Discover if opposites really do attract when one of Australia’s most heartfelt TV series, Beauty and the Geek, premieres this Sunday on Channel 9.
The 2021 reboot, hosted by beautiful and self-confessed dork Sophie Monk, has all the fun of the original series with a new layer of heart and warmth which will make audiences fall in love with the show all over again.
The 10 beauties and 10 geeks work together through a series of real-life challenges in the search to find a romantic spark or a lifelong friendship. Surprising connections are made as two very different worlds collide and strong partnerships bloom in the most unlikely and sometimes hilarious circumstances.
The beauties have their eyes and hearts opened to new possibilities as they help the geeks find their voice, and in return learn a thing or two from the geeks about stepping outside of their comfort zones.
Meet the Cast
Aira – 23/NSW
23-year-old Aira is like the Kim Kardashian of her local community. Although she describes herself as ditzy and funny, Aira spends her weekdays working as a medical secretary and spends her weekends going out for dinner and cocktails with her girlfriends.
Aira’s last relationship was two years ago but she doesn’t struggle in the dating department. She says she is constantly approached by men but she is super picky about who she gives her attention to. Her wish list in a prospective partner includes ‘big veiny arms, nice teeth, smells good, hygienic, and most importantly, no thongs!’
Aira knows that confidence is the key to life. She says,
“There’s nothing that a pair of heels and a bad ass attitude can’t fix.”
A performer at heart and inspired by her Persian heritage, Aira loves belly dancing and when she isn’t busy with her daily makeup and skin care routine, she can always be found blasting Beyonce in her room and dancing in the mirror.
Aira’s friends describe her as girly, loving and great at giving advice and as a self-confessed social butterfly, Aira never gets nervous in social situations and loves to meet new people.
Gullible and a little bit of a procrastinator, academia isn’t Aira’s strong suit but she doesn’t let that bother her. She doesn’t take herself too seriously and is always having a laugh with her friends.
Ashleigh – 31/QLD
Poised, sweet and super happy are all the traits 31-year-old Ashleigh and a princess have in common. A performer by trade, Ashleigh spent the past five years in Japan working at a large theme park, where she got to dress up as cartoon characters, superheroes and princesses every day.
A lover of an awkward silence, Ashleigh can be quite reserved and shy at times but also is often the complete opposite. Having attended a performing arts high school, Ashleigh loves to move her body to stay fit and especially loves hot yoga.
Ashleigh studied pathology collection at university and has a fascination with blood sciences. She’s eager to learn and is hoping the geeks can expand her knowledge on technological things. She says,
“I have no idea about iCloud, so I think a geek could certainly teach me a few new things.”
Although she is no stranger to dating and knows she has a lot of love to give, Ashleigh is still on the lookout for her Prince Charming. She wants tall, dark and handsome but her absolute deal breaker is crooked teeth.
Her friends and family describe her as being gentle and caring with a heart of gold and as a real-life princess. Her proudest achievement is having climbed to the top of Mt Fuji in the middle of the night to watch the morning sunrise, claiming it was the most physically and mentally challenging thing she has ever done.
Ashleigh is most looking forward to the personal growth the series will bring to her and the potential of helping her geek grow into a better version of himself.
Bryanna – 29/VIC
29-year-old Bryanna is an entertainment reporter, who loves to rollerblade along the beach. Her perfect weekend would involve getting up early and going for a rollerblade, followed by a coffee with her friends at a local café.
With a Bachelor of Professional Communications, Bryanna believes she still has a lot to learn from the geeks. She says,
“I think we are never too old to learn something new and I can’t wait to do the challenges and push myself harder than I ever have before with a partner.”
Comparing herself to Bridget Jones, Bryanna has often been unlucky in love and has never had a boyfriend. She’s attracted to people’s souls and doesn’t have a usual type, so as long as a partner shares the same values, attitudes and philosophies as her, she would be pretty content.
Bryanna has had a pretty extraordinary career as a reporter and says her proudest achievement was interviewing Jim Carrey in Hollywood. This made Bryanna realise dreams do come true and that you should never give up on them.
Describing herself as bubbly, brilliant and bodacious, Bryanna boasts she has an uncanny ability to pick up on other people’s energies, making her great at working in teams and boosting morale. Bryanna says,
“Stick me in front of a stadium full of people and I’ll shine brighter than a comet!”
Eliza – 21/NSW
21-year-old receptionist Eliza is larger than life with endless amounts of enthusiasm and energy.
She’s a bit of a wild child, who is just enjoying being young and living in Bondi. Her passions are the gym, the beach, boys and drinking cocktails and although she has never been in a relationship, Eliza has no trouble talking to boys and often takes them out on ice cream dates.
Looking forward to everything when it comes to being in the game, Eliza wants to be able to teach the geeks to not take life too seriously. She describes herself as bubbly, positive and spontaneous and says in high school she loved to be the centre of attention.
Eliza says her strengths are her personality and her ability to not be too serious, but that her downfall is not thinking before she speaks and being forgetful. She is hoping this experience is going to be a new adventure, as she’s sick and tired of doing the same thing every day and wanted to do something crazy.
When it comes to boys, her ideal type is a bad boy with a tan and she describes herself as being super competitive and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Eliza has zero filter and will be the party starter of the beauties.
Gabrielle – 20/QLD
Gabrielle’s natural beauty lights up every room she steps foot into and her easy going and composed personality naturally puts others at ease.
As a 20-year-old student studying Criminology, Gabrielle dreams of one day becoming a detective and hopes to work with juvenile offenders.
There isn’t much that throws Gabrielle off, a trait that she can thank her love of murder mystery documentaries for! She isn’t fazed by blood and guts and has a penchant for all that is creepy and twisted. This weird obsession is contrasted with her gentle nature which she believes stems from the loving relationship she shares with her brothers and sisters.
When she isn’t busy studying, Gabrielle fuels her creative side by spending her time painting and drawing – a hobby she has developed up a passion for over the last year. Although she boasts she works well in teams, Gabrielle does admittedly struggle with anything related to science, math and general knowledge.
Coming into the series, Gabrielle is most looking forward to making new friends with the beauties and geeks but is still pretty nervous about the unknown that she could encounter. Her relationship history isn’t all that exciting and she says that she has always dated the wrong person at the wrong time.
She admits she can be nervous in some social situations, and that as a child she was pretty shy. Gabrielle is hoping this shyness will help her understand the geeks and she hopes to be able to help them improve their self-confidence.
Jessica A – 19/WA
Jessica is a 19-year-old student studying Screen Production and Journalism, who sells ethical handmade clothing and accessories as a side hustle. She lists her hobbies as sewing, being environmentally conscious and spiritual and her adventurous personality is sure to not go unnoticed by the geeks.
Fiercely independent, Jessica loves to work by herself rather than in a team, as the idea of letting a teammate down is something she can’t bear to have caused. She’s a great public speaker but says she often struggles with thinking on the spot and her sarcastic nature can often get her into trouble.
Never having missed as episode of Beauty and the Geek while she was growing up, Jessica knows this is a once in a lifetime experience and is determined not to let this slip between her fingers. She’s most looking forward to meeting the geeks and says she has always gotten along better with geekier guys, since she knows there is a lot she can learn from them.
When it comes to her relationship history, Jessica had her first and only relationship last year. She says they were completely different people and her ideal partner is someone who is the male version of herself. She typically goes for nicer, introverted and gentle guys and usually steers clear of arrogant guys she just knows could ruin her life.
Jessica is pretty calm and collected in social situations and she hopes that she can boost her partner’s confidence, although she might need their help if she is faced with any challenges that involve snakes or reptiles!
Jess H – 23/SA
With a Bachelor of Media in Journalism, a Certificate in Meteorology, and the ability to recite 30 elements of the periodic tables by memory, 23-year-old Jess has both the beauty and the brains. Coming across as a little ditzy due to her bubbly personality and infectiously high energy, Jess is still able to laugh at herself and joke around with her friends.
Describing herself as the girl next door, Jess has no problem making new friends and she lights up any room that she walks into. She feels that coming into the series, she will be able to use her bright personality to help the geeks open up and come out of their shells.
Not ruling out the possibility of falling for one of the geeks, Jess’ relationship history has seen her fall hard and fast. She admits that she has been naïve in past relationships and that guys often get an ego if she gives them a chance.
Jess has strong family values and a really close connection with her mum but this didn’t stop her from moving out of home when she was just 18-years-old. She can be very emotional and has been known to cry at the drop of a hat. Jess has a break up playlist on stand by and often tears up while watching her favourite rom com.
If Jess was to be part of the winning couple, she would use the prize money to move up to the Gold Coast, put a down a deposit on an apartment and buy a sausage dog. She is looking forward to making new friends during this experience but is nervous about the challenges.
Josie – 21/NSW
21-year-old Josie is a total country girl at heart, having grown up in regional NSW until she was 18. She has a super laid back and bubbly personality and being a full-time dancer has always been a lifelong dream of hers.
Moving to Sydney to pursue her dreams of dance a few years ago to continue with ballet and jazz, Josie is incredibly competitive at heart and hates to lose. Now studying primary school teaching, Josie is proud of herself for stepping out of her comfort zone and says her hard working nature has driven her to be as happy and successful as she is today.
When it comes to the dating world, Josie says she has always been unlucky in love. Since moving to Sydney, she has had a few casual relationships but none have ever lasted. She says,
“I have been single for quite some time now as I am independent and haven’t had the time to pursue a relationship since my career has always come first.”
Josie doesn’t get awkward in social situations and says she finds it very easy to talk to people and have natural conversations. She thrives in social and group environments, whether it be with people she already knows, or meeting a group for the first time. She’s always been a people person and hates awkward silences.
Beauty and the Geek is the perfect opportunity for Josie to do something crazy and unexpected. She’s keen to break the stereotype of beauties being dumb, blonde and ditzy and to prove beauties can be females that are empowering, strong, smart and sophisticated.
Kiera – 23/VIC
23-year-old Kiera is a fun loving, big ball of energy. Listing her opinionated nature as both her strength and her weakness, her motto in life is that
“talent will get you in the door and personality will keep you in the room.”
As a public servant for the Victorian Government, Kiera admits that maths is definitely not one of her strong suits. She has a soft spot for geeks, which she credits to growing up with two brothers and is confident this will work in her favour to help her build a real and genuine connection with the geek she is partnered with.
Kiera describes herself as chaotic, romantic and fun and is least looking forward to the potential of crumbling under pressure when it comes to the challenges she is about to experience.
Having only had one relationship in the past, Kiera says,
“I think I can scare people away with how honest and full on I am sometimes.”
She’s worried her no filter personality might throw her geek off but is super keen to see any romances that may develop.
Kiera has no problem working by herself and in teams and says she really values human connections and loves having good friends to work with to make tasks even easier. She’s hoping her geek will be her best teammate yet and that she doesn’t scare him off!
Leticia – 25/ VIC
Despite her small size, Leticia’s big outrageous personality instantly fills any room she steps foot into. She brings this fun loving and carefree attitude into her professional life as a dental receptionist and can often be caught singing and talking to herself at the front desk.
At 25, Leticia says her dating life is non-existent and that she has never even been on a real date! Her usual type is a tall, fit guy with facial hair and tattoos but Letitia says she no longer pines after this kind of guy and instead wants an honest, genuine connection with a man who will prioritise her as his number one.
Leticia is a bona fide pocket rocket who is full of energy and is constantly apologising for being too full on. Coming into the series, Leticia says she loves the idea of two completely different worlds colliding and is excited to be her geek’s number one hype girl.
Her hobbies include going for a walk or hike with her girlfriends and says she
“has to get that insta-story worthy pic.”
She loves to work in teams and describes herself as enthusiastic, honest and loyal.
Alexander – 26/VIC
Alexander is a 26-year-old maths tutor who describes himself as ‘a bit of a nutty professor type.’ He has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Neuroscience, a Diploma
of Mathematics and Statistics and is now undergoing his Master of Teaching.
Not just a lover of all things mathematical and scientific, Alex also has a passion for juggling, video games, fine dining and classical music. His ideal weekend would be a
day jam packed with snowboarding down alps and spending breakfast, lunch and dinner in French restaurants overlooking snow-capped hills.
Describing himself as eccentric, rational and enthusiastic, Alex’s proudest achievement in life was winning the State Finals of the Brain Bee Contest in 2011. Apart from that,
he is also super proud of his academic achievements.
Alex admits he doesn’t have the best social skills and this is one of the reasons why he is most excited to meet his beauty. He says he has a desire to improve his social skills and to build deep and meaningful friendships in his life and to maybe even find a spark of romance. His usual type is a girl with green eyes, a good heart, kindness and empathy – attributes Alex sees in himself.
People are often surprised by Alex’s bubbly personality as he can get pretty nervous in social situations. His strengths are his logical and critical thinking when it comes to strategy and tactics, which he hopes will bring him success in the challenges that he is faced with in the game. He prefers to work in teams when his teammates are on the same page and as motivated as him but if someone is lazy or complacent, he much prefers to be a lone wolf.
Frank – 28/NSW
28-year-old Frank is an emergency doctor with an absolute passion for sports. Living in China until he moved to Australia with his mother when he was 9, Frank has always had the importance of a good education drilled into him.
Academically driven, Frank is obsessed with sports and loves anything from the footy to wrestling. For Frank, sports are to him what video games are to other geeks and being socially uncomfortable, his deep knowledge of statistics and historical sporting events comes from the fact that he spends his days and nights meticulously focussing on sports instead of interacting with his peers.
Frank’s proudest achievement in life has been becoming a doctor. Having had medical aspirations since he was 12, Frank says,
“It took persistence and dedication to get into medical school, and the 13-year journey was worth every minute.”
Describing himself as loud, charismatic and funny, Frank still gets extremely nervous around women, even when talking to his colleagues about work-related issues. He’s never been in a relationship and has made the decision to not use any dating apps.
Being part of Beauty and the Geek has been one of Frank’s lifelong dreams and says he can’t wait to meet his partner and to learn about her interests and passions. As a lover of sports, Frank’s dream girl would be athletic and if she enjoyed analysing sports that would definitely be an extra bonus.
Frank is determined to teach his partner about determination and never giving up on their dreams and ambitions and sharing his passion and knowledge of science, medicine and mathematics with Australia.
George – 27/ VIC
George is a 27-year-old escape room game master, who also plays Dungeons and Dragons professionally on the side. He dreams of one day becoming an action movie star and lists Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan as his inspirations.
Despite being very confident in a group of strangers, George does struggle when it comes to picking up social cues from girls if they are interested. His dating history is pretty minimal and although he has had serious relationships before, he’s never been into the casual dating scene and struggles if on a date with someone he’s met from an app.
His biggest passion in life is without a doubt Dungeons and Dragons. George and his friends have been playing one singular game for the past five years and he says,
“I love the creativity and entertainment side of it. The way it tells a story and challenges you creatively to solve complex problems in unique and engaging ways is unparalleled.”
George admits the romantic side of Beauty and the Geek is what he is most nervous about and that anything involving real romance is going to be way out of his comfort zone.
Despite this, George recognises this is exactly what he needs to push him in life and is looking forward to challenging himself every day and hopes to be able to inspire others to make a leap of faith outside of their comfort zones.
No stranger to physical abilities, George is always ready to take on a challenge at full force as he has trained in martial arts, physical theatre and used to be a break dancer. An unlikely geek, George is a natural leader but says his full-on attitude can sometimes get him into trouble.
Jackson – 19/SA
Standing at 6’4” with a deep voice and British accent, Jackson only moved to Australia a few years ago and since then has been loving his new life in Adelaide.
Jackson has an extensive hat collection that he is very proud of and his favourite reads ‘I am Jackson Palmer’ – his full name. He says it saves him a lot of time when he meets new people.
Jackson has a quirky sense of humour that matches his fashion sense and says he knows his style is not quite up to scratch. He’s hoping that one of the beauties will be able to help him in this department!
His ideal weekend would be waking up bright and early at 9am, because there is no better feeling of accomplishment than not sleeping in until lunchtime. Then he would go to a party at someone else’s house (never his own) and wake up on Sunday and eat chips with BBQ sauce in bed to make himself feel better.
Jackson is still waiting for his first kiss and his ideal girl would be someone who is genuine, knows how to have fun and always up for a bit of banter. He says because of his height and fashion sense he isn’t very photogenic and says,
“I have looked awkward in every photo that has ever existed!”
Even though he is pretty self-conscious, especially on the dance floor, Jackson is known to bust out his signature dance move the ‘wavebot.’
When it comes to social situations, Jackson often gets nervous when it is just him and one other person. He says small talk isn’t one of his strengths and this is what has made both of his two dates in the past awkward.
Group situations on the other hand are easy because he’s able to let the conversation between other continue until he has a joke that he is able to add in to the mix.
James – 25/ SA
25-year-old James has been an active member of the Cosplay community for 10 years, with Superman as his go to character. He is reserved, thoughtful and shy but once he finds his footing in a situation, his adventurous side comes out.
James rarely has the confidence to put himself into situations where there is any potential he could become embarrassed or disappointed. Despite this, James is pretty spontaneous, having once booked a two-week trip to Perth on a whim, but ended up staying for a year after accepting a job in a remote town in the Kimberley.
When it comes to his luck with the ladies, James doesn’t really have much luck at all. He’s never been in a relationship and he’s never been kissed. Coming into the series, James admits he is very nervous.
He’s nervous about how the beauties will see him and he’s nervous about how his personality, hobbies, and interests are going to be received by his new peers. James says this type of fear is what usually stops him from putting himself into new social situations.
For this reason, James is excited about seeing how far he can push himself out of his comfort zone and doesn’t want to think about what could go wrong or what could go right – he just wants to live with no regrets.
If James was to win Beauty and the Geek, he says he will use the money to buy a new Superman suit. He’s looking forward to meeting like-minded new friends in the geeks and is hopeful his beauty will like him and be glad to be paired with him.
Kiran – 30/ VIC
Kiran is a 30-year-old law graduate working at a tech start-up, who admits to being a huge cinema buff and an avid comic book reader. Having lived all over the world, Kiran is a good communicator and is quite charming.
Kiran describes his teen years as very awkward and even now the idea of approaching someone in a bar or connecting on a dating app terrifies him. He’s never been in a relationship and has become almost too comfortable with being alone. He says,
“If my dating history were sold in a bookstore, it would be a postcard or a pamphlet.”
Describing himself as a driven and intelligent hard worker, Kiran is also a worrier and can be uncomfortable in social situations. He’s looking forward to working with his partner to overcomes these challenges but is hoping nothing involves heights!
If Kiran and his beauty were to win, he would use the prize money to put down a deposit on a large apartment, large enough that
“when I do find someone to share my life with, there’s enough room for two.”
His ideal partner would be someone with a good sense of humour and who can laugh at his (terrible) jokes. A people pleaser, over thinker and bad counter, Kiran fears he is in a holding pattern and has been itching to do something big and scary
Kiran much prefers to be in a one-on-one social setting than in large groups and knows Beauty and the Geek is a once in a lifetime opportunity to really get out of his comfort zone.
Kyle – 22/ SA
22-year-old Kyle has an intense love and appreciation for military history and this passion for historic battles has seen him become a regular member at the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group which meets regularly to re-enact historic battles while kitted out in full armour and battle gear with wooden swords.
When he isn’t busy taking part in these re-enactments, Kyle also loves his video games and digital drawing and sketching. He has a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Visual Effects and his perfect weekend would see him enjoying a quiet day alone playing video games or finishing off a new piece of art or a piece of armour.
Kyle uses his impressive historical knowledge to inspire his artworks and he believes this is what helps his art to stand out from the crowd. He describes himself as chill, passionate and creative and even though he wasn’t popular in high school, he is a pretty good talker when it comes to art and history.
Kyle’s confidence in talking begins and ends with his passion for art and history though and he struggles when it comes to talking to girls. His last and only relationship was back in high school and he hasn’t had a date since.
He admits he isn’t very good at picking up cues that a girl is interested in him but is hoping this experience will help him out of his shell.
Lachlan – 32/ NSW
Lachlan runs a small motorsports PR agency and has taken a leap of faith by applying for Beauty and the Geek, hoping he will learn how to get out of the friend zone and finally find himself in a relationship.
At 32, Lachlan has never had a girlfriend and says,
“While I’m okay at becoming friends with girls, I can never seem to progress any further than that.”
He worries he is too nice for his own good and sometimes girls take advantage of that. His ideal partner would be someone he can have an intelligent conversation with and can help bring him out of his shell.
He has an almost photographic memory for motorsports stats and can name every Bathurst 1000 winner from 1963 to present. As well as being a MD, Lachlan also works as a motorsports and sim racing commentator and thanks to this, he is a great public speaker and is super confident when it comes to addressing crowds.
One on one interactions or small groups are Lachlan’s weakness and they make him really nervous and uncomfortable.
Lachlan is great at thinking on his feet and considers himself to be a kind and generous person. However, he admits he is probably a bit too resistant to change and he needs to be pushed out of his comfort zone often.
As well as motorsports, Lachlan loves to birdwatch and says his ideal weekend would start off with him commentating a motorsport event and then a relaxing bushwalk or going to the beach.
Lachlan has a lot to offer and heaps of room to grow but he just doesn’t have a lot of confidence to get himself there. Super loveable, his beauty is sure to be able to bring him out of his shell.
Mitchell – 28/ VIC
28-year-old Mitchell lives with his parents and dreams of being a video editor or screenwriter. He has countless ideas for the latest sci-fi or thriller movie and can talk for hours about the out of this world ideas he has come up with.
His ideal weekend would be sitting at home playing online games with his friends or going out to Good Game to play card games with his mates. Although he is outgoing and actually pretty confident, Mitch sees no point in even trying to look for a girlfriend, seeing as he still lives with his parents and is still waiting for his first kiss.
Mitchell’s strengths are his ability to be both a rational and creative thinker and what he lacks in fitness and physical ability he makes up for with a willingness to perform. He’s looking forward to seeing what he has to offer and to prove to Australia that geeks these days are so evolved that they couldn’t even be picked out in a crowd.
Considering himself as mature, considerate and sometimes even devious, Mitchell says his ideal girlfriend would be someone who is calm, sweet and aware of themselves and their surroundings. However, he says that due to his non-existent dating history, he has no idea what his usual type could even be.
If Mitchell were to win Beauty and the Geek, he would use the prize money to upgrade his desktop tower to a better unit for video editing and heavy gaming. He says it would cost at least $9500 but it would help him to achieve his dream job.
Sam – 23/ VIC
Born and raised in Victoria, 23-year-old Sam is your typical footy fan who works at the local grocery store. He responds to the nickname Napoleon Dynamite thanks to his afro – which he says everyone loves to rub for good luck.
Sam is pretty confident and isn’t scared to try any new opportunity that comes his way. He is a self-confessed fun-loving bloke who enjoys being around his friends and having a laugh, but despite his friendly nature he has never been in a relationship.
He doesn’t even have a usual type when it comes to girls and says that “nothing ever happens on Tinder.”
He has trouble crossing the friend zone and says his perfect first date would be watching the footy either at home or at the local pub. But he is ready and excited to listen to whatever his beauty has to say, agree with whatever she says and do whatever she tells him to do. He just wants to be helpful!
Sam has some strange achievements, such as the fact that he went to the same night club for 30 weeks in a row to get a medal and free entry for the rest of his life. He’s very proud of this and says having a night out with the boys is his ideal weekend.
Describing himself as determined but shy, Sam is most looking forward to meeting his fellow geeks and the beauties and to developing friendships with everyone.
Sam has an uncanny knack for betting on the right odds and more than once has once pretty substantial bets on the footy, which he has live streamed to his social media audience of mates.