Survivor 43: Meet the 18 Castaways Competing for 1M (PHOTOS)

Survivor 43
Cast from Survivor Season 43. Pictured (L-R): Justine Brennan, Jesse Lopez, Noelle Lambert, Dwight Moore, Nneka Ejere, Cody Assenmacher, Elisabeth “Elie” Scott, Owen Knight, Morriah Young, Sami Layadi, Jeanine Zheng, Mike ‘Gabler’ Gabler, Lindsay Carmine, James Jones, Geo Bustamante, Ryan Medrano, Karla Cruz Godoy and Cassidy Clark. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Survivor announced the 18 new castaways who will compete against each other when the iconic series kicks off an all-reality Wednesday night, It returns for its 43rd season with a two-hour premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. The series is also available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+*. The show is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst.

After 22 years on television, 646 castaways and 639 torch snuffs, the premiere of season 43 will be the CBS Original series’ 621st episode, launching a new chapter of the groundbreaking reality competition.

The castaways, fending for themselves on the island of Fiji, will be divided into three tribes of six and face a faster, more extreme season from the moment they step on the beach. 

The individuals competing on season 43 all have the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast. And in the end, only one will remain to claim the title of Sole Survivor and win the $1 million prize.

The following are the 18 new castaways competing on Survivor 43

Survivor Cassidy Clark
Cassidy Clark from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2022 

Name: Cassidy Clark
Age: 26
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Current Residence: Austin, Texas
Occupation: Designer

Survivor Cody Assenmacher
Cody Assenmacher from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Cody Assenmacher
Age: 35
Hometown: Preston, Iowa
Current Residence: Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: Elevator sales

Survivor Dwight Moore
Dwight Moore from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2022 

Name: Dwight Moore
Age: 22
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.
Current Residence: Collierville, Tenn.
Occupation: Graduate student

Survivor Elisabeth "Elie" Scott
Elisabeth “Elie” Scott from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS

Name: Elisabeth “Elie” Scott
Age: 31
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah
Occupation: Clinical psychologist

Survivor Geo Bustamante
Geo Bustamante from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Geo Bustamante
Age: 36
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Current Residence: Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: Project manager

Survivor James Jones
James Jones from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: James Jones
Age: 37
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.
Occupation: Event planner

Survivor Jeanine Zheng
Jeanine Zheng from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2022 

Name: Jeanine Zheng
Age: 24
Hometown: South Hamilton, Mass.
Current Residence: San Francisco, Calif.
Occupation: UX designer

Survivor Jesse Lopez
Jesse Lopez from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2022 

Name: Jesse Lopez
Age: 30
Hometown: Venice, Calif.
Current Residence: Durham, N.C.
Occupation: Political science PhD

Survivor Justine Brennan
Justine Brennan from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Justine Brennan
Age: 29
Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.
Current Residence: Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Occupation: Cyber security sales

Survivor Karla Cruz Godoy
Karla Cruz Godoy from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Karla Cruz Godoy
Age: 28
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Current Residence: Newark, Del.
Occupation: Educational project manager

Survivor Lindsay Carmine
Lindsay Carmine from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Lindsay Carmine
Age: 42
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
Current Residence: Downingtown, Pa.
Occupation: Pediatric nurse

Survivor Mike ‘Gabler’ Gabler
Mike “Gabler” Gabler from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Mike ‘Gabler’ Gabler
Age: 52
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Current Residence: Meridian, Idaho
Occupation: Heart valve specialist

Survivor Morriah Young
Morriah Young from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Morriah Young
Age: 28
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.
Occupation: Teacher

Survivor Nneka Ejere
Nneka Ejere from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Nneka Ejere
Age: 43
Hometown: Weatherford, Texas
Current Residence: Weatherford, Texas
Occupation: Pharmacist

Survivor Noelle Lambert
Noelle Lambert from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Noelle Lambert
Age: 25
Hometown: Londonderry, N.H.
Current Residence: Manchester, N.H.
Occupation: U.S. Paralympian

Survivor Owen Knight
Owen Knight from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Owen Knight
Age: 30
Hometown: Bethesda, Md.
Current Residence: New Orleans, La.
Occupation: College admissions director

Survivor Ryan Medrano
Ryan Medrano from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Ryan Medrano
Age: 25
Hometown: Savannah, Ga.
Current Residence: El Paso, Texas
Occupation: Warehouse associate

Survivor Sami Layadi
Sami Layadi from SURVIVOR Season 43. — Photo: Robert Voets/CBS 

Name: Sami Layadi
Age: 19
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Current Residence: Las Vegas, Nev.
Occupation: Pet cremator

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