Skins cast now - Teacher, Oscar winner, bodybuilder, parent and crash victim

By Verity Sulway

For many millennials, Skins took them through their difficult teenage years as a group of runaway teenagers and their dysfunctional families navigated through life in the late 2000s to early 2010s.

The hard-hitting programme featured hilarious moments and well-written, multi-faceted characters, and it dealt with prevalent issues from drugs to eating disorders.

Running for six years and winning numerous awards, including Best TV Show at the 2011 NME Awards, many were sad to say goodbye to the quirky pals when the show ended in 2013.

But it still has a cult following, with many of its scenes and catchphrases honoured on TikTok, and while its stars have grown up and made impressive career moves, most of them are still mostly known for their Skins role.

Let's take a look at where the Skins cast is now.

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Kathryn Prescott

Skins star Kathryn Prescott is said to be 'out of danger after being hit by a cement truck in New York (Getty)
Megan and Kathryn Prescott played Katie and Emily Fitch (PA)

Kathryn Prescott played one half of the warring Fitch twins - Katie and Emily.

The 30-year-old, who played Emily, was recently injured in a horrific accident while crossing the road in New York.

She was struck by a cement truck and broke her pelvis, both legs foot and hand, with her twin sister Megan, who played Katie, announcing Kathryn had life-changing injuries and had "narrowly avoided paralysis".

"She is incredibly lucky to be alive," wrote Megan.

"The doctors are hopeful that she will make a full recovery but this will only be possible with the correct care right now."

Megan said Kathryn underwent "complex surgery" after the crash, which will leave her needing 24-hour care once she leaves the hospital.

But her family have confirmed her condition is now stable, with her mum telling MailOnline : "It’s absolutely awful. Thankfully she’s off life-threatening status."

Following her stint on Skins, which ended in 2010, Kathryn admitted she'd found it tough working with her sister in such close proximity.

"It is trying working with Megan because it's very full on," she told The Sun in 2010.

"We're not very close twins - we went to separate schools and never wanted to do the twin thing in our careers, but Skins was too good an opportunity to miss."

She added: "Now we will definitely go our separate ways again."

In 2014, Kathryn starred in MTV's Finding Carter, and in 2019 she played CJ in the film A Dog's Journey.

Megan Prescott

Megan, who played Katie Fitch, was heartbroken at the news of her sister's accident and at not being able to visit her.

She explained she’d been unable to get a visa to travel to the US, and appealed for information on how she would be able to get to her sister.

Megan shared details of a Go Fund Me campaign, created by the twins’ younger brother Ben, which is to raise vital cash to help Megan fly to New York, and stay there for the foreseeable future while her sister recovers.

"My sister Kathryn Prescott has sustained major injuries after being hit by a cement truck in NYC. She has no family there, and will need extensive help getting back on her feet," the appeal began.

Megan is currently unable to fly to New York directly, as non-US citizens are not allowed entry into the country due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

"I will need to fly to Canada, remain their (sic) for two weeks, then fly to the US after my quarantine," Megan continued.

She said her "financial resources are extremely limited", and she needed to raise the money before she flew to Canada, as it was illegal to make any money while in the country as she would be travelling to Canada and the US as a tourist.

"I am therefore asking for funds that will allow me to travel to and remain with Kat for the time that she needs me. Please, please consider donating anything that you can," Megan added.

"I need to be there to help her with literally everything as she will be able to do incredibly little by herself. She will be in rehab for a very long time and will need 24/hr care even after she leaves the hospital," she explained.

Megan Prescott begged for help to visit her sister in hospital (Instagram)
Megan Prescott stunned fans with her muscly transformation (Megan Precott/Instagram)

Megan said she has both Covid vaccinations, and was devastated to have her application to travel directly to the US denied.

The former actress said she is able to "fly at the drop of a hat" and is "willing to do anything to get to her as soon as humanly possible" as she does not want her sister to "go through this alone".

She has since been granted permission to fly to New York to be with her sister, and thanked her followers for their support.

"I will be able to be with Kathryn tomorrow and that is absolutely amazing but please take a minute to think about what’s happening to so many others right now who don’t have the luxury of so much support and who can’t get to their families," she wrote on social media.

"I am incredibly lucky but so many others won’t be."

After starring on Skins, Megan appeared in Silent Witness and Holby City, horror movie Shortcuts To Hell: Volume 1, as well as feature film Sleeping Rough.

In 2016, Megan revealed she had become a bodybuilder, showing off her impressive physique on Body Fixers and competing in national bodybuilding competitions.

In snaps showcasing her transformation, Megan wrote on Instagram : "I did this to prove to myself, and everyone else that WHATEVER your goal is, be it a #fitnessgoal or just a general #lifegoal it will only work as much as you do for it.

"I am obsessed with food and I love heavy lifting and I've had to change up both routines a lot in the last year but once I've competed in the British finals in a competition I never EVER thought I had the motivation to enter, I will feel like I can do f***ing anything."

Jack O'Connell - Cook

Skins bad boy Cook was a favourite with fans (channel 4)

The bad boy of the second generation’s ‘Three Musketeers’, Cook was always up to mischief and getting into dangerous situations.

The Liam Gallagher wannabe would often hurt those who care for him most, including best pals Freddie and JJ, but showed his courageous nature at the end.

Sadly, Jack lost his father while he was filming Skins in 2008, and he told the Evening Standard : "It was tough — I lost my dad halfway through.

"I’m trying to do a comedy drama and I’ve lost one of the biggest inspirations of my life."

After his dad's death, Jack told the New York Times he "didn't stop partying for like seven years".

Jack returned to the role for the follow-up adult series where Cook was nearly killed while living life as a hard-up drug dealer in Manchester.

The actor has gone on to have one of the most successful careers of anyone that appeared in the show.

Jack O'Connell was cast by Angelina Jolie in Unbroken (WireImage)

In 2009, Jack starred in hard-hitting vigilante thriller Harry Brown alongside Michael Caine, who named him as a "star of the future".

He played Bobby Charlton in TV film United in 2011 and an Athenian warrior in 300: Rise of an Empire, and starred in Angelina Jolie's war epic Unbroken in 2014, receiving much praise and a BAFTA Rising Star Award.

He would go on to cite working with Angelina as "an intervention" which changed his life as he abandoned his partying ways and focused hard on his career.

He starred in a multitude of films after this, including Money Monster, The Man with the Iron heart, Trial by Fire, Seberg, and in Netflix western series Godless in 2017.

Jack most recently starred in The North Water, a BBC mystery series also starring Colin Farrell and Stephen Lawrence which was released in July.

He said in a Guardian interview earlier this month that his acting roles in various period pieces have inspired him to go back into education, and he plans to study history.

Kaya Scodelario - Effy

Kaya Scodelario embarked on a career in Hollywood (Getty Images for Paramount Pictu)
Kaya is now a mum after welcoming a son in 2016 (WireImage)

Effy Stonem made her debut in the first two series of skins as Tony's little sister, before becoming a main character in the next two seasons.

A seemingly quiet teen, she lived a double life – transforming into a troubled night-owl, partying beyond her tender years once the clock struck midnight.

One of the show’s longest serving character, Effy became the central figure and had three friends competing for her affections.

She made her film debut in sci-fi thriller Moon in 2009 before appearing in the Hollywood blockbuster remake of Clash of the Titans.

Things have only got better from there as Kaya has become a Hollywood mainstay as well as modelling for Teen Vogue, Nylon, Instyle UK, Elle UK and Vogue.

The actress starred in all three films in the Maze Runner trilogy and alongside Johnny Depp in the latest Pirate of the Caribbean movie - Dead Men Tell No Tales.

She even returned to the series that made her as an adult Effy in Skins' special Fire episode.

In 2019, she played the lead in Netflix drama series Spinning Out, and Ted Bundy's wife in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, as well as landing a gig as the face of Cartier.

After a brief romance with her Skins co-star Jack, Kaya married actor Benjamin Walker in 2015, having met him when they starred in The King's Daughter in 2014.

The couple both adopted the surname Scodelario-Davis, and they have one son, who was born in November 2016 in New Zealand, where they live.

Daniel Kaluuya, who was another of Kaya's Skins co-stars, is her son's godfather.

Luke Pasqualino - Freddie

Luke Pasqualino played Freddie (The Daily Mirror)
Luke Pasqualino has transformed since his Skins days (Wenn)

An all-round heart-throb, skateboarder Freddie proved to have a heart of gold.

A sucker for Effy from the moment he met her at college, these feelings caused havoc when a love triangle emerged between himself and Cook for her affections.

Luke's time on Skins came to an abrupt end when (spoiler alert) Freddie was brutally murdered in a gory scene that still haunts viewers to this day.

After that shocking exit from Skins, Luke went on to have a very successful acting career.

He went on to star in Warner Bros. horror movie, The Apparition, alongside Harry Potter's Tom Felton and Twilight's Ashley Greene.

In 2013 he starred in post-apocalyptic thriller, Snowpiercer, featuring Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Chris Evans, and has made appearances in Casualty, Miranda and as D'Artagnan in BBC One drama, The Musketeers.

Luke's most famous recent role is playing Michelle Keegan's love interest Elvis in Our Girl, who also had a tear-jerking death.

Dev Patel - Anwar

Dev played awkward teenager Anwar, a role he landed after being persuaded by his mum to bunk off school and audition (PA)
Dev would win a whole new fanbase when he grew a beard and beefed up (PA)

Dev Patel landed the role of goofy Anwar without any previous professional acting experience.

The characterisation of Anwar was partly based on Patel's personality and the role was written specifically for him after he was cast in Skins having bunked off school to audition on his mother's orders.

During the second series, Dev was always flying back and forth from India for "this little film with Danny Boyle", which would end up being smash hit Slumdog Millionaire, in which he played Jamal Mailk, and the film cleared up with eight Oscars at the 2009 Academy Awards.

Dev has now won a multitude of accolades including a BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics' Choice Award, as well as being nominated for an Oscar for his role as Saroo Brierley in Lion alongside Nicole Kidman.

To play Saroo, an Indian child who was separated from his family and adopted into an Australian family, Dev beefed up and totally transformed.

To prepare for the role, Dev spent months alone in India travelling by train, visiting orphanages, meeting with Saroo’s Indian and Australian families, to help him form what he called "a truthful memory map".

Dev, seen here in David Copperfield, initially battled being typecast as a character with a think Indian accent (UGC)

After this initial success, Dev had expected more parts to come knocking for him - but he found he was being typecast as a "goofy sidekick" character with an Indian accent.

He told The Guardian he felt a similar thing had happened to his Slumdog Millionaire co star Freida Pinto - while she was landing huge Hollywood roles, she tended to play an "exotic beauty next to all these Caucasian leading men".

But when Dev was cast as David Copperfield in The Personal History of David Copperfield, he was baffled to learn he was playing "basically Charles Dickens".

He told The Guardian he initially turned down the role, afraid his ethnicity would distract viewers if no explanation was offered as to why the character wasn't white.

But similarly, Dev had so often been cast as Indian characters when in fact he is British.

He recalled feeling he was "not British enough to be fully British" but "not Indian enough to be fully Indian".

He starred also in The Best Exotic Marigold hotel, Hotel Mumbai, and The Green Knight, which was released this year.

Dev dated Freida for six years before their split, and he is now in a relationship with Australian actress Tilda Cobham-Herve.

Daniel Kaluuya - Kenneth

Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor at the 2021 Oscars (Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images)

Posh Kenneth got his nickname for trying to make it as a rapper while being very well spoken.

While Kenneth was a small role in Skins, Daniel himself was a contributing writer during the first two series and was head writer for two episodes.

Following on from Skins, Daniel appeared in Silent Witness and Doctor Who, as well as Black Mirror episode Fifteen Million merits.

Kaluuya appeared as Agent Colin Tucker in the 2011 film Johnny English Reborn and was Black Death in Kick-Ass 2.

Daniel has been on the up ever since, having played a supporting role in 2015's Sicario, before leaving us all terrified as the victim in horror movie Get Out in 2018.

Daniel Kaluuya was known for his funny role as Posh Kenneth in Skins - and behind the scenes he helped write the show (E4)

He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance and received the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

The actor then entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing tribe leader W'Kabi in Black Panther in 2018.

This year, Daniel won an Oscar for his supporting role as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah, for which he also won a BAFTA, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.

He was the the first British actor of African heritage to win an Academy Award.

Daniel is in a relationship with Amandla Crichlow, the daughter of civil rights campaigner Frank Crichlow, one of the Mangrove Nine.

He is godfather to his co-star Kaya's four-year-old son.

Nicholas Hoult - Tony

Nicholas Hoult played Tony (Mike Marsland Photos/Channel 4)

Tony Stonem thought he was the bees knees and had the world at his feet until a road accident brought him down to earth with a crash.

Series 2 charted the aftermath, Tony struggled tried to overcome his injuries and trying to patch up his relationships with his friends, family and girlfriends.

After Skins finished, Nicholas made a very swift transition into movies with a big screen role alongside Colin Firth in the excellent drama, A Single Man in 2009.

After appearing in Clash of the Titans, he got his biggest role to date as Hank McCoy (aka The Beast) in the new X-Men franchise.

His first time out as The Beast came in 2011's X-Men: First Class, but was followed by Days Of Future Past, Apocalypse and Dark Phenoix.

There have been a host of other big money blockbusters, including Jack the Giant Slayer and paranormal romantic comedy, Warm Bodies.

Nicholas also starred alongside Tom Hardy in the Mad Max reboot and played J. R. R. Tolkien in 2019's Tolkien.

In 2021, he starred in the survival thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead.

Since 2017, he has been in a relationship with American model Bryana Holly, and the couple welcomed a son in 2018.

Hannah Murray - Cassie

The scatty, lovable but fragile Cassie Ainsworth won many fans over with her kooky personality.

The troubled teen suffered from a crippling eating disorder and other mental health issues but had the support of her friends.

She had an on-off romance with Sid, who came all the way to New York to find her, with fans praying for them to become a couple from the start.

Although the blossoming will-they-won’t-fthey sexual tension between the pair sparked love, chaos and despair over two seasons.

Actress Hannah initially turned to the stage for post-Skins success, making her debut as Mia in the West End production, That Face.

Since then she’s gone on to appear in the teen horror-drama, Chatroom, and nab a spot next to Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows.

In 2014 she starred in God Help the Girl, for which she won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, in 2015 she starred in Bridgend, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and in 2017 she was in Kathryn Bigelow's film Detroit.

In 2018, she played the lead role of Leslie "Lulu" Van Houten, the convicted murderer and former member of the Manson Family, in the film Charlie Says by Mary Harron.

Her biggest role to date has been as wildling Gilly in Game of Thrones - becoming one of the longest-serving characters in a show known for killing everyone off.

After having a recurring role as Samwell Tarly's girlfriend she became part of the main cast for the final four seasons.

Joe Dempsie - Chris

Chris was played by Joe Dempsie (Channel 4)

The party boy with irresistible charm, Chris famously had a cheeky fling with his own teacher and they first had sex on a Russian field trip.

The frequent pill popper then got into a serious relationship with Jal and had to deal with being abandoned by his family.

In possibly the most heartbreaking moment of the entire show, Chris' life came to a tragic end.

Chris died of a hereditary brain condition in devastating scenes - with all his friends gathering together for his tear-jerking funeral.

Joe went on to star in Doctor Who, Merlin and as Higgy in the This Is England series.

He made the jump to the silver screen in football film The Damned United, but his really big break came in Game of Thrones in 2011.

Joe played Gendry, the illegitimate son of King Robert Baratheon, who had a strong claim to the Iron Thrones.

His character became a hilarious meme after going off in a row boat at the end of season 3 and not returning for another four years.

In January 2021, it was announced Joe was cast as Nick in the upcoming Netflix thriller series Pieces of Her, which is adapted from the Karin Slaughter novel of the same name.

April Pearson - Michelle

Michelle was played by April Pearson (Channel 4)
April now has her own podcast (PA)

Michelle, nicknamed "nips" by boyfriend Tony, struggled with her cheating man while dealing with the affections of his best friend Sid.

She also had to handle her mum's string of ever-changing husbands.

At one point it looked like Michelle would choose Sid, but she got back with Tony after his car accident, although the final episode left it unclear as to whether they would stay together.

After Skins ended, April made her film debut in comedy horror slasher Tormented in 2009 before moving into theatre roles.

April then transitioned into horror and independent films including Fractured and Caught- and has also appeared as three different characters on Casualty.

Her role of Amy in Dark Beacon in 2017 earned her two Best Actress awards at American Horror and Upstate NY Horror film festivals.

She followed this with her portrayal of Isla Crane in Edgar Wallace's The Case of the Frightened Lady at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, in which she received high praise for her performance

Discussing whether she still sees her former co-stars, Michelle told NME: "Oh no, they’re Hollywood stars now. I think a lot of them do still hang out, but I don’t see them as much as I would like to.

"When Skins finished I wasn’t ready to jump straight into moving to London and going to auditions all the time, so I took a bit of time."

In 2017, April married film director Jamie Patterson, and in 2020 she started up her own podcast called 'Are you Michelle from Skins?' where she interviews celebrities.

Mike Bailey - Sid

Skins actor Mike Bailey as Sid Jenkins who he played for two series of the E4 show (E4)

Dorky Sid started off as a desperate lad trying to lose his virginity, but quickly became a fan favourite.

Almost everybody could relate to Sid’s inability to conform to teenage expectations without getting sweaty palms or falling over himself.

The heat-wearing teen finally stepped out of Tony’s shadow in his absence following the road accident and rescued girlfriend Cassie from the grips of anorexia.

Following on from Skins, Mike appeared in Channel 4 drama 1066: The Battle for Middle Earth as well as teen comedy We Are The Freaks in 2012.

Skins actor Mike Bailey is now a teacher (TikTok)
His students posted a TikTok of the star (TikTok)

The Bristolian got married in June 2015 - and it's believed some of his Skins co-star were there to celebrate.

In 2017, Mike ditched acting to become a teacher - having obtained a drama degree and teacher training, and he teaches drama at a secondary school in Bristol.

He told RadioTimes: "I kind of thought ‘what the f**k am I doing with my life?’ and ended up getting in a conversation with the wife a couple of years ago and decided that those who can’t act teach.

"Ten years ago I never thought I’d still be talking about it, but [Sid] still does pop up every now and again.

"I mean, it’s always kind of been there. It’s kind of fizzled out over the years, but I mean, it was always a good thing."

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