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Birkbeck law student prepares to enter Love Island villa

Sharon Gaffka works as a civil servant and hopes to pair up with an ‘intellectual’

Sharon Gaffka (credit: @sharongaffka)

the island of love returns next week and among the confirmed candidates for the new series is a law student from Birkbeck, University of London.

Sharon Gaffka, 25, from Oxford, is studying law part-time at the University of London, according to her LinkedIn page. She started her degree, which is supposed to focus on public law, in 2018 and is expected to complete it by 2022.

A “future lawyer” according to her Instagram bio, Gaffka also works as a civil servant and has spent an “intense” year working in government departments during the coronavirus crisis.

“I’ve been a civil servant since I was 18. I’ve worked in many different departments,” Gaffka said, before appearing on the show. “I’ve been doing Brexit politics since last year, I did a stint during the coronavirus pandemic at the Department of Health, so I was helping deliver test kits and managing operations. It’s been an intense year!

the island of love bosses were reportedly keen to recruit ‘key workers’ for this year’s series following the success of doctor Alex George and lawyer Rosie Williams when they appeared as contestants on the show’s fourth series meetings in 2018.

Gaffka, who is currently operations manager for the Department of Transportation, has held positions at the Legal Aid Agency and the Department of Justice in recent years.

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On why she decided to take part in the show, which sees contestants “teaming up” to find romance and potentially win prize money, Gaffka said:

“It’s been a bit of a running joke between my group of friends for a while that I should apply, probably because I’m the most outrageous of the group. But also because of the Covid and the confinement, I am the only single person in my group of friends. They are married or plan to marry. I don’t want to be the only one in group chat who is single anymore!”

Gaffka, who won Miss International UK in 2018, also revealed what she was looking for in a future partner, teasing that she wanted someone taller than her and being ‘a pretty intellectual person’ , someone who can match that.

Gaffka is not the first to have a legal mind the island of love candidate to appear on the show. University of Limerick law graduate Greg O’Shea won the show’s fifth series, which also featured Leeds Beckett law graduate Lavena Back. The previous series saw Rosie Williams, who at the time was a newly qualified barrister at a Manchester law firm, grace our screens. Since leaving the Spanish Villa, Williams has launched a line of avocado-inspired clothing. The show itself is narrated by Iain Stirling, a law graduate from the University of Edinburgh.

Series seven of Love Island begins Monday, June 28 at 9 p.m. on ITV2.