Laura Whitmore to star alongside husband Iain Sterling in his sitcom Buffering


Laura Whitmore entered the acting world with a splash, making her debut in the West End production 2:22 A Ghost Story last year. But it seems the Wicklow woman has caught the acting bug, as her next role has been announced. With Laura set to star in ITV’s sitcom Buffering, alongside husband Iain Sterling.

The show follows Iain (played by Mr Sterling himself), a children’s TV presenter as he navigates life in his 20s with a pack of eccentric flat mates.

The show premiered in 2021 to much success, but went on hiatus during the Covid-19 pandemic. Buffering is now returning this year, with Laura joining the series as Vic, a tough TV exec.


Iain won’t be the only familiar face on set as Emily Atack, Laura’s Celebrity Juice co-star, also stars in the show.

Also starring in the series is  David Carlyle from It’s A Sin, Game of Thrones star Tony Way, Melvin Odoom of The Xtra Factor, The Last Heist’s Tyne-Lexy Clarson, comedian Sophie Duker, and Coronation Street’s Gordon Kane.

Laura’s latest project comes after stepped back from presenting hit reality dating series, Love Island.


Laura recently opened up about her exit from the series. Explaining that it was challenging for her to not engage with contestants when they needed her.

Speaking to Psychologies magazine, Laura said: “There was only so much I can do as a host – I couldn’t support them or not support them. I couldn’t say anything.”

“So you kind of have to go quiet, and that was hard for me because I like to be able to have those conversations.”

“If I could [have done] things the way I wanted to, I’d probably still be doing it.”

When announcing her exit in August, Laura kept things fairly vague as to why she was leaving, citing, “certain elements of the show” as very difficult and scheduling conflicts.

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