The cast of Skins - where are they now?

From Nicholas Hoult and Dev Patel to Joe Dempsie and Kaya Scodelario, here are the stars who rose to fame in E4's Skins

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The cast of Skins - where are they now?
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E4’s boundary-pushing series Skins first burst onto our screens in 2007. 

In its time on our telly screens the teen drama has dealt with sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, as well as suicide, eating disorders, teenage pregnancy, bullying, homelessness... The list literally goes on and on. But it's kick-started the careers of plenty of British actors and actresses too.

As it returns for its seventh and final series, we look back at the stars the show has spawned…

Nicholas Hoult, About a Boy, Skins

Nicholas Hoult

Before Skins, Nicholas Hoult was pretty much purely known for his 2002 portrayal of Marcus Brewer in About A Boy. Well, that and some eye-catching eyebrows.

But Hoult is probably Skins' biggest success story. Since leaving arrogant Tony Stonem behind in 2008, the 23-year-old Berkshire born lad has abandoned the small screen for Hollywood roles in X-Men, Jack the Giant Slayer and Warm Bodies. And he's set to star in films Mad Max: Fury Road, Young Ones and Dark Places too.

Did we mention that he's also dated Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence? Now if that isn't success, we don't know what is.

Dev Patel, Skins, The Newsroom

Dev Patel

Another Skins graduate to have made it on the silver screen. When Patel said goodbye to half-hearted Muslim Anwar at the end of Skins series two, the 23-year-old quickly made a name for himself in Oscar-winning flick Slumdog Millionaire. (He also bagged co-star Freida Pinto as his GF... These Skins lads are certainly a success with the ladies.)

Patel went on to star in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel alongside Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy - and now plays journalist Neal Sampat in HBO's hit series The Newsroom.

Joe Dempsie, Skins, Game of Thrones, Gendry

Joe Dempsie

26-year-old Joe Dempsie played promiscuous, drug-addicted extrovert Chris Miles in the first generation of Skins, leaving in 2008 after his character died.

He's since appeared in fan favourites Doctor Who and Merlin as well as The Fades and Accused, but is best known nowadays for his current role in hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Dempsie plays Gendry, the illegitimate son of King Robert I and one of the many potential heirs to the coveted Iron Throne...

Cassie, Hannah Murray, Skins, Game of Thrones

Hannah Murray

Another Skins star to appear in HBO's George R. R. Martin adaptation Game of Thrones...

Hannah Murray played ethereal and lovable Cassie (who she is set to play again in Skins series seven) in the first two series of Skins, as the teen dealt with depression and an eating disorder. Her character in Game of Thrones is a troubled one too - she plays Gilly, the daughter and wife of wildling Craster.

Murray is also set to make a splash on the big screen, with main roles in films God Help the Girl and Lily & Kat.

Freya Mavor, Skins, The White Queen

Freya Mavor

From a bitchy college girl dealing with teen pregnancy to Princess Elizabeth of York. She's certainly going up in the world! You might recognise Freya, who played Mini McGuinness (is there a better TV name?!) in Skins, from new Sunday night period drama The White Queen.

Scottish born Mavor has also starred alongside Doctor Who's Karen Gillan in Not Another Happy Ending and in musical film Sunshine on Leith.

Kaya Scodelario, Skins

Kaya

Kaya first appeared in Skins as Tony Stonem's wayward sister Effy, before taking on a leading role in series three and four. Leaving the teen drama certainly didn't spell the end for Kaya. She's since starred as Cathy in Wuthering Heights, acted alongside Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine in Now Is Good and taken a leading role in Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes alongside Jessica Biel. AND she's set to star in The Maze Runner, Stay With Me, Invisible and Tiger House. Phew.

Jack O'Connell, Skins, Private Peaceful

Jack O'Connell

Troubled teen Cooke might be set to make his come back in Skins series 7, but the actor who plays him - 22-year-old Jack O'Connell - has more than moved on from his time in Skins.

Since leaving the E4 show in 2010 O'Connell has starred in The Runaway, Weekender, The Somnambulists, Tower Block, The Liability and Private Peaceful. He's got plenty on the horizon too - he's currently filming 300: Rise of an Empire.

Luke Pasqualino, Skins, Miranda

Luke Pasqualino

As Skins' Freddie, Luke Pasqualino adorned many a teenage girl's bedroom wall (we assume...) before leaving the series after his character was brutally murdered - anyone else still struggling to get that scene out of their heads?

Luckily, Pasqualino's acting career hasn't suffered a similar fate. The 23-year-old has since starred as Paolo in The Borgias, Kev in teen vampire flick Love Bite and Jason in hit BBC1 sitcom Miranda. And he's set to star as a musketeer in BBC1's new drama, too.

Alexander Arnold, Skins, A Mother's Son

Alexander Arnold

He played a long haired rocker turned bereaved boyfriend in Skins but you might recognise him from starring alongside Hermione Norris and Martin Clunes in ITV drama A Mother's Son. The 20-year-old has also appeared in In The Flesh and is set to star in Moths, The Salvation and What Remains, alongside Shameless' David Threlfall.

Datoka Blue Richards, Skins

Dakota Blue Richards

She already made something of a name (and what a name) for herself before joining the cast of Skins as Lyra in The Golden Compass, but since appearing in the fifth and sixth series of Skins, Richards' career has continued to thrive. She played Eve in supernatural drama Lightfields earlier this year and is set to star as Eloise in film The Fold next year.

Skins returns tonight at 10:00pm on E4