The cast of Skins - where are they now?

The cast of Skins - where are they now?


E4’s boundary-pushing series Skins first burst onto our screens in 2007. In its time on TV the teen drama 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 we learn of yet another big casting for an alumnus of the series, let's take a 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 (though Jack O'Connell and Kaya Scodelario are on his tail). Since leaving arrogant Tony Stonem behind in 2008, the 25-year-old Berkshire born lad has abandoned the small screen for Hollywood roles in X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past, 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 24-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 as journalist Neal Sampat in HBO's hit series The Newsroom. He'll next be seen in District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, as well as a sequel to Marigold Hotel later this year.

Joe Dempsie, Skins, Game of Thrones, Gendry

Joe Dempsie

27-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 New Worlds, 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 A Bridgend Story 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 or from New Worlds alongside fellow Skins alumnus Joe Dempsie.

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 Scodelario

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, appeared in Southcliffe 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 sequel (after appearing in the first), Tiger House, The Moon and the Sun and the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel. Phew!

Jack O'Connell, Skins, Private Peaceful

Jack O'Connell

Troubled teen Cooke may have returned in the special series 7, but the actor who plays him - 24-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, Private Peaceful and 300: Rise of an Empire. But it's really the last year that has seen O'Connell tipped as a rising star, with acclaimed performances in Starred Up and '71, and emerging as the best thing from Angelina Jolie's flawed Unbroken.

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 24-year-old has since starred as Paolo in The Borgias, young Adama in Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome and Jason in hit BBC1 sitcom Miranda. And now he's a Musketeer on BBC primetime!

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 22-year-old has also appeared in In The Flesh, Moths, The Salvation and What Remains alongside Shameless' David Threlfall. Next he'll pop up in BBC1's Poldark, alongside The Hobbit's Aidan Turner.

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 and starred as Eloise in film The Fold. Next up? A role in comedy-drama Chick-Lit. Goodness, they keep busy.

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