Everything you need to know about this year’s Married At First Sight UK couples

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    Married At First Sight UK has returned to our screens, and you’re probably already totally hooked. If you were one of the many who got through lockdown 1.0 and lockdown 2.0 with a steady daily dose of watching the drama unfold on Married At First Sight Australia, then you were no doubt beyond excited at the news that the new MAFS UK series has been shaken up to look a lot more like the Aussie version.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the E4 reality show that’s become a wonderfully regular fixture over the course of September…

    What is the new series of Married At First Sight UK like?

    If you’re not yet familiar with the concept of MAFS, the first thing you should know is that there is zero dating involved. Willing singles are matched up by experts – Married at First Sight Australia’s Melanie Schilling, Celebs Go Dating’s Paul C. Brunson, and Sex and Relationship Therapist Charlene Douglas  – after tests, interviews and personality questionnaires. Then, they meet for the first time on their wedding day.

    While in previous years on Married At First Sight UK couples would sign a legally binding contract, meaning they were very much officially married, producers have changed things up to look a little more like the Australian version of the show this time around. In the most recent series, the couples walked down the aisle and made a lifelong commitment to their new life partner during a glamorous (but not legal) ceremony. Don’t worry, there were still wedding dresses, bridesmaids, speeches and a wedding celebrant involved. Because we all know that’s the best bit.

    After their ‘wedding’ ceremonies were over, each of the eight couples were sent away on a luxurious honeymoon, before returning to the UK where they moved in not just with each other – but also their fellow couples. Cue. The. Drama.

    Each week, the newlyweds attend (hopefully) explosive dinner parties to compare notes and bond over their shared experience of the out-of-the-ordinary experiment. They also have weekly commitment ceremonies, during which they choose whether they want to stay or leave the show.

    At the end of the experiment, the remaining couples will attend a vow renewal ceremony where they must decide if they want to recommit to their partner or go their separate ways. Yup, we told you it was going to be good.

    When does Married At First UK 2021 start?

    Er, what do you mean?! It’s already started! MAFS UK hit our screens for the first time on E4 at 9pm on Monday, 30 August 2021 and is running for 21 episodes, airing every weeknight. If you’ve missed the first few weeks, there’s no need to worry, all the episodes are available to watch on All4.

    Who are the contestants lined up for Married At First Sight UK this year?

    There were sixteen contestants in MAFS UK 2021 to begin withand the show also made history by welcoming its first gay couple into the experiment. These are the nine men and seven women who we’ve grown to know very well recently:

    MAFS UK: Adam

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Adam

    Age: 26

    From: Doncaster

    Job: Electrician

    Paired with: Tayah

    Honeymoon destination: Antigua

    He says: “Forcing myself into the situation where I have to be with someone – I’m only going to take positives from it. Hopefully I’ll find the right one.”

    MAFS UK: Ant

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Ant

    Age: 28

    From: Manchester

    Job: Business Development

    Paired with: Nikita

    Honeymoon destination: Mexico

    He says: “The best that could happen is that the experts find me a match and it works out perfectly and find our happily ever after. The worst case is it doesn’t work out and I make some new friends and I learn a bit about myself as a person.”

    MAFS UK: Daniel

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Daniel

    Age: 27

    From: Northern Ireland

    Job: Sales

    Paired with: Matt, in the show’s first same-sex couple

    Honeymoon destination: Mexico

    He says: Married At First Sight UK is a big experience and quite nerve racking in many ways, however it is something that will allow me to shift my pattern in terms of relationships and it is a blessing to have the professional and scientific advice that will help me.”

    MAFS UK: Robert

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Robert

    Age: 26

    From: Dorset

    Job: Business Protection Specialist

    Paired with: Megan

    Honeymoon destination: Dominican Republic

    He says: “I want to have fun all the time, so I want someone who wants to go out and do things. Someone who is on my wavelength with how I look at life.”

    MAFS UK: Franky

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Franky

    Age: 47

    From: Dubai

    Job: Strength and Conditioning Coach

    Paired with: Marilyse

    Honeymoon destination: Lake District

    He says: “All my life has been about challenges. I don’t like to do the normal. If anything is normal then I find it boring. I’m not captured unless I’m entertained and challenged – and Married At First Sight UK is a bloody big challenge.”

    MAFS UK: Matt

    Age: 39

    From: West Yorkshire

    Job: Charity Worker

    Paired with: Daniel

    Honeymoon destination: Mexico

    He says: “The reason I’ve come onto the show is because I’m really wanting to meet that special person that I can start building a life with and have a family. I’m really excited.”

    MAFS UK: Jordon

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Jordan

    Age: 27

    From: Cardiff

    Job: Personal Trainer

    Paired with: Alexis

    Honeymoon destination: Maldives

    He says: “My happily ever after would be to learn stuff about myself that I didn’t know before. I want to become stronger as a person and to obviously walk away with a partner and with some new friends.”

    MAFS UK: Luke

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Luke

    Age: 36

    From: Cardiff

    Job: Care Home Manager and Fireman

    Paired with: Morag

    Honeymoon destination: Switzerland

    He says: “I already have more in common with this person than I would do meeting them on dating apps or in the pub. Because they’ve done the same thing, they must be in a similar circumstance to me.”

    MAFS UK: Joshua

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Joshua

    Age: 26

    From: West London

    Job: Insurance

    Paired with: Amy

    Honeymoon destination: Mexico

    He says: “I think marriage has always been on my cards, but I could never see myself getting on one knee, so this is a fast track! Sometimes I need to be kicked into the deep end so for me this is the start of a new chapter.”

    MAFS UK: Megan

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Megan

    Age: 26

    From: Stoke

    Job: Wellness Coach

    Paired with: Robert, AKA Bob

    Honeymoon destination: Dominican Republic

    She says: “My dating history is horrendous, I have terrible taste. Of course, it is a good option to get someone to do it for me. It just felt like an opportunity I couldn’t miss. Each step of the way has felt more and more right.”

    MAFS UK: Amy

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Amy

    Age: 34

    From: Cornwall

    Job: Sports Journalist

    Paired with: Joshua

    Honeymoon destination: Mexico

    She says: “With Married At First Sight UK, either I’m going to find the love of my life or I’m going to learn a really big lesson from it, which might lead me to the love of my life.”

    MAFS UK: Marilyse

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Marilyse

    Age: 37

    From: Yorkshire

    Job: Personal Trainer

    Paired with: Franky

    Honeymoon destination: Lake District

    She says: “I would love to go through to the experiment to the very end and still be with the guy. That is what I want to happen and what I expect to happen. I will be a bit disappointed if it doesn’t happen, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

    MAFS UK: Nikita

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Nikita

    Age: 26

    From: County Durham

    Job: Sales

    Paired with: Ant

    Honeymoon destination: Mexico

    She says: “Ideally, we all want our Prince Charming who we are going to be with until the day we die. I just think that if I meet someone who blows me away and we’re on the same wavelength and have proper banter it will be great.”

    MAFS UK: Morag

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Morag

    Age: 31

    From: Essex

    Job: Veterinary Nurse

    Paired with: Luke

    Honeymoon destination: Switzerland

    She says: “I want the experts to help because I’ve got high expectations of myself and what I want from my partner. I want them to help me open up and let someone in.”

    MAFS UK: Alexis

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Alexis

    Age: 28

    From: London

    Job: Model

    Paired with: TBC! At the time of writing, Alexis’ wedding is yet to be aired

    Honeymoon destination: Maldives

    She says: “I’ve applied to this to find the good guy, to find someone genuine and someone who wants commitment. I give my all and I’m very supportive. I’m looking for someone on my wavelength and I want someone who is going to take the reins a little bit.”

    MAFS UK: Tayah

    Married at First Sight UK, Season 6, Tayah

    Age: 25

    From: Welwyn Garden City

    Job: Estate Agent

    Paired with: TBC! At the time of writing, Tayah’s wedding is yet to be aired

    Honeymoon destination: Antigua

    She says: “My happy ever after would be that I’ve always wanted to get married and wanted kids. I’ve always wanted to be a young mum. My end goal is to have that family and have that family unit. So that would be an ideal situation to come from this.”

     

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