Today marks the ten year anniversary of the first episode of Skins. I know, I can’t believe it either. Mainly because it means I’m getting on a bit.
The show burst onto screens on January 25, 2007 and expelled a wave of angst ridden, raucous sixth formers from Bristol who engaged in a lot of sex, and a lot of smoking.
Highly controversial, the show was praised for depicting a realistic portrayal of a huge variety of hard hitting issues including drug use, abuse, anorexia, mental health, bullying and sexual orientation.
The coming of age comedy drama developed a massive cult following and went on for seven series, It also launched the careers of some of our favorite stars of the show, including Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel and Luke Pasqualino.
So ten years on, where are they now?
The youngest of the cast members, Scodelario played teenage tearaway, Effy Stonem, Tony’s younger sister from 2007 and 2010, reprising her role in 2013. She has since gone on to join Hollywood and starred in the well known young adult sci-fi series, The Maze Runner.
She had her first child with husband, Benjamin Walker, in 2016 and is currently filming Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales due for release this year.
Hoult played Tony Stonem for two years before earning parts in Clash of The Titans, and Mad Max: Fury Road. He also appeared in X-Men and had a four year relationship with co-star, Jennifer Lawrence.
He will next appear in The Current War, also starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Patel shot to fame after winning a screen actors guild award for his performance in Slumdog Millionaire. He starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel alongside Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, Chappie, and The Man Who Knew Infinity.
He has just earned his first Oscar nomination for his performance in Lion.
Pasqualino was brought in as the new heartthrob of the third series, who had a tumultuous relationship with Effy.
He went on to star in Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, The Apparition, and BBC series’ Our Girl and The Musketeers. He will next appear in a new drama called Snatch, due for release in March.
O’Connell lit up our screens as the infamous bad boy, James Cook, who found himself in a love triangle with best friend, Freddie, and love interest, Effy.
After Skins he starred in independent films, Starred Up and ’71. He was handpicked by Angelina Jolie to portray war hero, Louis Zamperini, in the Hollywood film Unbroken, which earned him the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2014.
The full series has been made available to watch on Channel 4’s website.