Love Island’s Olivia Hawkins approached Max Bowden before entering the villa

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

It appears Michelle Keegan’s look-alike has been flirting online with EastEnders star Max Bowden for the past few weeks.

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

Flirt: It appears Michelle Keegan's look-alike has been flirting with EastEnders star Max Bowden since the New Year

Flirt: It appears Michelle Keegan’s look-alike has been flirting with EastEnders star Max Bowden since the New Year

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

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

The EastEnders star began following Olivia as she returned the favor and sources said she was “clearly into him”.

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

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

A source told The Sun: “Max and Olivia have been hanging out and keeping an eye on how each other is doing.

“She was very impressed that Max had taken such an interest in her and was excited to tell all her friends about it.

“She’s clearly into him. They’ve grown closer.”

Max, highlighted from the same source, isn’t the only familiar face who likes her pics.

Getting closer: A source told The Sun:

Getting closer: A source told The Sun: “She was very impressed that Max was taking such an interest in her and excitedly telling all her friends about it. “She’s clearly into him. They’ve grown closer

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

The brunette sensation also flirted on a speed date with former Love Island contestant 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 is “fun and tall”.

Olivia had an impressive career as an actress, singer and dancer long before Love Island.

On joining the villa, she clarified: “I definitely keep my love life and my career separate. I don’t go on the show to advance my career.

Commitment issues: On the show, the Brighton beauty claimed she has

Commitment issues: On the show, the Brighton beauty claimed she has “commitment issues” and that her ideal man is someone who is “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 I’m really ready now to settle down and hopefully have the love of my life to find. ‘

As for why she’s single, she added, “By free choice and maybe because I’ve had commitment issues in the past — but I’d say it’s mostly just the wrong boy, at the wrong time.”

She once appeared in a scene alongside Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas in the iconic James Bond film No Time To Die in a raunchy costume that included a black corset and feathered headpiece.

The TV personality studied professional dance and musical theater at the prestigious Bird College in Sidcup, Kent, where the likes of Spice Girls star Mel C, former EastEnders actors John Patridge and Jonny Labey attended.

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

Looking for love: “I definitely separate my love life from my career. I don't go on the show to advance my career,

Looking for love: “I definitely separate my love life from my career. I don’t go on the show to advance my career,” she said

Olivia has also made a name for herself after appearing as body doubles for the likes of Michelle Keegan and Emma Watson.

Other references include Acorn TV’s Queens Of Mystery and Netflix Top Boy and a Mystery Project at Bovingdon Studios in Hertfordshire.

She already has a number of reality star friends including Sam Faiers and was even a backup dancer for Charli XCX at a concert at Wembley Arena.

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

With record-breaking viewership, the final Love Island series, which aired in summer 2022, became the most watched series of all time on the ITV Hub with 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 the iconic James Bond film No Time To Die in a raunchy costume that included a black corset and feathered headdress

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

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Greg Norman

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