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Locum pharmacist to appear on ITV reality show Love Island

Anahita Vakili's (fourth from right) former colleague said she is a conscientious pharmacist
Anahita Vakili's (fourth from right) former colleague said she is a conscientious pharmacist

A locum pharmacist will be one of the contestants on the new series of ITV's Love Island, the broadcaster has confirmed.

Anahita Vakili received her pharmacy degree from Kingston University and had worked until recently as a locum pharmacist at RF Blackburn pharmacy in Ascot, KC Pharmacy in Teddington and the Portobello Clinic in Ladbroke Grove, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Filming on the show began in late April, but contestants are sworn to secrecy about their participation until the broadcaster officially unveils them.

“Conscientious and efficient pharmacist”

Commenting ahead of her appearance on the reality show – which airs next Monday (June 3) – Shamir Amlani, pharmacy manager at RF Blackburn, told C+D: “Anna has been a very conscientious and efficient pharmacist. She has impressed us with her ability to get along so well with all members of our staff. We wish her well for the future.”

Gian Miccoli, pharmacy manager at KC Pharmacy, added: “I’m relatively new, but the staff are very complimentary about her. She’s a very conscientious hard-working individual from what I’ve gathered from them, and everyone’s very excited to see her on the show.”

About the show

Love Island brings six single men and six single women together on the Spanish island of Majorca and invites them to couple up with the promise of a £50,000 prize for the viewers’ favourite duo. Contestants are eliminated by public vote over the show’s roughly eight-week run.

In an interview published as part of ITV2’s publicity material for the show, Ms Vakili joked that she has never met a date through working in a pharmacy because the guys are “either really old or sick!”.

For the past three years, Love Island’s main sponsor was Superdrug, but this year food delivery service Uber Eats will take the main sponsor slot. Superdrug still has a role as the show's official suncream partner.

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Interleukin -2, Community pharmacist

Probably the best publicity pharmacy will ever have in decades. Do you have any idea how many millions watch that show worldwide ? I pray she does well else 

Beta Blocker, Primary care pharmacist

Hopefully well enough so that funding is increased?

Interleukin -2, Community pharmacist

Definitely it will put pharmacists on the spotlight..just imagine her on the Graham Norton show ...explaining how badly paid y'all are and how much we re being harrased for "MRU"s ..... that might just start something

Beta Blocker, Primary care pharmacist

I don't blame her... why would you want to stay in pharmacy? Will probably be able to make a comfortable living from tv appearances, post love island.

Peter Smith, Student

If that's not bringing the profession into disrepute then I don't know what is.*

*This comment has been edited to comply with C+D's community principles*

Interleukin -2, Community pharmacist

This is bringing the profession some repute... If theres such a thing 

Adam Hall, Community pharmacist

I believe the original content of the post was questioning the moral standpoint of the programme. I find it hard to disagree, given what restrictions there are on posting on social media. Maybe the young lady is looking for an alternative career from pharmacy, or maybe justs wants her '15 minutes of fame'


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