Love Island’s Olivia Hawkins was getting close to Max Bowden before entering the villa


Love Island contestant Olivia Hawkins, 27, had love on her mind even before entering the villa.

It seems like the Michelle Keegan lookalike has been having an online flirt with EastEnders star Max Bowden in recent weeks.

The soap star, 28, first noticed Olivia’s sizzling Instagram on New Year’s Day when he liked a picture of her in a racy tight dress.

Flirt: It seems like the Michelle Keegan lookalike had a flirt with EastEnders star Max Bowden since New Year

The actor – who plays Ben Mitchell in the BBC show – is known for his relationship drama.

Max recently split up from co-star Shona McGarty and became dad last year with another ex, Roisin Buckle, as they share a baby boy.

The EastEnders star began following Olivia as she returned the favour, with sources saying she ‘clearly fancies him’.

New Year: The soap star, 28, set his sights on Olivia, 27, on New Year's Day when he liked a picture of her in a racy tight dress and clutching a designer bag

New Year: The soap star, 28, set his sights on Olivia, 27, on New Year’s Day when he liked a picture of her in a racy tight dress and clutching a designer bag

A source told The Sun: ‘Max and Olivia have been sharing exchanges and keeping an eye on how each other has been doing.

‘She has been very impressed that Max showed such a keen interest in her and has been telling all her friends excitedly about it.

‘She clearly fancies him. They’ve been growing closer.’

The same sourced highlighted Max is not the only known face to be liking her pictures.

Growing closer: A source told The Sun: 'She has been very impressed that Max showed such a keen interest in her and has been telling all her friends excitedly about it. 'She clearly fancies him. They've been growing closer'

Growing closer: A source told The Sun: ‘She has been very impressed that Max showed such a keen interest in her and has been telling all her friends excitedly about it. ‘She clearly fancies him. They’ve been growing closer’

EastEnders Zack Morris, 24 – who plays Keegan Baker in the soap – has complimented her on her snaps.

The brunette sensation also had a flirt on a speed-dating with former Love Island contest Jack Fowler on YouTube in 2019.

On the show, the Brighton beauty claimed she has ‘commitment issues’ and that her ideal man is someone who’s ‘funny and tall’.

Olivia proved to have an impressive career as actress, singer and dancer long way before Love Island.

About joining the villa, she clarified: ‘I’m definitely keeping my love life and my career separate. I’m not going on the show to further my career.’

Commitment issues: On the show, the Brighton beauty claimed she has 'commitment issues' and that her ideal man is someone who's 'funny and tall'

Commitment issues: On the show, the Brighton beauty claimed she has ‘commitment issues’ and that her ideal man is someone who’s ‘funny and tall’

Olivia is hoping to find romance on this winter’s Love Island, saying: ‘I’m 27 and I’ve never been in a relationship so I feel like now I’m really ready to settle down and hopefully find the love of my life.’

On why she’s single, she added: ‘Out of choice and maybe because in the past I’ve had commitment issues – but I’d say it’s mainly just the wrong boy, wrong time.’

She  once appeared in a scene alongside Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas in legendary James Bond film No Time To Die in a raunchy costume, which included a black corset and feathered headdress.

The TV personality studied a degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre at the prestigious Bird College in Sidcup, Kent which has seen the likes of Spice Girls star Mel C, former EastEnders actors John Patridge and Jonny Labey attend.

The self-claimed singer and dancer has starred in music videos for Craig David and DJ Tom Zanetti as well as play as a waitress in James Bond alongside Daniel Craig.

Seeking love: 'I'm definitely keeping my love life and my career separate. I'm not going on the show to further my career', she said

Seeking love: ‘I’m definitely keeping my love life and my career separate. I’m not going on the show to further my career’, she said

Olivia has also carved out a name in her own right after acting as body doubles for the likes of Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.

Other credentials include Acorn TV’s Queens Of Mystery, as well as Netflix’s Top Boy and a mystery project at Bovingdon Studios in Hertfordshire.

She already has a string of reality star pals including Sam Faiers and has even been a backing dancer for Charli XCX at a Wembley Arena concert.  

The ninth series of Love Island will be hosted for the first time by Maya Jama , after Laura Whitmore stepped down from the position following former presenter Caroline Flack’s tragic death in 2020.

Record-breaking viewing figures saw the last series of Love Island, which aired in summer 2022, become the most-watched series ever on ITV Hub, amassing over 269 million streams.

Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning and Controller, ITV2, said: ‘So, rather than just serving up a Summer of Love, we thought we’d make 2023 the Year of Love with two full series of the show.’ 

Career: She once appeared in a scene alongside Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas in legendary James Bond film No Time To Die in a raunchy costume, which included a black corset and feathered headdress

Career: She once appeared in a scene alongside Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas in legendary James Bond film No Time To Die in a raunchy costume, which included a black corset and feathered headdress

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