Love Island’s Iain Stirling says welcoming baby with Laura Whitmore ‘shifted priorities’

It won’t be long before we’re hearing Iain Stirling’s witty commentary on the Love Island antics on a daily basis. And from the sounds of it, the changes to this year’s villa in Majorca will see the Islanders getting hot and bothered in more ways than one – thanks to the addition of new gym equipment!

At 34, the Scotsman is without doubt one of the most successful comedians of his generation and has built up an almost cult status doing the voice-over for ITV2’s sizzling summer show.

But before the new series kicks off next month, Iain has been busy with other commitments – not least his biggest stand-up tour to date, which ended in Dublin in April. He’s also about to embark on his sixth series hosting madcap entertainment show CelebAbility.

Love Island’s Iain Stirling says welcoming baby with Laura Whitmore ‘shifted priorities’

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And this week he releases his first Amazon Original stand-up special, called Failing Upwards. Yet for all he has going on, Iain is unflappably cool when we catch up with him. And that, in part, is to do with becoming a dad to his gorgeous baby daughter last year.

He and his Irish wife, Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore, 37, welcomed their first child last March but are careful not to share her name or images of her face on social media.

But while he isn’t one for going big on personal stuff, we couldn’t resist trying to quiz Iain on what to expect from this year’s Love Island and how he’s enjoying life as a dad…

Iain and Laura welcomed their first child last March
Iain and Laura welcomed their first child last March

Hi, Iain. So what can you tell us about Love Island 2022? What’s the new villa like?

I’ve not seen the villa. I like to wait and see it on the first day and meet the Islanders for the first time, so I’m like a viewer seeing it for the first time, too.

That’s hard to believe…

No, honestly. That’s my vibe… Or maybe it’s just me being a little bit lazy!

How will this series compare with previous ones?

Well, I imagine if there’s more working-out space it’ll be the sexiest series we’ve ever had!

The voice-over legend admits he worries less about stuff since becoming a dad
The voice-over legend admits he worries less about stuff since becoming a dad

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We hope so! Is there anyone you’d love to see in the villa?

I really want Helen Mirren [laughing]. I just think she’s a really good actor and I admire her. Maybe she could go in with Billy Connolly? He’s a legend.

Do you ever worry about running out of good content to talk about?

No, because every season there have been some absolute blinders – like after Casa Amor when Shaughna told Callum ‘Congrats, hun’ after he recoupled with Molly. Or with the ‘Who kissed who?’ debacle between Georgia and Jack. So I’m always confident there will be great moments.

Love Island and all your other projects keep you busy but you are now juggling work with being a dad. How has that changed you?

It just shifts your priorities. It’s a really good way of helping you realise what’s important. I worry less about stuff. Like, if I was doing a gig, I would worry about the lighting, or maybe being late, and you just leave behind all those little niggles now.

The new series of Love Island kicks off next month
The new series of Love Island kicks off next month

What do you enjoy doing the most with your daughter?

I don’t really want to get into that. But being a dad has been great fun. I’ve just really been enjoying it.

Sure, we understand you and Laura are quite private about that side of your life. It can also change a relationship when people become parents. You referred to Laura recently as your “sunshine”. What exactly did you mean when you said that?

We just enjoy each other’s company and are great friends, and I am just really lucky, I guess. I’m just a very happy man.

This summer, the sixth series of your comedy entertainment show CelebAbility also airs. Did you ever imagine it would be such a success?

For any panel show to last so long feels crazy. We just have a laugh and it’s fun – like a little holiday. And it’s getting better all the time. I think the celebrities understand it more than ever and the prizes are better this year. One is a year-long beer subscription!

And now you’re going global with a new stand-up show on Amazon Prime. How do you stop the success from going to your head?

Well, I’ve got my mum and dad back home and friends there keeping things normal. I also think my stand-up has helped. It’s nothing like being a celebrated actor. It keeps you grounded. It keeps you humble.

How so?

I’ve had people shouting at me, I’ve had people leaving. I’ve had a man dry-humping me! But that’s just life – you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth. I just want to keep improving myself. I like all the things I do, so all I can do is ask myself whether I can do any of it better. And I’ve got no shame any more because I’ve experienced everything.

Iain Stirling’s Amazon Original stand-up special, Failing Upwards, launches on Prime Video on 27 May, while CelebAbility premieres on ITV2 on 16 June. Love Island starts on ITV2 in June

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