Who is Sam Thompson? Everything you need to know about the 'Love Island: Aftersun' panelist

From his time on 'Made In Chelsea' to his 'Love Island' alum girlfriend, here's all the intel on Aftersun's Sam Thompson...

Sam Thompson and Indiyah Polack pictured against a heart backdrop for Love Island The Morning After
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After returning for his second stint as one of Love Island: Aftersun's panelists, Sam Thompson has become quite the crowd favorite, alongside the likes of Indiyah Polack and host, Maya Jama. But what some fans might not know is that Sam actually has a personal link to the show and his very own reality TV background...

With season 10 now drawing to a close (*cry* here's how to watch Love Island UK if you need to catch up or just want to relive it), along with the show's weekly roundup, Aftersun—where Maya is joined by guests and former islanders and to discuss all the villa antics—now is the perfect time to get acquainted with the chat show's regular panelists, in particular, Sam Thompson. 

The TV and TikTok personality has cemented himself as quite the Love Island stan, but what of his career and personal life? Here's all the intel on the former Made In Chelsea star...

Who is Sam Thompson and why is he famous?

Sam, 30, is an English reality TV star, best known for his stint on Made In Chelsea, a show following the lives of a group of affluent young men and women in their 20s, who live in the borough of Chelsea, in London (UK). He appeared on the show from 2013 to 2019 and is also the younger brother of one of the OG cast members, Louise Thompson—who also left the show in 2019. 

Since then, Sam has gone on to feature on other UK shows like Celebs Go Dating and The Circle, as well as Celebrity Big Brother back in 2017. Most recently he's also starred in a Channel 4 documentary titled, Sam Thompson: Is this ADHD?, where he explores his diagnosis.

Before landing the gig of Love Island: Aftersun panelist (along with his spot on Love Island: The Morning After podcast), Sam also became a TikTok favorite for his hilarious coverage of Love Island season 8—especially when he captured the real-time reaction of his girlfriend, Zara McDermott when her former Love Island co-star and ex-boyfriend Adam Collard returned to the villa

Alas now that Love Island's end date nears we'll have to content ourselves with his and Zara's TikTok videos, whilst also manifesting his return to Aftersun's panel when the winter season rolls around...

So who is Sam Thompson's girlfriend?

Sam is in a relationship with documentary presenter and Love Island season four alum, Zara McDermott—who yes, famoulsy coupled up with and dated Adam Collard (if you want a recap of Adam's notorious OG Love Island journey we've got you). 

Sam Thompson and Zara McDermott attend the Heart Dance Media launch event at Global Radio Studios on July 03, 2019 in London, England.

(Image credit: Getty Images/Joe Maher / Stringer)

Aside from her time in the villa though, she also appeared alongside Sam in Made In Chelsea back in 2019, after they first started dating. It was then famously revealed on the show that Zara had been unfaithful, resulting in their split in 2020 and that now-viral "You can!!" bench scene...

Zara and Sam went on to rekindle things in November 2020 though and are still going strong today—they even make TikTok videos together. Exhibit A...


Tough times 😂

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Before his long-term relationship with Zara, fans might also remember that Sam also dated fellow MIC co-star, Tiffany Watson.

What is Sam Thompson's net worth?

According to The Sun, Sam's net worth is thought to be around the figures of £850,000 and £1 million. Though with his latest Love Island role, we'd guess that number has bumped up slightly!

Catch Sam on Love Island: Aftersun on Sundays, from 10pm BST (6pm ET/ 3pm PT),

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.