What's become of the people you desperately wanted to be when you were fifteen?
Remember the E4 programme Skins? For the uninitiated (where were you?!), it was the hit teenage drama which followed a group of Bristol teenagers who were more interested in raving than revising for their GCSE mocks. Pretty much every teenager in the UK wanted to have a ‘Skins party’, and most of us liked to think that the show was a super realistic representation of our lives. Even if most of us had to settle for a couple of warm Bacardi Breezers in someone’s living room.
Skins was a massive hit with people way outside of the target audience tuning in to see who was going to sleep with who that week, and each episode followed a different central character. The show had a massive seven seasons, though we think it’s fair to say that the first two were easily the best.
The first episode of the show came nine years ago in 2007 – we know, terrifying. The cast, who were teens at the time, are all grown up these days, and the show seems to have given most of them pretty stellar careers. So where are the cast of Skins now since our favourite E4 show wrapped?
First up is Joe Dempsie, who played loveable waster and drug enthusiast Chris. Chris’s death in the second season of the show was pretty much one of the most heart breaking things on TV. Since Skins finished, Joe’s had a pretty impressive career: he’s been in This is England 90 and Doctor Who, though he’s best know for playing Gendry in Game of Thrones. Sadly, Gendry has been missing for the last two seasons of the show, but we’re hoping might reappear any day now.
Also, is it just us or does he look a little bit like Ewan McGregor?
Nicholas Hoult first stole our hearts when he co-starred with Hugh Grant in About a Boy, before making a change of pace to play manipulated bad boy Tony Stonem, and has kept working in impressive film roles ever since Skins finished. He has appeared in Mad Max: Fury Road, Dark Places and of course played Hank McCoy/Beast in the massive X-Men franchise, where he met ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence.
Lily played Naomi Campbell (who didn’t appreciate jokes about her name) in the third series of Skins. Lily has worked consistently since the show finished, appearing in a multitude of dramas including Bedlam and The Fades. She can currently be seen appearing as Elodie in the BBC’s The Musketeers.
One of the most memorable moments from the entire seven series of Skins was when Maxxie, played by Mitch Hewer, revealed the most impressive set of abs most viewers had ever seen. Last year, Mitch appeared in supernatural thriller Nightlight, and he also starred in a music video for Selena Gomez.
Mike appeared in the show as Sid, the geeky best friend to Tony Stonem. He had a massive crush on his best friend’s girlfriend and was totally oblivious that Cassie was in love with him. Mike hasn’t done a whole lot of acting since leaving the show, although in 2013 he appeared in the film We Are The Freaks.
Dakota was already pretty famous before she joined the cast of skins, having starred in children’s film The Golden Compass. She played Frankie in the fifth and sixth seasons. Since Skins she’s gone on to star in sci-fi film The Quite Hour.
Kaya played moody younger sister Effy Stonem, to Nicholas Hoult’s Tony. Effy also appeared in the three later episodes which followed the characters into adulthood, inexplicably as an investment banker. She has since starred in the US blockbuster The Maze Runner, and as Cathy in Wuthering Heights
In real life, Kaya married actor and comedian Benjamin Walker and are expecting their first child together.
Dev might just be the Skins cast’s biggest success story to date. He went from playing the relativity low key character of Anwar, to starring in the mega-hit film Slumdog Millionaire. Dev won a BAFTA for his performance and has since gone on to star in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Jack O’Connoll, who played loud-mouth bad boy, Cook, has gone on to have a stellar career. He starred in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, won the BAFTA rising star award, and most recently joined George Clooney and Julia Roberts in Jodie Foster’s film Money Monster.
April played Michelle, (otherwise known as ‘nips’) Tony’s long suffering girlfriend. She went on to appear in indie horror Age of Kill and recently starred in a music video for band The Wombats.
Hannah played fan favourite Cassie, a character who was suffering from anorexia. Hannah also returned to Skins to film an episode which followed Cassie as an adult. Aside from Skins, Hannah got great reviews for a spell on stage in the West End, and is now best known for playing wildling Gilly in Game of Thrones.
Luke played Freddie, who was pretty much everyone’s dream boy in the later series of Skins, at least until his character was brutally murdered. Since the series Luke has gone on to star alongside fellow Skins alumni Lily Loveless as d’Argent in the BBC’s The Musketeers.