Leeds barber joins Love Island cast

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A young Leeds barber has his eye on the ladies of Love Island after joining the cast of the ITV reality show.

Simon Searles, 28, was unveiled as a new contestant last night and has flown to the show's luxury villa in Majorca for filming.

Known as Si, he grew up in Leeds and works at the Union Barbers in Hyde Park.

The university graduate is a keen boxer and has modelled sportswear for online fashion site Asos. He is also an aspiring actor who attended drama school as a teenager, and has had several TV roles as an extra.

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