'Married At First Sight UK' announces new series contestants

The cast of MAFS UK 2022. (Channel 4)
The cast of MAFS UK 2022. (Channel 4)

Married At First Sight UK has announced its line-up of contestants for its first ever super-sized series - which will include two LGBTQ+ couples.

The extreme dating show is set to return to E4 this autumn for its second season as the revamped Australian-style reality show, this time running for a much longer 30 episodes.

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With 16 singles signed up to take part, E4 has promised it will be "more dramatic than ever before" and will include plenty of explosive dinner party scenes, where the couples meet weekly for a booze-fuelled evening to thrash out their problems.

Viewers can expect to see Pjay, a member of stripper act Dreamboys in the cast of grooms looking for love, alongside former music industry pro Richie who's written for Russell Watson and performed with Sheryl Crow.

Dreamboys stripper Pjay. (Channel 4)
Dreamboys stripper Pjay. (Channel 4)

Brides include wedding dress designer and former Miss Great Britain April, and twice-divorced ex-dancer Lara.

Also taking part are zero waste shop owner Jenna, Harry Potter superfan Jess, self-proclaimed serial dater "nice guy" Adrian, and Duka, who fled to the UK from the former Yugoslavia when he was 10.

Other grooms announced include Jordan who says he is a "great catch", and mental health care assistant Thomas whose worst nightmare is being described as "nice".

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Joining the brides group are social worker Chanita who has recently come out of a 10-year relationship, PA Whitney who admits to setting impossibly high standards for potential partners, and quantity surveyor Zoe who wants to quit dating and find lasting love.

Quantity surveyor Zoe. (Channel 4)
Quantity surveyor Zoe. (Channel 4)

A number of the cast are already parents - including dad-of-four George, former Mr Ghana Kwame, and Kasia who had her first child at 16 but now that her two children are older is focussing on building her body contouring business - and finding romance.

Returning to offer guidance to the couples once they are matched for marriage are relationship experts Mel Schilling, who also appears on MAFS Australia; Paul C. Brunson; and Charlene Douglas.

This is the first MAFS series in the global franchise to feature two LQBTQ+ couples, after Matt and Dan - who are still happily together - became the first same-sex couple in the 2021 series.

So far, the couples have not been announced.

Married At First Sight UK will begin on E4 later this autumn.

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