Camilla Thurlow is a Scottish explosive ordnance disposal specialist, reality television personality, and humanitarian worker. She has garnered fame for being a cast member of the ITV2 reality series ‘Love Island’. A native of Dumfries, Thurlow was not sure what she wanted to pursue as a career when she was in school. For a considerable period, she thought of joining the military. In 2013, she joined a charity called the Halo Trust and travelled to Cambodia to work for them. She underwent a six-month training for her explosive ordinance disposal qualifications. Her job entails clearing minefields. She was a contestant in the third season of ‘Love Island’ in 2017, ending the competition as a co-runner-up with her current boyfriend Jamie Jewitt. Since then, she has become the subject of significant media and public attention. In October 2019, she spoke about her fight with mental health issues and revealed that she had considered suicide due to the anxiety she had experienced following her appearance on ‘Love Island.’
Childhood & Early Life
Camilla Thurlow was born on July 9, 1989, in Dumfries, a market town in Scotland, in an affluent family. She was educated at the prestigious Fettes College in Edinburgh. The alumni of the institution include actress Tilda Swinton and the former British PM Tony Blair. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling based Hogwarts on the Scottish school.
In her youth, she was an avid lacrosse player and played for Scotland in the Women’s U-19 World Lacrosse Championship in 2007. She considers this to be one of the proudest achievements of her life. In 2008, she obtained nine A
s and two As in her GCSEs. In the following year, she enrolled at Loughborough University in England and eventually graduated with a first-class honours degree in sport and exercise science.
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When Thurlow was still a student she did not know what career path she should choose. She knew that she wanted to be active and help people. She seriously considered joining the military for a while.
In 2013, she was briefly employed at Abercrombie & Fitch. She then was hired by Halo Trust, a UK-based charity organisation that clears war debris, especially landmines, and travelled to Cambodia. In 2015, she received a six-month operational training before getting her explosive ordinance disposal qualifications. She has also removed landmines in Afghanistan and Azerbaijan.
Career In Entertainment Industry
Even before joining ‘Love Island’, Camilla Thurlow was not a complete stranger to the world of glamour. In 2009, she was named Miss Edinburgh. She was 19 years old at the time. Right after returning from Afghanistan, she decided to apply to be a contestant on the third season (2017) of the ITV2 reality series ‘Love Island’. According to reports, she had been single for four years before this. She knew that the show would put her completely out of her comfort zone. Despite the fact that she had worked in minefields in some of the most dangerous places on Earth, she considers her tenure on the reality show as the scariest thing she had ever done. It required her to explore things she thought she was not good at, including socialising, relationships, and wearing a bikini.
She entered the Love-Island villa in the pilot episode, and initially, her romantic partner was Sam Gowland. However, it was not long before all involved parties realised that they did not have any chemistry whatsoever. Her next partner was Johnny Mitchell with whom she had a heated debate on feminism. Speaking about the row, she later stated that her main concern afterwards was whether she represented the cause appropriately. The couple later broke up when Mitchell picked Tyla Carr over her. She subsequently was associated with Craig Lawson before she partnered up with Calvin Kline model Jamie Jewitt. The pair ended the competition in the second place, after the eventual winners Kem Cetinay and Amber Davies.
In 2019, Thurlow began starring in the ITVBe reality series ‘What Camilla Did Next’, which revolves around her life after ‘Love Island’. She has also made an appearance on ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ charity special in 2019. She was part of the production team of Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’ (2019), starring David Attenborough.
Since ‘Love Island’, she has continued to be active as a charity worker. She has done volunteer work in the Soul Food Kitchen in Northern Greece and became a member of the Indigo Volunteers. In 2019, she and Jewitt set up Love Jamila, an eco-friendly company that sells health and beauty products.
Relationships & Personal Struggles
In the past, Thurlow was in a relationship with Prince Harry. She has rarely spoken about it to the media. She and Jewitt have been dating since ‘Love Island’ and are the only couple from the season who are still together. In February 2019, they moved into their first house together.
During an appearance on ‘How to Fail’ podcast in October 2019, Thurlow candidly spoke about anxiety and other mental health issues that she suffered following her appearance on ‘Love Island’. She also revealed that she had thought of committing suicide.