Iain Stirling dedicates 'Love Island' BAFTA nomination to Caroline Flack

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Iain Stirling and Caroline Flack arrive at the ITV Gala held at the London Palladium on November 9, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Iain Stirling and Caroline Flack at the ITV Gala held at the London Palladium on November 9, 2017 in London (Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Love Island narrator Iain Stirling has dedicated the show’s BAFTA nomination to late host Caroline Flack.

The ITV2 dating programme is up for the Entertainment Craft Team gong at the awards next month.

Writing on Instagram, Stirling said the nod was for Flack, who took her own life in February at the age of 40.

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“Delighted for everyone involved in the show that we’re up for another BAFTA,” he said.

“On a personal note, to be named here and considered one of the team when all I do is talk into a microphone for a few hours has touched me more than anyone will ever know.

“Well done Love Island!

“Caroline - this ones for you x.”

Flack, who had presented Love Island from 2015 to 2019, died on February 15, triggering an outpouring of grief from fans and fellow celebrities.

The presenter was awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to charges of assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton.

Stirling, whose girlfriend Laura Whitmore took over as the show’s presenter in 2020, was among those to pay tribute after she died.

Sharing a clip on Instagram showing her dancing on Strictly, he said: “Today my friend wandered into heaven. I bet it was in slow motion and sassy as f***. Love you x.”

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He shared another touching tribute after she was laid to rest, writing: “Yesterday we said goodbye to Caroline. It was a small services filled with her friends and family.

“The day was spent sharing stories, singing songs and of course some tears were shed.

“As someone who had the worst FOMO in the world I know Carrie would have hated missing it. And her infectious laugh was painfully absent.

“You were so loved Caz, by so many - I hope you knew that. And I hope you’re now at peace X.”

This year’s summer series of the dating show has been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.