Love Island hunk unrecognisable years after ditching fame for quiet life

A star of the original series of Love Island looks completely unrecognisable 18 years on from starring on the ITV show.

Fran Cosgrave, now 45, appeared on the debut series of the dating programme, which was an all-celebrity affair featuring the likes of Calum Best, Abi Titmuss and Liz McClarnon.

A former Westlife bodyguard, Fran became a fan favourite, winning the show alongside presenter and partner Jayne Middlemiss.

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Being thrust further into the limelight led to several opportunities including appearances on Loose Women and Celebrity Daredevils.

And the hunk even co-fronted his own series alongside fellow island alum Calum and Paul Danan in Calum, Fran and Dangerous Danan – a show that followed the trio along America's famous Route 66 highway.

Now, however, Fran has swapped the screen for a career in music as a DJ and producer for the Futuristic Polar Bears – an act on the house music scene.

The group have performed in nightclubs all over the world, and although successful, Fran welcomes being out of the spotlight somewhat.

He told RTE 2FM: "You can't take it [fame] too seriously because it's gone as quick as it comes.

"As it came towards 2009, things just started to spin out of control a bit, as it does. I was kind of finished with the whole celebrity thing.

"I started saying, 'no' to loads of programmes and I just wasn't interested in it."

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As well as working in the music industry Fran likes to share updates on his exploits with his 13,000 Instagram followers.

He also post family news on the platform and earlier this week paid a gushing tribute to his son, Josh, on his 21st birthday.

Fran shares Josh with Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton, and he also has a daughter, Patience Elisabeth, with Elle Crawforth.

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