Skins (Generation 1): Where Are They Now?
It's hard to believe, but it's been seven years since Skins first graced our screens. Of course, I'm talking about the UK version (the dismal American version should be forgotten by all); the story of a group of teens growing up in Bristol- having sex, doing drugs, partying, suffering from mental illnesses, dealing with dysfunctional families, all while still having to pass their A levels.
Though Skins went on for seven seasons, many fans argue that its first and second season were the best, mainly due to the stellar casting. While some of the show's stars can easily be seen on TV and the movie screens, some of the others have seemingly disappeared since their days on Skins. Which brings us to the question: where is the Skins (Generation 1) cast now?
Did You Know?
Nicholas' breakout role was playing Marcus in the Hugh Grant film, About A Boy, which he starred in at age 13.
Nicholas Hoult has kept pretty busy since his days of playing bad boy, Tony Stonem.
He's acted in several movies, including X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and starred in the zombie romance movie, Warm Bodies. Hoult also had a small role in Clash Of The Titans and played the titular character in the film, Jack The Giant Slayer.
And let's be honest: Hoult's also gotten a lot of attention for being Jennifer Lawrence's on-again/off-again boyfriend.
Next year, Hoult will star as Nux in the newest Mad Max film, Mad Max: Fury Road, and will also star alongside Twilght's Kristen Stewart in sci-fi/romantic drama, Equals.
April Pearson played Tony's girlfriend, and everyone's crush, Michelle Richardson. Though she was one of the main characters on the show, she honestly hasn't been up to very much since then.
Pearson appeared on the BBC medical drama, Casualty, in 2008 (coincidentally, she also had her television debut on the same show in 1998). She also starred in a British slasher film, Tormented, in 2009 (along fellow Skins co-star, Larissa Wilson). Pearson's done a few stints in theatre; she starred in the play, Suspension, as well as a play called Negative Space.
Next year, Pearson will star in a British action film titled Age of Kill.
Who can forget Mike Bailey as Tony's best friend, the naive, yet undeniably loveable Sidney "Sid" Jenkins?
Since his days of playing Sid, Mike Bailey has been pretty MIA. He's done a few small things (namely acting in the British drama 1066: The Battle For Middle Earth), and was last seen in the 2013 movie, We Are The Freaks.
Hannah Murray played the eccentric character, Cassie Ainsworth, in both the first and seventh seasons of Skins. Since Skins, Murray's been quite busy!
Since 2012, Murray has starred as Gilly in the HBO drama, Game of Thrones. She was recently promoted from a recurring character to a series regular. Murray's also acted in the films Dark Shadows, Womb and Chatroom. She made an appearance in TV movies like Agatha Christie's Why Didn't They Ask Evans? and Above Suspicion: Red Dahlia. Murray has also done work on stage, starring in the West End production of That Face. She recently played the starring role in the play, Martine.
Murray has two films in post-production: Lily & Kat and Suburbs. She's also due to star in the upcoming film, No Way To Live.
And, of course, in 2013 Hannah Murray returned to the seventh and final season of Skins to reprise her role of Cassie.
Did You Know?
After leaving Skins, Dempsie became the spokesperson for Clearasil ads in the UK.
Joe Dempsie played the character that everyone loved, Chris Miles. Though he bowed out a bit early on Skins, Dempsie has kept very busy since acting on the show.
Like Hannah Murray, Dempsie has a full time job on Game of Thrones, playing Gendry. Dempsie has also had roles in TV shows like This is England '86, The Fades, and Moving On.
Most recently, Dempsie was seen in the Channel 4 mini-series drama, New Worlds. He also stars in the upcoming British sci-fi film, Monsters: Dark Continent.
Larissa Wilson played Jal Fazer, the clarinet-playing girlfriend of Chris Miles.
Since Skins, Wilson honestly hasn't done a whole lot of acting. In 2008, she appeared in the TV show Holby City, and in 2009 she acted alongside April Pearson in the British horror film, Tormented. Wilson acted in the 2012 mini-series, The Town, and last made three guest appearances on the British crime show, Suspects.
Mitch Hewer played openly gay character, Maxxie Oliver during both seasons of Gen 1. Since his days playing Maxxie, Hewer has acted in various TV shows (including Never Mind The Buzzcocks) and has done a fair amount of singing; even auditioning for Glee in 2010. He will next star in the Panto performance of Aladdin in Peterborough this December.
Speaking of Maxxie, remember his stalker, Sketch? Aimee-Ffion Edwards has stayed busy with TV roles; she's acted in Casualty, Being Human, Luther, Peaky Blinders, and currently stars in the show, Detectorists.
Daniel Kaluuya is best known for playing minor character, Posh Kenneth. Among other small roles, Kaluuya acted in The Fades as well as Kick-Ass 2. Kaluuya also raps, and his music was featured in season 3 of Skins.
The character of Effy Stonem was a minor one until Gen 2, but Kaya Scodelario still made an impact as Tony's younger sister. Since then, Scodelario has acted in Clash of the Titans and Wuthering Heights. Scodelario also returned to Skins for the 7th season in 2013. This year, she acted in the film adaptation of the YA dystopian novel, The Maze Runner, and will also appear in the 2015 sequel, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.
Though Dev Patel's role as Anwar Kharral was a relatively small one, he's gone on to be one of the biggest breakout stars from the series. Patel famously starred in the award-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire, for which he won numerous awards, including a Screen Actor's Guild Award. Patel also starred in the film adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Most recently, he was seen in the critically-acclaimed film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and is currently filming the sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which will be released next year. He also stars in the HBO drama series, The Newsroom.
Who Was Your Favourite Character On Skins (Gen 1)?
I'm fairly sure that we won't ever see a proper Skins reunion or movie (Season 7 is all we're gonna get, folks), but the first generation of Skins will always live on. From the legendary to cast to the amazing plots, it'll be hard to forget where the show started, and it's good to see that some of the show's stars have moved on to bigger and more exciting things.
For those of us that are still feeling nostalgic for that perfect first gen, there's always the Skins series on DVD or Netflix!
One of the Best Moments from Season 1 . . .
© 2014 Brittany Doherty