Love Island beauty Olivia Hawkins was ‘getting close’ to EastEnders star before entering villa


LOVE Island beauty Olivia Hawkins has been targeted by flirty EastEnders hunk Max Bowden.

The soap star, 28, who has a colourful love life, has been “getting closer” to the sexy Michelle Keegan lookalike since the turn of the year.

Olivia Hawkins has been targeted by flirty EastEnders hunk Max Bowden

Max has been ‘getting closer’ to Olivia since New Year’s Day

Olivia posing in a raunchy costume, which included a black corset

US World Cup star Timothy Weah is another fan of Olivia’s, who we can reveal has also been on a date with former Love Island contestant Jack Fowler.

But it is believed Max — Ben Mitchell in the BBC soap — is the celeb the 27-year-old is most excited about.

The actor recently cooled a romance with co-star Shona McGarty and became a dad last year with another ex.

His flirting with Olivia started on New Year’s Day when he liked a picture of her in a tight dress and clutching a designer bag.

He began following Olivia and she returned the favour, with sources saying she “clearly fancies him”.

One said: “Max and Olivia have been sharing exchanges and keeping an eye on how each other has been doing.

“She has been very impressed that Max showed such a keen interest in her and has been telling all her friends excitedly about it.

“She clearly fancies him. They’ve been growing closer.

“They follow each other on Instagram but he’s not the only famous face to be liking her photos.”

Another EastEnders star Zack Morris, 24, who plays Keegan Baker, has complimented her on her snaps while US footballer Weah, 22, is another follower.

She also flirted with ex-Love Island star Jack, 27, on a speed-dating show on YouTube in 2019.

He told her: “You’re very, very attractive”, before she replied: “So are you. You’ve got nice eyes.”

Their exchange led to talk of a holiday in the Maldives but Jack admitted: “I don’t think we’d leave the little hut though. I think we’d probably just stay inside.”

Olivia claimed on the show she may have “commitment issues”.

She said her ideal man is “someone who’s funny and tall”.

But blokes in the Love Island villa may face a wait before “doing bits”.

Asked how many dates she would go on before sleeping with a man, she replied: “Definitely not first. No way.”

She later added: “I think I’ve got commitment issues.”

The Brighton beauty, who described herself as a singer and dancer, featured in the Billy Elliot musical as a ballet girl in 2006.

She earned a first in Pro Dance and Musical Theatre from Doreen Bird College in Sidcup, South East London.

Since graduating in 2016, she has featured in videos for Tom Zanetti, Craig David and Big Narstie among others.

Her Instagram feed shows she appeared in Netflix’s Top Boy with rapper Dave.

She also briefly popped up in a corset in James Bond film No Time To Die.

As well as Michelle Keegan’s body double for a 2017 Very advert, Olivia was also a stand-in for Emma Watson in the Harry Potter 20th anniversary special.

She has since had cameos in ITV’s Grace as a flight attendant and in C5’s Queens of Mystery.

Ahead of going into the villa Olivia revealed she recently missed out on a dance audition in the forthcoming Barbie film, starring Margot Robbie.

She said: “I was on holiday, which was gutting. But I’m sure once I get out I can go back to acting.

“I’m definitely keeping my love life and my career separate.

“I’m not going on the show to further my career.” 

Max’s flirting with Olivia started when he liked this picture of her

Max recently cooled a romance with co-star Shona McGarty