yugoslavia to escape conflict
OCCUPATION: HR Coordinator
Duka has lived in the UK since he was 10 years old, when his family fled the former Yugoslavia to escape conflict.
He arrived not speaking a word of English and was bullied because of it. His struggles growing up had a definitive role in shaping the man he’s become; he finds it difficult to let people in and puts up his guard when people start to get close emotionally.
Nowadays Duka’s a man about town. He says women fall at his feet, but they’re never the right girl.
He finds that the girls he fancies are often superficial and he gets bored of them easily.
Duka loves art and poetry and wants to find an ‘Instagram girl’ that loves looking after herself, but can also have a deep conversation about world issues.
He explained: ‘People see me and think ‘oh he’s a d**k head’…but that’s not the case – people are too quick to judge me.’
Financial advisor George, 40, from Worcester, is a father-of-four who is an old-fashioned romantic and wants a partner who can keep him on his toes
OCCUPATION: Financial Advisor
Father-of-four George is generous, loyal and dedicated to his kids. After divorcing from his wife, George has struggled to find that special someone who he can share his life with.
He loves his life in the countryside and lives with his two eldest children, whilst his two younger daughters live with their mother.
George is content with everything in his life, but there’s something missing – he hopes the relationship experts can solve this for him.
George is a true and old fashioned romantic and was heartbroken when his relationship with his wife broke down. He wants someone who excites him, someone to keep him on his toes and who can be open emotionally.
The single father revealed: ‘I might not be good enough for her. ‘
Jordan, 29, from Darlington, is an account manager who describes himself as a ‘great catch’ who doesn’t wan to settle. Will his bride catch his eye?
OCCUPATION: Account Manager
Jordan is a fun, outgoing guy with a massive sense of adventure. He’s a spontaneous guy who owns his own home, has a great job, is close to his family and does all his own cooking – by his own admission ‘I’m a great catch!’
Jordan’s open about his emotions and feelings. However when it comes to relationships, he is not willing to settle with someone and cruise through life for the sake of being comfortable.
He wants to find true love and a real connection. In the past it has been known for Jordan to overthink situations, and he is not someone to stick around if he believes someone isn’t right for him.
He acknowledges that he’s single because he’s too particular about what he wants and knows he needs to relax and give girls more of a chance.
But Jordan said he does ultimately want to settle down, adding: ‘I want to get married and have kids, and the clock is ticking.’
Kwame, 42, from London, is a business consultant and a self-professed ladies man. This former Mr Ghana 2000 wants to wife not just a match, but a wife
OCCUPATION: Business Consultant
Kwame is a confident and sophisticated business owner who exudes charm and style. He says he’s done it all: he’s travelled extensively, established himself in a successful career, got married, had kids and got divorced.
He’s a self-professed ladies man who can talk the talk and although he admits he’s a bit cocky, he also says he’s a nice guy and not arrogant.
Growing up, Kwame lacked confidence. He puts this down to his appearance, but this changed once he reached college where he bulked up and grew his beard.
With his newfound confidence he entered and won Mr Ghana in 2000 and has never looked back since. Kwame came from humble beginnings, but his father pushed him towards education and he is now a successful bachelor who wants another chance at finding love.
He added: ‘It’s not just a match… ‘ it’s a wife. ‘
A a member of the Dreamboys, Pjay is not short of female attention, but is looking to settle down with someone who can create a peaceful and loving environment
OCCUPATION: Dancer/ Performer
Birmingham boy Pjay wants to find love with someone with whom he can create a peaceful and loving environment.
Pjay is part of the world famous, Dreamboys. He’s never been short of attention, yet he can’t seem to find the right person that he wants to settle down with and his job has been a barrier to finding the right woman.
His ex-partners have struggled with trust, but he’s a firm believer in providing reassurance when he’s off touring and performing for thousands of screaming fans.
His best friends are his mum and his sister. He tells him mum everything and his future wife will need her seal of approval!
Pjay explained: ‘I want to find out who I really am. I’ve got a lot of love to give and I just want to give it 110 per cent’
At 51, sales advisor from Sheffield Richie has been all about his career in the music industry for the past 23 years, and even worked with Sheryl Crow
OCCUPATION: Sales Advisor
Richie worked in the music industry for 23 years, and was constantly on the road, meeting new people, which he credits with keeping him young.
He’s written a song, which appeared on a Russell Watson album, and boasts that he’d be able to get him to perform at his wedding.
Richie has also done session work with Sheryl Crow (… but didn’t manage to get her number).
Richie considers himself to be deep, emotional, a good laugh, clever, and socially and emotionally intelligent.
He explained: ‘I don’t care what the consequences are or what they uncover – never underestimate a man who has got nothing to lose.’
Thomas, 31, from Liverpool, is a mental health care assistant bursting with energy, who wants a partner who will help balance his impulsive side out
OCCUPATION: Mental Health Care Assistant
Thomas is bursting with energy, sarcasm, and bawdy humour and, for as long as he can remember, he’s always loved being the centre of attention.
He’s extremely sociable, unapologetically loud, and not one to back down in an argument. Thomas’ worst nightmare would be for someone to describe him as ‘nice’.
When he enters a room, Thomas is used to having all eyes on him. He’s looking for a partner to help balance him out.
He explained: ‘I’m really concerned they might not like me. That’s ok, but I don’t want to waste their time or my own time.’
AND THE BRIDES…
April, 32, from London, is a dress designer and a former Miss Great Britain, hopes to finally get to design her own wedding dress for once
OCCUPATION: Dress Designer
April is a dress designer and successful wedding dress designer and former Miss Great Britain. However, she’s not so good at finding the right guy; in fact April’s friends joke about her being ‘always the bridal designer, never the bride’.
For April this joke is wearing a bit thin. Determined to change this label, she’s ready to take the plunge and put her love life in the hands of the relationship experts.
April thinks she is the most driven and ambitious person she knows and her friends say she won’t stop until she succeeds in anything she gets involved in.
In her first two Miss GB beauty pageants she came second but, not to be deterred, she came back the next year to win it.
April considers herself a positive, bubbly sociable butterfly, with a ‘live everyday like it’s your last’ ethos, and says her personality can be quite silly and jokey, but also sensitive and empathetic towards others.
April wants someone who won’t mind her being independent and who wants to live life to its fullest with her. It’s a dealbreaker if they don’t love cheese.
She revealed: ‘The experts have a great success rate, so I feel like I’ve got nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain.’
A 29, Derby social worker Chanita has dedicated her life to her work. She just came out of a 10-year relationship two years ago, and feels it’s time to write the next chapter of her love life
OCCUPATION: Social Worker
Chanita is a caring, loyal and protective social worker from Derby. After leaving school, she decided she wanted to spend her life helping young people and has dedicated her life to being a social worker.
She makes friends wherever she goes and is always checking in on them to make sure they’re all okay – lots of people think of her as their best friend.
Having come out of a 10-year relationship two years ago, Chanita feels now is the time for her to meet her future partner.
Other than helping young people through her work, Chanita’s big ambition is to be happily married with a family and a stable home.
She revealed: ‘It’s so hard to pick out the right people, so I thought why not give the experts a challenge and they can do all the hard work for me.’
Zero waste shop owner from Blackpool Jenna, 32, wants to find love, and admitted she doesn’t like dating apps, and says the experiment is the only way for her to find love
OCCUPATION: Zero Waste Shop Owner
Small business-owner Jenna never envisaged herself getting married. She hated the traditional concept of marriage, as it did not sit right with her that traditionally the woman would take the man’s name.
She wants to find love, commit to someone and build a long life together.
She explained: ‘I don’t like dating apps and I don’t go out anywhere to meet anyone, so this is the only way I’m going to find love… hopefully.’
Jess, 31, from Cambridgeshire, is a dental hygienist looking to sink her teeth into a new romance. She admitted she tends to fall fast and hard
OCCUPATION: Dental Hygienist
Jess describes herself as unique, weird, but extremely fun and outgoing. For Jess, the key ingredient to life is laughter and enjoying herself.
She is not afraid to do something that will make her look silly; she will happily get up on a table and start dancing and believes she needs her future partner to match the same energy as her.
Equally, Jess says if she has the hump with someone, then they will know about it. Her face often says it all! If she wants to do something, she will do it and does not necessarily think about the consequences, which has hindered her relationships in the past.
Jess admits that jumping into something quickly does get her in trouble sometimes and she thinks that this is the main reason why she is still single.
She has a habit of moving fast in relationships and tends to skip the ‘dating’ bit.
A self-proclaimed Harry Potter fan, she will happily force her future partner to watch a Harry Potter marathon with her and wear one of her cloaks, even if they hate it!
She said: ‘On dating apps, people just want to get their leg over – they don’t want to settle down. I want to settle down!’
At 36, Londoner Kasia, had her first child aged 16 and says she felt the odds were stacked against her. But she is now a successful mother-of-two and businessman, looking for a man who can take her on
Kasia left school at 16 to have her first child and says she felt that the odds were stacked against her.
However, through sheer graft and determination, Kasia has not only managed to raise two children and have a successful career, but she’s also launched her own business, a successful body contouring clinic.
Now that her kids are older, she’s decided to focus on herself and (hopefully) meet a partner that she can settle down with forever.
She’s a calm, focused, and extremely driven individual who won’t let anything stand in her way until she finds the right guy.
Kasia hasn’t worked a 9-5 since 2015 and loves the freedom it brings. Her appearance is very important to Kasia, she loves makeup and making the best of herself.
Despite being the boss at work, she’s after a man who can take the lead, but shares the same drive and passion that she does.
She said: ‘I’m successful in a lot of other areas in my life and I’ve been through a lot, but the one area that I’m not successful in is my love life. ‘
At 49, Lara, a waitress from Nottingham originally hails from Canada and is twice married and divorced, having led a life of luxury
Canadian ex dancer Lara has lived an extraordinary life. She’s been married and divorced twice and has led a luxury lifestyle.
She once flew from Japan to New York for dinner and was used to spending vast sums on clothes. Her life is very different today though.
Lara’s relationship role models are her parents who have been married for 51 years and are one another’s best friend.
Lara says they are madly in love all these years later. Lara finds herself trying to force every relationship she has to be like theirs, often letting red flags slide to try and make the relationship work.
Although she’s been single for 12 years now, Lara still believes in fairy-tale romance and is forever looking for her prince, to introduce to her two sons.
She confessed: ‘The experts couldn’t pick any worse than I could pick.’
Whitney said she isn’t short of male attention, and has dated a lot of men on a superficial level, but she’s never brought anyone home to her family
HOMETOWN: St Albans
Fun, confident and sexy, Whitney isn’t short of male attention, but in order for her to settle down and commit, a man has got to tick all of her boxes. This has never happened.
After losing her mother, Whitney has had a tough couple of years. Her mum was her best friend, and though she had a strict upbringing, she’s proud it made her the strong and independent woman she now is.
Although she has dated lots of men on a superficial level, she’s never found anyone good enough to bring home to her family.
She has such high expectations for her potential partner and worries she’ll never actually let anyone in.
Now her biggest fear is ending up 50 and single, alone with her dogs! Finally, she feels ready to give someone a chance, and thinks that putting the responsibility of finding her partner into the experts’ hands might be her only solution.
She said: ‘I need to get my s**t together and embrace the situation.’
At 30, Zoe doesn’t want to be a serial dater, works hard and plays harder, but is looking to settle down and eventually start a family
HOMETOWN: West Midlands
OCCUPATION: Quantity Surveyor
Zoe is an outgoing, ambitious and successful professional. She works hard and plays even harder. She describes herself as dominant and assertive but is looking for a genuine connection, someone she can share her softer, more intimate side with.
Having recently turned 30, Zoe no longer wants to be known as a serial dater.
She is bored with the stale repetition of dating and wants to settle down and eventually start a family. Zoe is hoping 2022 will be the year she finally finds true love.
She said: ‘I’ve never been with someone and thought ‘I want to grow old with you’.’
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