Characters / Skins Series

Skins introduces a new cast of characters every two seasons. The US cast section could use some work.
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     First Generation 

The Kids

Anthony "Tony" Stonem

Played By: Nicholas Hoult
Centric Episodes: "Tony" (series 1), "Tony and Maxxie" (series 2)

Michelle Richardson

Played by: April Pearson
Centric episodes: "Michelle" (series 1), "Michelle" (series 2)

Sidney "Sid" Jenkins

Played by: Mike Bailey
Centric episodes: "Sid" (series 1), "Sid" (series 2)

Cassandra "Cassie" Ainsworth

Played by: Hannah Murray
Centric episodes: "Cassie" (series 1), "Cassie" (series 2), "Pure" (series 7)

Chris Miles

Played by: Joe Dempsie
Centric episodes: "Chris" (series 1), "Chris" (series 2)

Jalander "Jal" Fazer

Played by: Larissa Wilson
Centric episodes: "Jal" (series 1), "Jal" (series 2)

Maxxie Oliver

Played by: Mitch Hewer
Centric episodes: "Maxie and Anwar" (series 1), "Tony and Maxxie" (series 2)

  • All Gays Love Theater: Dancing is more his thing, but he does love the theater.
  • Billy Elliot Plot
  • Camp Gay: A mild example, but he loves dancing and theater.
  • Club Kid: Although he's one of the most balanced characters of the show and is one of the few characters who isn't seen using drugs.
  • Gayngst: Notably averted. Maxxie's open homosexuality isn't a problem for him, his family or friends. It's Anwar who has to get over the issue, not Maxxie.
  • The Heart: He's (with possible exception of Chris) the nicest, most caring and (with no exceptions) emotionally stable member of the group. It's especially evident in the second season when he takes care of Tony.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Anwar, although obviously minus the "heterosexual" as far as Maxxie goes.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Ironically enough.
  • Nice Guy
  • Only Sane Man: More or less. Still has his issues, but handles them a lot better than most of his friends.
  • Performance Artist
  • Shirtless Scene: With nudity.
  • Those Two Guys: With Anwar, particularly in the first series.

Anwar Kharral

Played by: Dev Patel
Centric episodes: "Maxxie and Anwar" (series 1)

Elizabeth "Effy" Stonem

Played by: Kaya Scodelario
Centric episodes: "Effy" (series 1), "Effy" (series 2), "Effy" (series 3), "Effy" (series 4), "Fire" (series 7)

See Second Generation.

Sketch (Lucy)

Played by: Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Centric episodes: "Sketch" (series 2)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Creepy, slightly unhinged and completely ignores...
  • Incompatible Orientation
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Falsely claiming that her drama teacher molested her was obviously inexcusable, but the guy was kind of an arsehole, denied her the role not because of any principles but because he thought she was ugly and actually had molested a student (Michelle, who admittedly viewed it with annoyance rather than being traumatized).
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone except her mother refers to her as "Sketch" and her actual first name comes up only once. Her last name is never mentioned.
  • Plucky Girl: The list of the actions she was willing to undertake to get to Maxxie includes: stalking, breaking into his house and spending the entire night under his bed, an elaborate plan of hijacking a school play with poisoning an innocent and getting a teacher fired by falsely accusing him of sexual abuse on the way, more stalking and screwing Maxxie's best friend. And some tire slashing in the supplementary materials. She's a very dark example, but you have to give it to her, the girl has determination.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Maxxie.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: Downplayed. She's trying to make herself look "as close to a boy as you can get" for Maxxie but no-one would be fooled.
  • Yandere: She's not violent like this trope usually implies, but she's definitely unstable and doesn't really care who she has to hurt to get to Maxxie.


Anthea Stonem

Played by: Morwenna Banks

Jim Stonem

Played by: Harry Enfield

Anna Richardson

Played by: Arabella Weir


Played by: Sia Berkeley

Mark Jenkins

Played by: Peter Capaldi

Elizabeth Jenkins

Played by: Josie Lawrence

Marcus and Margeritte Ainsworth

Played by: Neil Morrissey and Naomi Allisstone

Graham Miles

  • Dramatic Irony: Graham's decision to un-invite Chris's friends to his funeral, because they were the ones who "screwed him up." The audience, however, knows the opposite is true: his friends were the ones who cared about and looked after Chris after his parents both abandoned him. If not for his friends, he probably would have died a lot sooner.
  • Parental Abandonment
  • I Have No Son: Not quite, but he doesn't acknowledge Chris as his son, going to the extreme of only having baby pictures of Peter. That is, until Chris dies.

Chris's mother

Peter Miles

Ronnie Fazer

Played by: Mark Monero

Jal's Mother

Played by Josette Simon

Ace and Lyton Fazer

Played by Troy Glasgow and Adrian Fergus Fuller

Istiak Kharral

Played by Inder Manocha

Bibi Kharral

Played by Nina Wadia

Uncle Muneer

Played by Nish Nathwani

Walter Oliver

Played by: Bill Bailey

Jackie Oliver

Supporting Cast

Posh Kenneth

Played by: Daniel Kaluuya

  • Jive Turkey: The joke being that his posh accent means he doesn't sound nearly as "ghetto" as he would like to.
  • Token Minority Couple: His moment with Jal in the Series 1 finale.
  • You Look Familiar: Daniel Kaluuya turned up playing a DJ in a series 3 episode.

Abigail Stock

Played by: Georgina Moffet

Josh Stock

Played by: Ben Lloyd-Hughes

Pandora Moon

Played by: Lisa Backwell

See Second Generation.


Played by: Siwan Morris


Played by: Giles Thomas


Played by: Josie Long

Madison "Mad" Twatter

Played by: Stephen Walters

Alan the Taxi Driver

Played by: Alan George

     Second Generation 

The Kids

Elizabeth "Effy" Stonem

Played by: Kaya Scodelario
Centric episodes: "Effy" (series 1), "Effy" (series 2), "Effy" (series 3), "Effy" (series 4), "Fire" (series 7)

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Beneath the Mask: It finally comes off in Season 4, but we get some peeks even before that - for example, with her "Unseen Skins" in Season 1, and with her speech to Katie in Pandora's Season 3 episode.
  • Big Brother Worship: She's very devoted to her brother, and he seems to be the only one able to understand her beyond her emotionless mask in earlier seasons. His nearly-fatal accident, seen by her on first-hand, and eventually his departure, have a great impact on her mental health.
    Pandora: "Your brother's really nice."
    Effy: "He's not nice, he's amazing."
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Mostly to her parents, and especially in the two earlier seasons. She acts innocent and well-behaved in front of them, and they know nothing of her wild party persona (or her manipulative tendencies), which is no surprise for her brother, her friends, or even her brother's friends. When she overdoses, they actually blame Tony for it.
  • Broken Bird: Gave off this impression from her earliest appearances, until Sanity Slippage ensued.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: YMMV, but Tony and Effy give off... vibes... at times.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • Prominent in Season 2, where she pretty much single-handedly solved the entire Michelle-Sid-Cassie-Tony situation, fixed her own messed-up house in time for her father to come back and never realize what a wreck everything was, and simultaneously managed to get kicked out of the private school, which is what she wanted all along, while keeping hopeless Pandora in there. All by generally evoking the right reactions from people.
    • Quite less so in Seasons 3 and 4. At the beginning it does seem like she's trying to be this, manipulating Cook, Freddie and JJ to fall in love with her, but everything ultimately falls apart when she falls for Freddie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rare, but she has her moments.
    (in the dinner table, to her mom): You're fucking my dad's line manager. No biggie.
  • Emotionless Girl
  • Fallen Princess: Effy appears to have everything: she’s beautiful, is popular yet mysterious, and has a cool brother to boot. Doesn’t keep her away from love issues, suffering thanks to her screwed-up family or her own mental issues.
  • Fille Fatale: All three of the Musketeers fall for her. JJ actually lampshades it:
    "No more 'ooh I'm so fit and mysterious.'"
  • Genius Book Club
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Pandora.
  • Ice Queen
  • Kuudere: Granted, she isn't an outright sweetheart on the inside either, but she does have a kind side, which she shows mostly to people she cares about, such as Tony, Pandora and her mom.
  • Morality Pet: Is one to her brother Tony. Even his own girlfriend believes Effy is the only person he truly cares about.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Effy can't seem to handle being in a relationship with someone she genuinely loves, which is why she loses it when she and Freddie get together in Season 4. She outright says so.
    "Love's not supposed to do that, you made go mad!"
  • Odd Friendship: With ditzy, naive Pandora.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Pretty much no one calls her Elizabeth, and actually her name only comes up when things in Season 4 get really bad.
  • The Ophelia
  • Parental Favoritism: Her mother definitely prefers her over Tony. Harder to vouch for her father, but given how Tony daily drives him crazy for his own amusement...
  • Room Full of Crazy: In Freddie's Season 4 episode, Effy makes one in her mum's bedroom.
  • The Runaway: Runs away from home with Cook for a while. It seems to be a mix of The Attention Seeking Runaway and The Vagrant Runaway types.
  • Sanity Slippage: In Season 4.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Naomi and Emily. She notices their feelings for each other (especially Naomi's) right from the beginning and subtly encourages them on. Her status as this is pretty solid by Series 7.
  • Silent Bob: In Season 1. She says her first line in her own episode, "Effy", of that season, and subsequent episodes have her speaking normally, if less so than most characters.
  • Stepford Smiler:
    • Gets hinted at in her Season 2 episode, when Tony says her reservedness and apparent contempt for caring for other people don't fool him; however, it's not really fully explored until Generation 2, in which...
    • ...she reveals herself to be the Depressed and Unstable types. Effy's complete personality shifts with each season turn out to just be different masks, until it comes off in Season 4. Invoked by Anthea in Season 3, who says to JJ that nothing terrifies Effy more than "showing her cards."
  • The Stoic:
    • Very much so in Seasons 1 and 2, where she barely even talks. Even after her overdose, she can still be seen as this. Her first real Not So Stoic moment is pretty damn shocking: it's when she sees Tony getting hit by a bus.
    • In her own generation, she's still mostly stoic (certainly more than her peers), but has quite a few moments of emotional vulnerability as well.
  • Unkempt Beauty: She still looks pretty after getting high in a forest and running away from home for days.

Pandora "Panda" Moon

Played by: Lisa Backwell
Centric episodes: "Pandora" (series 3)

Thomas Tomone

Played by: Merveille Lukeaba
Centric episodes: "Thomas" (series 3), "Thomas" (series 4)

Jonah "JJ" Jeremiah Jones

Played by: Ollie Barbieri
Centric episodes: "JJ" (series 3), "JJ" (series 4)

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Cook even calls him a "nutty professor."
  • Added Alliterative Appeal
  • Adorkable: His interest in magic tricks and model planes, his trivia skills, and the repeated Star Trek references in his Season 4 ep.
  • Asperger Syndrome: Provided the former page quote. He also stands out as one of the few portrayals in the media that is both realistic and sympathetic.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Butt Monkey: In-universe, at least.
  • Bowties Are Cool
  • Cool Kid And Loser Friendship: His relationship with Cook and Freddie comes across as this.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Has a lot of these moments, from telling Effy that Cook was sleeping with someone else to outing Emily to her sister.
  • Good with Numbers
  • Incompatible Orientation: He and Emily have sex despite the fact that Emily is gay. He actually thought the two of them getting together was possible when Emily chose him as her Love Ball date - but that was only because of Emily's mother and sister's homophobia, and once Naomi showed up Emily happily went with her.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Subverted until the end of his Season 3 episode. Played with in Season 4 when Thomas points out that a pity-screw from a lesbian doesn't really mean much, and he needs to find a girl who is genuinely interested to have sex with him.
  • Motor Mouth: When he gets "locked-on."
  • Odd Friendship: With Emily and with Thomas. His friendship with Thomas in particular came out of nowhere.
  • Power Trio: Usually the Ego, occasionally the Super-ego.
  • Serenade Your Lover: What he does to get Lara back after she dumps him because he beat up her baby daddy, with his adorable rendition of "True" by Spandau Ballet.
  • TV Genius: Subverted - he has all the traits to fit the trope, but he's never made out to be any smarter than anyone else (except in terms of remembering lots of random facts and, apparently, excellence in maths). His social isolation is his defining factor.
    • This is highly debatable; as has always been said, he is excellent at maths, and remembers many random facts, and also, he passes with flying colours, all of his A levels.

James Cook

Played by: Jack O'Connell
Centric episodes: "Cook" (series 3), "Cook" (series 4), "Rise" (series 7)

  • Antihero: Initially appeared as a Sociopathic Hero, but was eventually revealed to be more of a Classical Anti-Hero.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mention his mum.
  • Big Eater: Pretty much eats his entire birthday cake on his own.
  • Bromantic Foil: With Freddie.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: In S3, despite him considering them all some sort of gang (he does invite everyone to his birthday party), most of the main cast seems to let him hang around just because Freddie and Effy, who interact with him the most, are at the center of the group. They don't even invite him to camp with them in Gobbler's End, and after Freddie cuts ties with him and starts dating Effy, Cook becomes essentially a loner. It's worth noting that he does have random friendships within the group, such as JJ and Naomi (and it's implied that Effy always considered him a friend, at least), he just never fits well into the "group" dynamic.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Freddie.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Everybody pisses on you? What goes around comes around.
  • Incompatible Orientation: With Naomi. It's the reason that they don't go very far when they try to have sex.
  • Jerkass: And a particularly obnoxious one at that, though one scene would imply it's really a Jerkass Façade.
  • Karma Houdini: It seems like karma has finally caught up with him when he accepts responsibility for his actions (and Naomi's) and goes to prison. He breaks out two episodes later For the Lulz, continues to evade the authorities.
    • It catches up with him mentally in series 7. Though he's still physically free, he's a wanted fugitive, and his past seems to be taking its toll. He's definitely displaying some warning signs for depression. Safe to say, the quiet, serious Cook of series 7 is a far cry from his jovial and brash beginnings in season 3.
  • Kick the Dog: Done repeatedly in season 3 in order to establish his character as a Jerkass. From arson and public indecency in episode one (they're not as bad as they sound, though still pretty bad) to humiliating Naomi in front of the school, to the reveal of him having sex with his friends sister and then having sex with a girl Cook knew he was in love with, then seducing and sleeping with a girl in relationship and then scaring a group of his friends during a camping trip because he was jealous that he wasn't invited, season 3 showcases the fact that Cook is not a nice person.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: When his father threatens to melt his face off with a with a flare spouting "I'll do it, I don't give a fuck!" [IE "about you"], Cook simply replies "neither do I", illustrating that Cook in fact has an extremely low self worth in contrast to the grandiose self worth he gives off to the world.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch
  • Large Ham: It's part of his character.
  • Last Name Basis: No one calls him anything but Cook.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: I'M COOK!!
  • Odd Friendship: With Naomi, by Season 4.
  • Power Trio: The Id.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Three years after he's still on the run for John Foster's murder
  • You Killed My Best Friend

Frederick "Freddie" McClair

Played by: Luke Pasqualino
Centric episodes: "Freddie" (series 3), "Freddie" (series 4)

  • Big Brother Instinct: He's not a fan of Karen's decision to exploit their mother's memory to help her win Search for a Sexxbomb, but he cheers for her at her final performance, comforts her when she loses and when Cook laughs about how he and J.J. voted against her for stealing their shed, Freddie nearly punches his lights out.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The show likes to remind us of Freddie's nice chest.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Cook.
  • Missing Mom: Well, dead mom.
  • Power Trio: Usually the Super-ego (lampshaded by Cook when he calls him a "fun-sponge"), occasionally the Ego.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Cook's red.
  • Shirtless Scene: Seems to enjoy leaving his shirt at home even in the non-sex scenes.
  • The Stoner
  • The Unfavourite: Karen comprehensively dumps on him - with their father's support and praise, most notably when Freddie loses his beloved shed.

Katherine "Katie" Fitch

Played by: Megan Prescott
Centric episodes: "Katie and Emily" (series 3), "Katie" (series 4)

  • Alpha Bitch: At least, she aspires to be one. Particularly in Season 3.
  • Big Sister Bully: In Season 3.
  • Cool Big Sis: After her Character Development she becomes this to Emily and James.
  • Broke Episode: Her Season 4 episode.
  • Everybody Smokes: Averted, notably she's the only teenage character to outright state that they don't smoke. Though she finally caves in her Season 4 episode.
  • Foil: The show sets her up as Effy's foil, though they're eventually revealed to be Not So Different. She is more the foil to her sister.
  • It's a Costume Party, I Swear: The maid of honor at the wedding Katie and her mom are planning pulls a version of this on Katie: she switches the theme for the hen night, doesn't tell Katie, and doesn't make her a corresponding costume.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Particularly during her and Emily's season 3 episode.
  • No Periods, Period: Katie is diagnosed with premature menopause in her season 4 episode.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Katie is the confident, popular sister, who "never not had a boyfriend".
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Emily's blue oni, especially in Series 3. Less so in Season 4, not because Katie stops being fierce, but because Emily stops being a shy doormat.
  • Romantic False Lead: To both Freddie and Thomas.
  • Twincest: The writers basically went to town with Katie/Emily subtext in their S3 episode.

Emily Fitch

Played by: Kathryn Prescott
Centric episodes: "Katie and Emily" (series 3), "Emily" (series 4)

  • Break the Cutie: Season Four wasn't kind to her.
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Particularly in Series 3.
  • Foil: To her sister as explained above, as well as to Naomi. Emily's close-knit family, and the fact that she's a twin, contrasts with Naomi's more independent life, as an only child with a mom who is not always around. This explains why Emily dives head-first into their relationship, going serious all at once, while Naomi is scared off by that and wants to ease into it slowly.
  • Gayngst: Subverted. Her angst comes more from Naomi's insecurity and commitment problems than to just actually being gay. Granted, she does deny it at first, but as soon as she realizes Naomi's also into her she comes to terms with liking girls pretty fast.
  • Lipstick Lesbian
  • Odd Friendship: With J.J.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Emily is the introvert and sensible one, who must always makes way for her sister.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Katie's red oni, at least through most of Series 3. Less so after she starts to crawl out from Katie's shadow at the end of Season 3, though she's still more low-key and sensitive than her sister.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Naomi.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians

Naomi Campbell

Played by: Lily Loveless
Centric episodes: "Naomi" (series 3)

  • All Take and No Give: Arguably Naomi's fling with Sophia. At least from Sophia's point of view.
  • Armored Closet Gay: At first.
  • Back for the Dead: Skins: Fire.
  • Bury Your Gays
  • Disappeared Dad
  • First Kiss: That middle school kiss with Emily. (All the boys she'd dated before then were too cowardly to go for it. And she didn't fancy any of them anyway.)
  • Gayngst
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: In Season 3. Naomi is very quick to remind Emily how very straight she is between lip-locking sessions.
  • Informed Ability: Naomi is supposedly very political and hates injustice, but apart from her character video diary, unsuccessful run for student president, and her poster of Nelson Mandela on her bedroom wall, this is never really shown.
    • The run for president was unsuccessful precisely because she hates injustice (she refused to let Harriet and Doug get away with trying to rig the election in her favour).
      • Also, it's lampshaded earlier in the episode when she points out that Emily shouldn't know that about her, having said all of about three sentences to her, none of them political.
  • Love at First Sight: "I think I was twelve."
  • Messy Hair: Becomes her default hairstyle during season 4.
  • Name's the Same
  • Odd Friendship: With Cook, by Season 4. Let's not forget she got him in trouble in the generation opener when he tried to show her his dick tattoos.
    • And oddly enough, Effy as well, though the moments are fleeting. Evidenced in JJ's Season 3 episode, when they discuss Naomi's sexuality and Effy's love for Freddie, and Effy's Season 4 episode, when Naomi goes to visit Effy in the psychiatric hospital following her suicide attempt to discuss Naomi's failing relationship with Emily.
      • The friendship with Effy actually isn't that odd when you consider that Effy and Freddie's relationship is kind of an amplified version of Naomi and Emily's: Effy and Naomi both have issues (albeit for different reasons) with acknowledging their feelings and committing to their respective significant others, both of whom are much freer with their feelings and welcome the emotional closeness and commitment that love brings, and have trouble understanding why their girlfriends don't.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Emily.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians
  • Shipper on Deck: For Freddie/Effy.
  • Stepford Snarker: "I learned how to become a sarcastic bitch just to make it feel normal."
  • The Topic of Cancer: Naomi is diagnosed with it in the first part of Fire, and her condition gets significantly worse in the second.
  • Tsundere: See above.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Naomi cheats on Emily in Season 4 with Sophia, a storyline that was possibly hinted at with the song "It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry" that plays at the end of 309.


Anthea Stonem

Played by: Morwenna Banks

  • Actor Allusion: She cheats on Jim with his line manager, played by David Baddiel, Banks' real life partner.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She's been cheating on her husband with his line manager.

Jim Stonem

Played by: Harry Enfield

Angela Moon

Played by: Sally Phillips

  • Adults Are Useless: Is easily dispatched by the MDMA brownies and Pandora's friends are able to have the party they wanted.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Played with. Angela is one, but Pandora doesn't see her this way - and is more worried about how her hard-partying friends are going to embarrass her in front of her mom.
  • Hidden Depths: Her sex tape with the cranky neighbor that Effy and Cook find when they fall into the house next door.
  • My Beloved Smother: Angela doesn't want Pandora anywhere near boys. Oddly enough, Panda doesn't see her this way, even though she breaks all her rules.
  • Only Sane Parent: Arguably. With the exception of her ideas about boyfriends, her rules for Pandora are actually pretty reasonable.
  • Unsuspectingly Soused: After Katie puts MDMA in the brownies when Angela's back is turned.

Aunt Elizabeth

Played by: Maureen Lipman

  • Unsuspectingly Soused: Doesn't realize tea plants are marijuana. (Or maybe she does, given the way she's happily smoking them at the end...)

Celia Jones

Played by: Juliet Cowan

Edward Jones

Played by: Douglas Hodge

Ruth Byatt

Played by: Tanya Franks

James Cook, Sr

Played by: Matt King

Leo Mclair

Played by: Simon Day

Karen Mclair

Played by: Klariza Clayton

Jenna Fitch

Played by: Ronnie Ancona

  • Break the Haughty: In Katie's Season 4 episode when the Fitches lose their house.
  • Knight Templar Parent: On a holy war with Emily's sexual orientation.
  • Smug Snake
  • Stepford Smiler: Tries really hard to be this, especially regarding Emily's homosexuality. The facade breaks in Katie's fourth season's episode when it's revealed that her husband's ruined the family financially.

Rob Fitch

Played by: John Bishop

  • Bumbling Dad: He's nicer than his wife, but pathetically incompetent, to the point when he financially ruins his family and breaks his kid's arm in one episode.
  • Overprotective Dad: "If they're not still virgins tomorrow, I'll hunt you down like dogs."
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Jenna once with her sister; he explains it to Emily to help her deal with Naomi's cheating.
  • Stepford Smiler: Series 4. Manages to seem optimistic about how his fitness machine will "take off" even as he's hiding foreclosure notices from his wife and kids.

James Fitch

Played by: Redd Smith

Gina Campbell

Played by: Olivia Colman

  • Hands-Off Parenting: Also could be lumped in with Missing Mom. Gina apparently left Naomi on her own for a year to do ... well, something. (She'd stated that she wanted to "fuck on every beach in India" before she ended up pregnant; that's the most likely explanation.) Strange because for the most part of Season 3, she was a good parent.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie

Supporting Cast

Johnny White

Played by: Mackenzie Crook

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Not him, but his minions protested raping the female cast on his orders.
  • Expy: Plenty of people saw his character as a clone of Mad Twatter.

Lara Lloyd

Played by: Georgia Henshaw

Sophia Moore

Played by: Amberley Gridley

Matt Moore

Played by: Richard Southgate

Dr. John Foster

Played by: Hugo Speer


Played by: Ben Evans

Andrea Babajide

Played by: Adelayo Adedayo

  • Betty and Veronica: The show plays with this trope. The pressure Thomas is feeling from his parents and church to "stick with his culture" makes him see Andrea as the Betty to Pandora's Veronica (yes, we are talking about Panda here). By the end of the episode he realizes it's more reversed.
  • Preacher's Kid: Mostly Type 1, though her dalliance with Thomas could slide her toward Type 3.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: While she's not entirely without musical talents, she does have an inflated sense of her abilities, as her speech about Lady Gaga, Beyonce, etc. indicates.

Kieran Macfoeinaiugh

Played by: Ardal O'Hanlon

  • The Alleged Car:
    Kieran: Would you believe it only cost me £2.50? And three tokens from the top of Weetabix packets.
    Naomi: Yeah, I really would believe that.
  • Apathetic Teacher: "Hi, I'm Kieran and I hate being a fucking teacher."
  • Hot for Student: For Naomi, after he misreads the signals.

Harriet Lawes

Played by: Victoria Wicks

David Blood

Played by: Chris Addison

  • Sadist Teacher: Seems to take pleasure in expelling people.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Sweeps in at the beginning of Season 4 with plans to improve the school - mostly by expelling anyone who steps a toe out of line.

T. Love

Played by: Will Young

     Third Generation 

The Kids

Francesca "Franky" Fitzgerald

Played by: Dakota Blue Richards
Centric episodes: "Franky" (series 5), "Franky" (series 6), "Mini and Franky" (series 6)

Aloysius "Alo" Creevey

Played by: Will Merrick
Centric episodes: "Alo" (series 5), "Alo" (series 6)

Richard "Rich" Hardbeck

Played by: Alexander Arnold
Centric episodes: "Rich" (series 5), "Rich" (series 6)

Mini McGuinness

Played by: Freya Mavor
Centric episodes: "Mini" (series 5), "Mini" (series 6), "Mini and Franky" (series 6)

Olivia "Liv" Malone

Played by: Laya Lewis
Centric episodes: "Liv" (series 5), "Liv" (series 6)

Grace Violet Blood

Played by: Jessica Sula
Centric episodes: "Grace" (series 5)

Nicholas "Nick" Levan

Played by: Kaya Scodelario
Centric episodes: "Nick" (series 5), "Nick" (series 6)

Matthew "Matty" Levan

Played by: Sebastian De Souza
Centric episodes: None

  • Abusive Parents: Emotionally, Matty's dad is definitely this.
  • Ambiguously Bisexual: Mainly due to Word of God indicating the character the character was originally supposed to be bisexual, that and his character profile lists Shortbus and My Own Private Idaho as his favourite movies.
  • Black Sheep: Among his family, initially, but ironically enough, he gets along better with the group than Nick does.
  • Birds of a Feather: Arguably with either Liv or Franky.
  • Dull Surprise: His default expression.
  • Five-Finger Discount
  • Genius Book Club: He can be seen reading Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time in Grace's Season 5 episode.
    • Plus his profile on the E4 website.
  • Hidden Depths: According to something he says in Nick's season 5 episode, Matty's a bit of a musician.
    • Once again, if you go to his character profile, you can actually listen to some tracks "made" by him.
  • In-Series Nickname: Franky calling him a headfuck, with both good and bad connotations
    Matty: Don't know what I am.
    Franky: You're a glorious fucking headfuck thing. Own it.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Let's just say he didn't have to work hard to get people to start calling him Mindfuck
  • Missing Mom
  • Mysterious Past: Until it's revealed he's Nick's older, renegade brother
  • Only One Name: Until Liv's episode.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Playing Gertrude: Sebastian de Souza is younger than Sean Teale by a year, but on the show, Matty is older than Nick.
  • Put on a Bus: After Grace's death and his resulting run from the police (due to Luke's cocaine being stashed in the flipped truck), Matty isn't seen onscreen again until Liv's episode, which is the eighth in the 10 episode series. He is mentioned multiple times though and has a phone conversation with Franky in her episode and is seen on Skype in Nick's.
  • The Quiet One
  • Rebellious Spirit
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive one in contrast to his Jerk Jock brother Nick. Ironically enough, Nick's series 5 episode shows that he's actually better at rugby than his bulkier younger brother, aka the Roundview's rugby team's captain.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Nick, though Matty wants nothing more than for them to be friends.
    • Then series 6 rolls in and Nick and Franky start fucking.
    • This actually becomes a fairly big part of his and Nick's character arcs at the end of series 6, with the two resolving their relationship with one another after the mess they'd made of it over Franky being something both of them have to confront by the end.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Toward Franky in the end of S6. The [1] comparison from her was clearly not flattering.
  • The Stoic: Typically, but he does have surprisingly frequent moments of Not So Stoic whenever he's with the group.
  • The Tramp: Until Liv's Season 5 episode.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Particularly in series 6.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His actions play a part in Grace's death.

Alex Henley

Played by: Sam Jackson
Centric episodes: "Alex" (series 6)

  • All Gays Are Promiscuous
  • The Gambling Addict: With his life, rather than the more obvious options. He even admits during his episode that he has no idea how to play cards.
    • To be more specific, his episode illustrates a "game" he plays, where he lists out six options on a note card and then rolls a dice, with the number the dice lands on deciding which of the six choices he must perform. It is implied this style of living is based off of his late grandfather's own. By the end of his episode though, he abandons the devil-may-care method due to his newfound friendship with Liv and the others.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He tells Liv the reason he hid the fact that he was gay from her was because he didn't want to mess up the first friendship he'd ever had.
  • Mistaken For Prostitute
  • Nice Guy
  • Parental Neglect: His father makes it pretty clear that he doesn't give a shit what Alex wants. In fact his rigid way of living may have inspired Alex's "game" that emphasizes the chaos of life.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Liv.
  • Satellite Character: In-universe, he originally only associated with Liv, though he gradually became a full-blown member of the group, to Mini's chagrin.
  • Sixth Ranger: His involvement with the group allowed them to start to come to terms with Grace's death.
  • Straight Gay


Geoff Cumber and Jeff Woodburn

Played by: John Sessions and Gareth Farr

Kevin Hardbeck

Played by: Daniel Ryan

Shelley McGuinness

Played by: Clare Grogan
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parent
  • All Men Are Perverts: Her views on men boils down to this.
  • Hypocrite: That heartwarming story about how she felt love for her unborn child and refused to give it up despite bad circumstances? Shelley doesn't seem to notice the parallel once Mini gets pregnant and wants to keep the baby.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter:
    • She seems to mistakenly think so about herself and Mini, at one point even stating, they're like mirror reflections of each others (her daughter in response harshly tells her not to flatter herself). In a cruel twist, they really do look like that in the final scene of Mini's Season Three episode when they meet during a "walk of shame" after Mini sleeps with Nick. Shelley looks smug. Mini looks heartbroken.
    • Played straight in Season Four when Mini gets pregnant and refuses to give up her daughter despite the pressure, mirroring the story of Shelley's own unwanted pregnancy with Mini.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Or 'My Daughter Is A Slut'. And it makes mommy so damn proud. She isn't.
  • Parents as People: Extremely so. The good thing about her is that she sincerely loves Mini and tries to warn her about her father being untrustworthy. But otherwise, she is a terrible role model, creates a really uncomfortable home environment for her adolescent daughter and feeds her Family Unfriendly Aesops about relationships (which contributes to Mini being ashamed of being a virgin, feeling pressured to have sex with Nick, fearing he'd leave her if she doesn't, finally giving in and feeling horrible about it afterwards), and being a huge Hypocrite.
  • Really Gets Around: In sharp contrast to her daughter who is a virgin.

Maude Malone

Bella Malone

Leon Levan

Played by Dorian Lough

Catherine Creevey

Played by Ingrid Lacey

David Blood

Played by: Chris Addison


Played by: Alastair Mackenzie


Played By: Justin Edwards

  • Actor Allusion: Clare Grogan's ex-partner is called Gregory.
  • Paternal Substitute: Eric is probably a better father figure to Mini than her biological one, especially since he tracks down a heavily-pregnant Mini before she runs away with Franky.
  • You're Not My Father: Mini's initial attitude towards him.

     U.S. Cast 

The Kids

Tony Snyder

Played by: James Newman
British Counterpart: Tony Stonem
Centric episode: "Tony"

Michelle Reinhart

Played by: Rachel Thevenard
British counterpart: Michelle Richardson
Centric episode: "Michelle"

Stanley Lucerne

Played by: Daniel Flaherty
British counterpart: Sid Jenkins
Centric episode: "Stanley"

Chris Collins

Played by: Jesse Carrere
British Counterpart: Chris Miles
Centric episode: "Chris"

Cadie Campbell

Played by: Britne Oldford
British Counterpart: "Cassie Ainsworth"
Centric episode: "Cadie"

Tea Marvelli

Played by: Sofia Black D'Elia
British Counterpart: Maxxie Oliver
Centric episode: "Tea"

Daisy Valero

Played by: Camille Crescencia-Mills
British Counterpart: Jal Fazer
Centric episode: "Daisy"

Abbud Siddiky

Played by: Ron Mustafaa
British Counterpart: Anwar Kharral
Centric episode: "Abbud"

Eura Schneider

Played by: Eleanor Zichy
British Counterpart: Effy Stonem
Centric episode: "Eura"


Michelle's Mom

Nana Marvelli

Supporting Cast


Mad Mao Le Dong



Played by: Anatasia Phillips
British counterpart: Angie
Centric episodes: "Tina"