Love Island's Iain Stirling arrives in Cape Town to join girlfriend Laura Whitmore and start work on the show

LOVE Island's Iain Stirling has arrived in Cape Town to join girlfriend Laura Whitmore and start work on the show.

Ian famously dates the programme’s new host and touched down in South Africa as he prepared to reprise the role of voice over artist on the new series.

The 31-year-old took off from Heathrow Airport yesterday, and today landed at Cape Town International Airport following the long-haul flight.

Iain kept his headphones on as he walked through the busy airport and headed into a taxi to the city, where the cast line-up are currently waiting to enter the villa this Sunday.

The comedian appeared tired having spent hours in the air, but managed to wave to photographers who spotted him in arrivals.

The star flew separately to his long-term girlfriend, who landed in South Africa yesterday, and cut a stylish figure in a sassy leather jacket, trainers and jam jar shades.

Laura was met by Love Island staff wearing Crew T-Shirts, and had her Love Island suitcase in tow.

She had managed to squeeze in an outfit change en-route and was seen sporting a leather jacket, T-Shirt and trainers.

Ever the fashionista, she accessorised with a gold necklace and jam-jar sunglasses.

She was seen flashing a huge smile as she met members of the Love Island crew, but is no doubt feeling the pressure after replacing former host Caroline Flack on the ITV2 dating show.

Laura nabbed the role over other frontrunners Rochelle Humes, Maya Jama and Vick Hope.

And she was dragged into a Channel 4 race row as a result – but dismissed criticism aimed at ITV for choosing her over a person of colour.

In an exclusive interview, she told The Sun's Andy Halls: “I think all of them are brilliant hosts. And I’m friends with everyone.

“I think the most important thing is for everyone to be in the room and everyone to have an opportunity. It’s the same when it comes to the gender pay gap. I just think it comes down to you should get paid what you’re worth.

“It doesn’t matter what your gender is, what your race is, everyone is equal and everyone should have equal opportunity.”

Laura also hinted that if she hadn’t met Scottish funnyman Iain, she wouldn’t have been throwing her name in the hat for the ITV2 series.

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