THE BRIDGE: MEET THIS YEAR'S CONTESTANTS AHEAD OF NEW SERIES

AJ Odudu hosts as the gruelling reality competition returns for a supersized second series in a new tropical location, on the uninhabited islands of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.



There's double the drama, and double the money up for grabs, as two teams go head-to-head to get their hands on a £200,000 jackpot.


The 16 strangers must put aside their egos and differences to tackle the ultimate test of physical ability, mental skill and teamwork, as they race to build a bridge over 1,000 feet of water in just 12 days to reach the cash, which lies below a tower on an island between two beaches.


But there's a twist: only one person from the winning team can take home this huge prize. Adventurer and explorer Aldo Kane joins the competitors to oversee challenges that will test the teams' nerves and ability.



MEET THE CONTESTANTS

NORTH BEACH
Alim

Age: 31

Location: London

Alim is a “hard of hearing, English/Indian, queer, Muslim”. Both his parents are deaf and he works professionally as a sign language interpreter.



David

Age: 36

Location: South Wales

Lorry driver David is a cheeky chappy who describes himself as a “Karl Pilkingtontype character, moaning about most things in life.”


Crystal

Age: 52

Location: Liverpool

Crystal grew up in a small town in Somerset before moving to Brighton at the age of 23 where she found her true self. Crystal underwent full gender reassignment surgery at the age of 30 and describes her life since transitioning as colourful.



Frankie

Age: 30

Location: London

Canadian-born Frankie lives and works in London; he is the founder and CEO of a speech and debate company. Frankie was previously listed in Forbes 30 Under 30, he is a former Mr Canada and he also got to the final of Mr Universe.


Lotti

Age: 20

Location: Cornwall About: Lotti is born and bred in Cornwall, growing up in a small village near the coast. She is currently studying for a degree in broadcast journalism, having moved to London when the pandemic put pay to her gap year plans.


Ethan

Age: 28

Location: Wiltshire

Ethan followed generations of men in his family and joined the army at the age of 21. He is a member of the Royal Military Police and has been deployed in Germany and Afghanistan, amongst other places.



Keira

Age: 24

Location: Wrexham

Keira is in training for the Paris 2024 Paralympics to represent Team GB in taekwondo. She had her left arm amputated when she was 21 following an accident when she was 15 and says the decision to amputate was the best decision she ever made.


Rikaya

Age: 30

Location: Liverpool

Liverpool-born Rikaya moved to London in her early 20s with just £400 and now runs her own fashion business and teaches yoga, as well as working day to day as an estate agent.



MEET SOUTH BEACH
Glasgow

Age: 24

Location: London

Originally from Scotland, Glasgow now lives in London and is a PhD student reading History of Art at University College London, as well as working in an art gallery.



Richard

Age: 36

Location: Birmingham

Richard worked as a chef before trading in the long, unsociable hours for a career in IT sales. The nature of his job means he’s highly competitive and believes in ‘work hard, play harder’.


Lauren

Age: 29

Location: Stoke-on-Trent

Lauren describes herself as "positive, enthusiastic and overly energetic". She works as a product manager for a confectionary company and she has recently taken up figure skating



Kim

Age: 35

Location: London

Account manager Kim lives with her mum in North London. Kim’s twin brother died in early 2020 and now Kim wants to “live for us both and do it well”.


Dawn

Age: 48

Location: London

Dawn is fun-loving mother of four grown-up children. She works as a carer for the elderly and lives her life “to the max, with no regrets” having had a difficult childhood.


Basit

Age: 27

Location: London

Bubbly, ball-of-energy Basit was raised by Nigerian parents near Dublin. He says he is a “cheeky Irish guy” and “one of a kind”.



Shaun

Age: 29

Location: Birmingham

Shaun grew up between Cornwall and the Philippines. He now works as a model having previously pursued a career in professional basketball as well as working in a school to support children with special educational needs.


Alex

Age: 24

Location: London

Alex is a Cambridge graduate now working as a private tutor and research assistant in London



The full series will be available to stream or download for free on All 4 following the transmission of this episode on Tuesday 7th June.