Stokie Lauren starring in major Channel 4 series The Bridge

The Bridge has returned to our screens for its second series. The Channel 4 reality competition sees two teams of eight go head-to-head to be the first to get their hands on a GBP200,000 jackpot. The teams are unaware of each other’s existence and both have been challenged to build a 1,000ft bridge over the South China Sea to a central island in just 12 days.

However, only one person from the winning team can take home the huge amount of money. The show is hosted by AJ Odudu and ex-Royal Marine Commando Aldo Kane, who will be with the teams every step of the way as they endure basic rations, no hot showers and back-breaking challenges along the way. The show is shot in Ha Long Bay, in Vietnam, where the competitors will face the ultimate test of physical ability, mental skill and teamwork.

READ MORE: Robbie Williams gets ticking off from mum for swearing at gig The first episode of the eight-part series kicked off on Tuesday night and among the 16 contestants was Lauren, from Stoke-on-Trent. The contestants were divided into team North Beach and team South Beach – with Lauren on team South Beach.

The 29-year-old works as a product manager for a confectionary company and has recently taken up figure skating. She describes herself as ‘positive, enthusiastic and overly energetic’. She thinks her biggest asset is her smiley personality and ability to deal well with negative situations.

She says she’s a great communicator and can think with a sensible head. Lauren believes she could be the leader in a group and would lead with motivation and positivity, although she would struggle to deal with negative people. If Lauren won a lot of money, she says she would like to buy herself a house and take her nephews to Disneyland.

The teams travelled to their new tropical home where they learned of the challenge facing them – and the massive prize up for grabs. As the teams got to know each other and attempted to start the build, they first had to locate all the materials they needed to build a bridge that will float. Although we didn’t hear much from her during the first episode, we did see her come to the aid of Richard and Shaun who fell out of their kayak when they went to retrieve some barrels from the South Chinese Sea.

However, she then dropped the pair of scissors needed to cut the rope into the sea. The show then ended with a challenge where two volunteers from each team must decide between themselves who will be team leader and who doesn’t return to camp. The Bridge airs on Channel 4 from Tuesday, June 7, at 10pm.

Below is everything you need to know about the full line-up.

Lauren, from Stoke-on-Trent, is on Team South BeachAJ Odudu and Aldo Kane host The Bridge on Channel 4

North Beach

Alim, 31, London Described as a ‘hard of hearing, English/Indian, queer, Muslim’, Alim works professionally as a sign language interpreter after taking on this role at a young age as both of his parents are deaf. Growing up, he struggled with his sexuality and culture but is now in a state of mind where he feels he can take on anything.

Keira, 24, Wrexham Keira is currently training for the 2024 Paris Paralympics to represent team GB in Taekwondo, after having her left arm amputated aged 21 following an accident when she was 15. Now working as a public speaker and disability ambassador, she copes well under pressure and is positively stubborn.

Rikaya, 30, Liverpool Scouser Rikaya moved to London in her early 20s with just GBP400 in the bank, but she now runs her own fashion business, teaches yoga and works day-to-day as an estate agent. She describes herself as completely bonkers while she believes that her positive approach will enable her to be a strong leader.

Frankie, 30, London Born in Canada, Frankie now lives and works in London and is the founder and CEO of a speech and debate company. He was previously listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 and is even a former Mr Canada, while also reaching the final of Mr Universe.

Ethan, 28, Wiltshire Ethan joined the army at the age of 21 and is a member of the Royal Military Police. He admits that he can come across as arrogant but also states how he does have a softer side, illustrated by the fact that if he won the money, he would like to give back to his parents to thank them for supporting him.

Crystal, 52, Liverpool The oldest competitor of 2022’s cast, Crystal underwent full gender reassignment surgery at the age of 30 and describes her subsequent life as colourful. She admits to not having a filter while not having time for liars, cheats or people who think they’re better than others.

Lotti, 20, Cornwall Growing up in a small village near the coast, Lotti is currently studying for a degree in broadcast journalism. She says she thrives under pressure, is a born leader and is prepared to bend the rules if need be.

David, 36, South Wales Cheeky chappy David is a lorry driver who describes himself as a ‘Karl Pilkington-type character, moaning about most things in life.’ He hopes that being taken out of his comfort zone will do him the world of good, although he adds that his opinionated nature and inability to speak before he thinks could get him into trouble.

Team North BeachTeam North Beach

South Beach

Shaun, 29, Birmingham Having previously pursued a career in professional basketball, Stuart now works as a model.

He is extremely motivated and considers his work ethic to be one of his biggest strengths. Kim, 35, London After Kim’s twin brother died in early 2020, the account manager now wants to “live for us both and do it well”.

She considers her best virtue to be caring for others and she loves working in a team, motivating her teammates and cheering them on. Glasgow, 24, London As the name suggests, Glasgow is originally from Scotland but now resides in England’s capital due to being a PhD student reading History of Art at University College London.

Glasgow struggled with their sexuality and would like to help people understand more about non-binary people, taking about and normalising LGBTQ+ issues in schools. Basit, 27, London Basit says he is a ‘cheeky Irish guy’ and ‘one of a kind’ after being raised by Nigerian parents near Dublin.

He soon pursued his dream to become a model and hasn’t looked back since, with his biggest strength stated as being his positive and upbeat energy. Alex, 24, London This Cambridge graduate now works as a private tutor and research assistant with strong analytical skills.

If needed, he is prepared to manipulate his teammates into turning against each other. Lauren, 29, Stoke-on-Trent Working as a product manager for a confectionary company is Lauren, who describes herself as ‘positive, enthusiastic and overly energetic’.

She argues that she’s a great communicator and has the ability to think with a sensible head, though she often struggles to deal with negative people. Richard, 36, Birmingham Richard’s career in IT sales means he’s inevitably highly competitive and believes in the motto “work hard, play harder”.

After going through a divorce in his early 30s, he’s now ready to move on and thinks this adventure will help him achieve that. Dawn, 48, London This fun-loving mother of four grown-up children works as a carer for the elderly and lives her life “to the max, with no regrets” following a troubled childhood.

Dawn is likely to be highly competitive having described herself as an Alpha female.

The Bridge is shown on Channel 4 at 10pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the next four weeks and is available to stream in full after last night’s show on All4.

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