Skins: Where Are They Now?
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We've finally bid goodbye to Skins, one of the most successful, controversial, and revolutionary shows to grace television screens across Britain and beyond. Since series 1 first aired in 2007, a number of its stars from across the original six series have gone on to further pursue careers in acting, to varying degrees of success. There are also those who have all but disappeared into obscurity; Larissa Wilson (Jal), Lisa Blackwell (aka Pandora), Merveille Lukeba (Thomas) and even April Pearson (Michelle) seem to have shunned, or been shunned by, the limelight since their Skins stints. But what has become of these cast members now that the show has, after a special seventh season, come to an end? Well, thanks to Google and a good few hours of Twitter/Facebook stalking, we can give you the scoop on the career highs and lows of a few Skins favourites: Nicholas Hoult (Tony Stonem): Of all the Skins cast, Nicholas is the one to have carved the most successful acting career following his time in series 1 and 2. Nicholas has landed starring roles in, to name a few, X Men: First Class, Warm Bodies, Jack the Giant Slayer and 2014’s X Men: Days of Future Past. Not only is he well on the way to conquering Hollywood, Nicholas only went and bagged himself actress of the moment, Jennifer Lawrence! The couple split earlier this year but, if rumours are to be believed, reconciled in July on the set of the new X Men film. Amazing where a pair of funky eyebrows can get you... Mike Bailey (Sid Jenkins): Other than a role in 2009 TV series 1066 and a couple of films (We Are The Freaks and Faulty) Mike doesn’t seem to have set his sights on acting as a full-time career. Nowadays, he works as a Direct Sales Executive for Hearst Magazines, the company behind publications such as Elle, Cosmopolitan and Company. His favourite films include Footloose and Alien Vs. Predator, if Facebook is anything to go by. Hannah Murray (Cassie Ainsworth): Hannah returned to our screens in 2013 as the much-loved character, Cassie, for a couple of episodes in Skins: Pure, a move which prompted many to assume that her career hadn’t gone too well since originally leaving the show in 2008. Contrary to the doubts, Hannah’s CV isn’t too shabby; she is fairly well-known as Gilly in the popular televised adaptation of Game of Thrones and has had both small and lead parts in a number of films, including a role in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Joe Dempsie (Chris Miles): Joe has been a pretty regular face on TV since Skins; as well as one-off appearances in shows such as Doctor Who and The Adventures of Merlin, he has had a couple of longer-running gigs in hit dramas. Joe starred as Higgy in This Is England ’86, John in The Fades, Gendry in Game of Thrones and, most recently, as Chris Cooper in Channel 4’s Southcliffe. His name might not be as instantly recognisable as Nicholas Hoult’s, but it seems fair to say that we can expect to see a lot more from Joe, and for a long time to come. Mitch Hewer (Maxxie Oliver): After playing gay dancer Maxxie in Skins, Mitch went on to star in ITV’s Britannia High, a show about a group of teenagers attending a fictional London theatre school. The show was cancelled after just one series, following poor ratings (it was even beaten by Antiques Roadshow, ouch), and Mitch flew off to LA to find fame and fortune. Despite going fairly incognito professionally since he crossed the pond, fans will see more of Mitch in two films due out this year, Nightlight and Behaving Badly.
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