This summer we’ll be spending time with the Shirley Valentine cast, or more accurately the eight women headed off to Greece to discover their new path, on ITV’s Our Shirley Valentine Summer. 

Models, comedians, presenters, and even a psychotherapist amongst them, what kind of shenanigans will they get up to when living together and pursuing their dreams?

Dating, new careers, personal transformations: these are the women we’ll be watching in action!

Our Shirley Valentine Summer series, Melinda Messenger, Sian Lloyd, Nancy Dell'Olio, Aggie MacKenzie, Ninia Benjamin, Lizzie Cundy, Annabel Giles, Ingrid Tarrant
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Melinda Messenger

The television presenter and former model will no doubt be bringing some glamour to the villa.

Single for the first time since she was 18, the 46-year-old mother of three teenagers is clearly ready to try something new.

Will the former Formula One grid girl adjust to like as a Greek island girl?

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Siân Lloyd

At 59, Welsh television presenter and meteorologist Siân is recently divorced.

You might have seen her on First Dates not long ago, and in the celebrity jungle before that.

As the face of ITV’s weather coverage for 24 years, what will she have in mind for her next big goal?

Seems she and fellow villa guest Lizzie Cundy are still getting on great at least!

Nancy Dell’Olio

The international lawyer first found fame in the UK as the girlfriend of then-England boss, Sven-Göran Eriksson.

It soon turned out there was a lot more to this Italian woman than her choice in men, and she’s been a fixture ever since, doing her stints on Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Big Brother.

Aggie MacKenzie

Joining them in Greece will be Aggie, from How Clean Is Your House?

Not content with shaming a generation of slovenly housekeepers, Aggie has since hosted ITV’s Storage Hoarders.

She’s also a regular columnist and teaches yoga too. Will she be roping her fellow villa guests into some lotus positions and mindfulness? Or just waiting to pounce the moment someone leaves a sponge in an unsanitary location?

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Ninia Benjamin

You might know Ninia from her BBC3 series, 3 Non-Blondes, but she’s also a stand-up comedian who appears regularly at the Edinburgh Festival.

Whether she’s starring with Lenny Henry or popping up onstage in Waiting To Exhale, Ninia is certainly keeping herself busy.

Will she be cracking jokes in Greece, or is it time for this comedian to get serious?

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Pictured: Ninia Benjamin

Lizzie Cundy

As we see above, Lizzie and Siân are clearly good friends. The rest of the time, Lizzie has her own radio show and presents various shows on Sky’s Wedding TV channel.

She was previously married to Chelsea footballer Jason Cundy and is a frequent guest on This Morning.

She also finds times to write columns for OK! Magazine.

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Annabel Giles

The one-time television presenter is now a qualified psychotherapist. Once married to Midge Ure, she has also published novels and raised two children.

Recent TV outings include I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Not to be confused with Annabel Croft (she’s the TV presenter who used to be a tennis player).

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Pictured: Annabel Giles

Ingrid Tarrant

‘Former wife of Chris Tarrant’ is certainly not Ingrid’s only claim to fame, although such a public and messy divorce certainly made the headlines.

Getting arrested for public altercations will do that!

It’s been a lot calmer since, and she’s been a presenter on This Morning and appeared on Celebrity Coach Trip.

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Pictured : Ingrid Tarrant,

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