‘Skins’: Where are the teenage tearaways now?

Ten years ago, E4 phenomenon 'Skins' hit our TV screens for the very first time

From house parties to reckless relationships to deathly plots, teen-drama Skins had it all. The E4 phenomenon placed itself at the heart of suburban teenage life, navigating sex, booze, drugs and mental health like nothing else of its time. Ten years on from its 2007 launch, where are the actors and actresses that portrayed our favourite characters now? From A-listers and Oscar nominees to complete unknowns, here’s what the beloved Bristolians are up to, these days…

Nicholas Hoult as Tony Stonem

The lead in series one, Hoult’s character Tony was certainly difficult to love. But since then, the childhood About a Boy star has won over the general public through roles in X-Men: First Class, Kill Your Friends and Mad Max. He’s due to have a busy 2018, reprising his role in X-Men: Dark Phoenix and an will play the titular role in Tolkien, an upcoming biographical drama about the writer’s life.

Mike Bailey as Sid Jenkins

Following a part as Tony’s hapless mate Sid in Skins, Bailey has acted sparingly since, the last notable project being 2013 film We Are The Freaks, a bleak comedy set in post-Thatcher Birmingham.

Dev Patel as Anwar Kharral

Leaving Skins after the second season, Patel was soon cast in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire in 2008 where he won numerous awards and was nominated for a BAFTA. His role in 2017’s Lion earned an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and this year will star in Hotel Mumbai, a thriller about the Mumbai attacks in 2008.


Joe Dempsie as Chris Miles

Dempsie received wide praise for his portrayal of the hedonistic Chris Miles. He went on to appear in Doctor Who and This is England as well as Tom Hooper film The Damned United. He then landed the role of Gendry in Game of Thrones and made his long awaited return to the show in 2017.

Hannah Murray as Cassie Ainsworth

Following her superb role as away-with-the-fairies Cassie, Murray is now best known for her portrayal of Gilly in Game of Thrones, and in 2017 had a supporting role in the criticallay acclaimed Detroit

Daniel Kaluuya as Posh Kenneth

Daniel played Posh Kenneth in the first two seasons of Skins, where he was also a contributing writer. Since then he’s been nominated for an Oscar for his role in Get Out, starred in the brilliant Black Panther and will apear in heist thriller Widows later this year.

Kaya Scodelario as Effy Stonem

A bit-part character in season one, Effy soon flourished in the second generation. Scodelario was subsequently cast in Maze Runner and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and has been cast in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a thriller about serial killer Ted Bundy.


Jack O’Connell as James Cook

After his turn as the troublemaking Cook, O’Connell has been appearing on the big screen ever since, including for Harry Brown, Starred Up and 300: Rise of an Empire. In 2015, he won the BAFTA Rising Star award. O’Connell appeared along side Dame Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz and Cara Delevingne in the 2017 release of adapted novel Tulip Fever, and was also in Scott Frank’s miniseries Godless.

Luke Pasqualino as Freddie McClair

After his role as Freddie, Pasqualino was seen in television roles in Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome and The Musketeers. In 2017 he appeared alongside Rupert Grint and Ed Westwick in comedy crime-drama Snatch

Ollie Barbieri as JJ Jones

Likeable, off-kilter magician JJ Jones was a key part of ‘The Three Musketeers’ friendship group, but this prominent role didn’t lead to many high-profile acting gigs. His biggest was in 2011 comedy film Anuvahood. However, he made his first appearance in film in six years for horror drama Blood Money last year.

Kathryn Prescott as Emily Fitch

In only her second acting role, Prescott was cast as Emily Fitch in Skins’ second generation. Prescott has since continued acting, including roles in Reign and MTV’s teen drama Finding Carter. Latest project, comedy drama Dude, is scheduled for release in 2018.


Lisa Backwell as Pandora Moon

Despite being the polar opposite to best friend Effy, Pandora’s naivety won her plenty of fans – but very few acting roles followed. Backwell’s last gig was in 2012 as Anne Porter for television drama Endeavour.