EastEnders legend Patsy Palmer supports new Love Island star as she calls him beautiful and kind

Eastenders actress Patsy Palmer has shown her support for incoming Love Island contestant Luca Bish ahead of the new series starting next month.

Luca, 23, immediately captured fans' attention after he was revealed on Monday as one of the new faces heading to Mallorca to star in the hit ITV dating show.

Among the flurry of supporters surprisingly was Patsy, 50, who reposted a photo of the Brighton-born hunk originally shared by his mum Maria Bish, suggesting that perhaps the contestant is a family friend of the former soap star.

The actress captioned: “Omg @lucabish all grown up and going on @loveisland we cannot wait to watch you. You will smash it so beautiful, kind & funny. YAY from your Malibu crew”, before adding several pink heart emojis fondly.

Fishmonger Luca will be joining 10 other new newbies as they become the first contestants to enter Love Island’s brand-new villa ahead of a selection of bombshell arrivals that will be making their entrances throughout the summer.

The tattooed heartthrob stated that he believes the ITV show will be an easy route for him in finding love, following a long-term relationship, which ended over a year ago.

Luca said: “When you actually look back at Love Island, you can see how many couples it’s genuinely made. I don’t know how many kids Love Island has made but there are a few aren’t there?

“I came out of a four-year relationship about a year ago. I was enjoying being in a relationship, there were just things I didn’t like and we drifted apart.”

After not finding much luck at finding love close to home, the contestant is open to securing a match in sunny Spain — although he’s not putting pressure on himself he admitted.

“I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it,” Luca continued.

“If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.”

Luca’s sister is taking control of his Instagram while he is away she revealed as she captioned on his page: "Luca's sister here reporting for duty. The SEAcret is out, and the news is oFISH our Luca is off to find love in the @loveisland villa.

“We promise you he's a catch".

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