Love Island winner Ekin-Su unrecognisable in former club job as she poses with Mark Wright | The Sun

SHE has just won Love Island with hunky Italian Davide on her arm.

But Ekin-Su, 27, looked very different during her university days while working as a shot girl while living in Preston.

A new snap shows her posed up with former Towie star Mark Wright at a venue called Ships and Giggles, where she helped with celeb appearances.

During that time Ekin-Su went under the name of Susie Hayzel as she studied for her BA (Hons) in Acting before graduating in 2015.

Her former boss – Andy MacDonald – has opened up about her days working in the club, admitting he was very confused when she first appeared on screen.

He told LancsLive: "I'm not a Love Island fan at all but I keep getting these messages and phone calls saying about this Ekin-Su. They say Ekin-Su used to work for you and I say, I have never had anybody called Ekin-Su work for me, ever.

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"After a while I thought, what is going on? Looked on Facebook and I go 'for goodness sake, it's Susie Hayzel! Her name's not Ekin-Su, it's Susie b****y Hayzel.

"I realised she was doing really really well and I feel proper proud of her," Andy added.

Ekin worked as a shot girl at Ships and Giggles around the years 2014 and 2015.

Andy continued: "She was brilliant when she used to work for me. She was just really down to earth, she spoke whatever was on her mind.”

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He also recalled her starring in budget reality show called Lancashore.

In an effort to be like Geordie Shore, the 'series' followed the lives of a handful of male and female students.

She went on to land the role of Isil in the Turkish soap opera Kuzey Yıldızı İlk Aşk in 2020 – before getting a coveted spot on Love Island.

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