10 Stars You Didn T Know Got Their Start Skins
When Skins premiered back in 2007 on E4, it launched the careers of countless British teen actors. Today, you might recognize their faces from Oscar-winning movies and Emmy-nominated shows. But before they were big-time stars, they were high schoolers who made every second count in their hometown of Bristol, England.
Skins ran for six seasons total — plus one all-too-brief reboot in 2013 — and contained three generations of stubborn and lovable characters. Let's revisit these friendships, shall we?
- Daniel Kaluuya, 'Posh Kenneth' E4
You know him as: Chris Washington in Get Out
- Nicholas Hoult, Tony Stonem E4
You know him as: Hank McCoy in the X-Men series, Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road , R in Warm Bodies , Jennifer Lawrence ’s ex-boyfriend
Skins ’s OG fuckboy alpha male grows out of his bad boy ways at the end of Season 1, setting the tone for the rest of the series.
- Hannah Murray, Cassie Ainsworth E4
You know her as: Gilly on Game of Thrones
To use Cassie’s favorite word, she’s a lovely character who navigates a complicated relationship with Sid, Tony’s best mate, while battling an eating disorder.
- Joe Dempsie, Chris Miles E4
You know him as: Gendry on Game of Thrones
I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen Skins yet, but it’s impossible to forget Chris once you meet him. His life motto, fuck it, is definitely one for the books.
- Dev Patel, Anwar Kharral E4
Anwar has so much going on, between his bromance with Maxxie, his sort-of girlfriend Sketch, and the expectations of his strict parents. His Muslim faith is ingrained in his identity, even though he doesn’t always follow the religion.
- Kaya Scodelario, Effy Stonem E4
You know her as: Teresa in the Maze Runner series
Dear Effy is by far the series’s wild card. She gives zero fucks about anything and everything — until she falls in love circa Season 3.
- Kathryn Prescott, Emily Fitch E4
You know her as: Carter Wilson on Finding Carter
Prescott and her real-life twin sister, Megan, play twins Emily and Katie in the series. Emily’s the quiet one — the doormat, as Katie puts it in Season 3. This changes by Season 4.
- Jessica Sula, Grace Blood E4
You know her as: Maddie Graham on Recovery Road
Hands down, Grace is the sweetest, most loyal, and generous friend on the show. She has this uncanny ability to see the good in everyone.
- Sebastian de Souza, Matty Levan E4
You know him as: Wes Stewart on Recovery Road
Matty the runaway is torn. He leaves home but can’t stay away for long. His brother Nick needs him, even though he doesn’t know it.
- Sean Teale, Nick Levan E4
You know him as: Louis, Prince of Condé on Reign
Yeah, here’s yet another tumultuous relationship between siblings. Things get especially complicated when girls — OK, Frankie — get involved. Let this be a lesson learned: Shit goes down when you mess with your brother’s girl.