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)

  • Ambiguously Gay: It's never made clear whether his dalliance with Maxxie is just an experiment or if he's actually bisexual. Michelle's comment below only came after the fact.
  • Anything That Moves: As Michelle says, "He sleeps with everyone, even boys!"
  • Big Brother Instinct: He will be a dick to anybody else, but he will look after Effy.
  • Break the Haughty: First his friends become fed up with his behavior, then the bus finishes the job.
  • Depraved Bisexual: He is at least bi-curious and definitely depraved. The problem with his encounter with Maxxie isn't seen as bad because the latter is a boy; it's bad because Tony has a girlfriend at the time and because he objectifies Maxxie into a to-go gay for experiments.
  • For the Evulz: Apparently Tony messes with others' lives and emotions because he can't think of a better entertainment.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Subverted in that when Tony actually gets round to sleeping with Maxxie, it turns out that some guys don't want him after all.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: In Season 1. When he alienates Sid and Michelle, turns out that nobody else was that big a fan of him.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: Lampshaded in Sid's Season 1 episode, where Tony is actually seen reading Thus Spake Zarathustra.
  • Really Gets Around: Jal recites an inmpressive list of Tony's conquests at one point, and it probably isn't complete.
  • Screwy Squirrel: In Season 1. He honestly believes that his messing with others' lives makes them interesting and is mildly surprised that his victims don't share this opinion.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Mostly averted, as Tony truly is an Insufferable Genius, but it is implied that his sexual prowess is not what he believes it to be. According to Maxxie, giving head is the "one thing [Tony's] not actually good at," and in Season 2 Michelle says that Sid is the first person to make her come, meaning that Tony never has. So while he may be good at getting people into his bed, he's apparently not so great at satisfying them once they're there.
  • Smug Snake: In the first season Tony seems to be convinced that his charm, intelligence and perceived superiority over his friends guarantee that he can get away with being an ass. They don't, and by the end of the season he manages to have alienated every single one of them - either personally or they choose to side with Sid and/or Michelle over him.

Michelle Richardson

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

  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Nips," Tony's less-than-flattering nickname for her.
  • Genius Ditz: Though she's easily dismissed by many of the characters - and even by herself - as a vapid pretty girl, Michelle is actually a pretty good student, especially when it comes to languages. In the generation finale, this is solidified by Michelle tieing with Tony for the best A-level grades in their group of friends, surpassing even Jal.

Sidney "Sid" Jenkins

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

  • Fun T-Shirt: He has one with a talking dog on it, that tends to go off at inappropriate times.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Plot of the very first episode.
    Tony: It's embarrassing.
    Sid: It's common and quite normal for someone of sixteen—
    Tony: —No. It's embarrassing, Sid.
    Sid: ...Shit.
  • Theme Naming: Sid's father's side of the family are all variants of Alexander (Alex, Sandy, Lex and Ally). Sid spots that his he and his father (Mark) are the Odd Names Out, marking them for black sheep and outcast status.
  • The Unfavourite: Despite the fact that he hasn't got any siblings Sid is constantly overshadowed by Tony. Mr. Jenkins' voice becomes completely different when he's talking to Tony, as opposed to yelling at Sid. And in his Season 2 episode, Sid and his dad are both unfavorites, to his uncle and cousins.

Cassandra "Cassie" Ainsworth

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

  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Of the "deconstructed" variety. She isn't just quirky, she has multiple legitimate psychological problems which are depicted with all the seriousness they require. Also, said problems are just as, if not more, integral to her storyline as her relationship with Sid.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Despite having real mental health issues, she does this at times, sometimes combined with Obfuscating Stupidity.
    • In Cassie's season 2 episode, she admits that she stopped eating because then everyone had to do what she said.
  • The Ophelia: Played with throughout the two series. It can whiplash between funny ("I'm thinking of leaving school, growing a beard, and joining the circus") to just plain disturbing (Effy's Season 2 episode.)
  • The Runaway: When she returns from Scotland.
  • Self-Harm: Although never shown, it's mentioned in her season two episode.

Chris Miles

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

  • Opposites Attract: With Jal. Admittedly, though, it was only after each of them brought out a little of each other - Chris getting Jal to show her wilder side, and Jal getting Chris to make responsible decisions.
  • Teeny Weenie: Implied twice in first two episodes. While the first mention could pass as a harsh joke, the second one contained Jal and Cassie taking pity on him because of that.
  • The Unfavorite: How his parents treat him. His dad even goes so far as to only have photos of Peter.

Jalander "Jal" Fazer

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

  • Black and Nerdy:
    Chris: You don't have sex, do you? You have clarinet lessons.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted when Jal gets an abortion in Series 2, so she can continue on with her music studies at Uni.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Gender Flipped with Chris.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Gets a speech like this from the school administration when she's being interviewed for being a BBC Young Musician Of The Year finalist. They go on and on about how Jal is from a "disadvantaged background" when, actually, her father is a famous musician and she's probably the most well-off of the group.

Maxxie Oliver

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

  • 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.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: At one point, when Chris needed clothes (long story), Maxxie managed to get pants for him by charming them off of a random guy.
  • 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, he provides a fair amount of male fanservice for the ladies (not that the fellas don't like it, mind you).
  • Only Sane Man: More or less. Still has his issues, but handles them a lot better than most of his friends.
  • Shirtless Scene: With nudity—one (in)famous example is when a stalker is hiding in his room and Maxxie arrives to go to sleep. His first act is to strip off the Superman costume he's wearing.
  • Those Two Guys: With Anwar, particularly in the first series.

Anwar Kharral

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

  • Plucky Comic Relief: Especially true in Season 2, where Anwar's storyline seemed to exist to provide a bit of a fun Mood Whiplash in the midst of the Darker and Edgier arcs surrounding the other characters.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Anwar is perfectly fine breaking Islam's rules regarding drugs, drinking and premarital sex, but suddenly clings to his religion as an excuse for his homophobia. Maxxie calls him out on it in their episode.
  • Those Two Guys: With Maxxie, particularly in the first series.

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)

  • 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.
  • 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.

Family

Anthea Stonem

Played by: Morwenna Banks

Jim Stonem

Played by: Harry Enfield

  • Butt Monkey: Especially Tony loves having jokes at his expense.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: His parenting life isn't too easy and he isn't taking it well.

Anna Richardson

Played by: Arabella Weir

Scarlett

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

  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never explained what happened to them, although we assume they are still in Elgin.
    • Skins Pure explains that Margeritte died and Marcus is in Wales, not coping very well with being a single dad to Reuben.

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.
  • 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

  • Hidden Depths: Her masturbation joke in the generation finale suggests she's maybe a bit looser than she initially seems.

Uncle Muneer

Played by Nish Nathwani

Walter Oliver

Played by: Bill Bailey

  • Papa Wolf: Supportive of his son's open homosexuality and ready to give the local bullies a run.

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

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Though it's more that he turns out to not be so nice once Tony screws him over.

Pandora Moon

Played by: Lisa Backwell

See Second Generation.

Angie

Played by: Siwan Morris

Doug

Played by: Giles Thomas

Josie

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)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.'"
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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)

  • Slumber Party Ploy: How she keeps her mom from knowing about all the drugs and sex she partakes in.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Uses it store her mobile and wallet, and the weed she and Effy buy from Cassie, in Season 2.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Continues having sex with Cook even after Thomas comes back to Britain and they consequently get back together.

Thomas Tomone

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

  • Artistic License - Geography: Is Thomas from the Republic of the Congo or the Democratic Republic of the Congo? Pandora's description of it being between Gabon and Cameroon suggests the former (the D.R.C. doesn't border either of those countries), dialogue suggests the latter. Do the writers not realize they are different countries?
  • Bilingual Bonus: When he speaks French. Most of his French dialogue is subtitled, of course, but some stand-alone words are not.
  • Black and Nerdy: A mild case. He claims to be great at math and to have scored at the top of his class in his village high school.

Jonah "JJ" Jeremiah Jones

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

  • Adorkable: His interest in magic tricks and model planes, his trivia skills, and the repeated Star Trek references in his Season 4 ep.
  • 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."
  • Nice Guy- Quite a caring, kind, sweet character
  • 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: Somewhat. He definitely has extremely high skills in Maths, and has a good memory for facts. And... he passes ALL his exams with flying colours!

James Cook

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Missing Mom: Well, dead mom.
  • Power Trio: Usually the Super-ego (lampshaded by Cook when he calls him a "fun-sponge"), occasionally the Ego.
  • Shirtless Scene: Seems to enjoy leaving his shirt at home even in the non-sex scenes.
  • 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)

  • 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.
  • 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)

  • 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.
  • 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.

Naomi Campbell

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

  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Family

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.
  • 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

  • Hands-Off Parenting: Hasn't seen her son since she kicked him out for selling her wedding rings for dope - until he's under house arrest in Season 4.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Has sex with Freddie.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Faux Affably Evil: Has an artificial charm which he uses to Mind Rape Effy and maintains his professional attitude even when he's about to kill Freddie. His charm is so artificial though that his attempt at remorse for his treatment of Effy feels really hollow.
  • Karmic Death: Cook did kill him. He gets killed by his victim's best friend and also one of Effy's suitors. Justice sometime exists.

Sam

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)

  • Aborted Arc: The reasons behind her Freak Out in the Season 5 finale when Matty tries to have sex with her. As of the Season 6 premiere, Matty and Franky are an Official Couple and Franky tells her friends she's "been losing her virginity lots of times."
  • Actor Allusion: Franky coming from Oxford is a possible allusion to The Golden Compass.
    • It goes further than that: She's an orphan from Oxford whose (male) best friend disappeared.
  • Ambiguously Gay: She is referred to as a lesbian by some character early in the season, but Grace, Mini, and Liv eventually question her about her sexuality, and she's says she's "into people", something many fans took to mean she was pansexual, though considering her only romances were with men, this may not apply.
  • Beautiful All Along: In her first episode after her makeover.
  • Bifauxnen: She has a very butch/androgynous way of dressing.
  • Broken Bird: Implied specifically by her Freak Out in the finale. Then amped up a couple levels in s6 due to Grace's death and the role she played in it.
  • The Dandy: Has the appearance of one but lacks the obvious vanity and she apparently makes some of her own clothes.
  • The Heart: In series 5, where she frequently appeared in other character's episodes when they needed some form of guidance. In series 6, this aspect of her personality diminished due to her turmoil regarding Grace's death
  • Hidden Depths: She's a skilled animator, DJ, photographer and tailor.
    • And as of season 6, fluent in French.
  • In-Series Nickname: She seems to be called "Headfuck" by the other characters quite a lot...
  • No Social Skills: Most apparent during her first couple appearances because of her shyness. Her impulsive verbal bursts never fade though.
  • Shrinking Violet: At first, but this goes away completely by series 6
  • The Rival: How Mini sees her, until they become friends.
    • And then she forms a similar relationship with Liv due to her and Matty's feelings for each other.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Due to Grace's death, though there were shades of this beforehand.
  • Suppressed Mammaries: Many were surprised to see that Dakota Blue Richards has actually got not inconsiderable breasts, when she's not dressed as Franky. This is also supposedly the reason for Franky's Girliness Upgrade in Season 6; Dakota had had to bind her breasts to play the androgynous Franky, and it became too uncomfortable for her.

Aloysius "Alo" Creevey

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

  • Snap Back: He was pulled out of college in his season 5 episode and in the next episode he is seen performing in the School Play like nothing happened. Though his mom and dad probably just reinstated after he finally took some responsibility.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: How he ends up with Mini in all but actual marriage status. Better if the baby takes after it's mum.

Richard "Rich" Hardbeck

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

  • Drunken Song: Not played for laughs though, considering it caused the first real rift between him and Grace.
  • Opposites Attract: Grace even name-drops the trope.
  • Prince Charming: He becomes one in Grace's season 5 episode.
  • Put on a Bus: From episode 3 to about halfway through episode 5, he's off somewhere, dealing with Grace's death.

Mini McGuinness

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

  • All Love Is Unrequited: First there is her one-sided love for Nick, and then her unrequited "girl crush" on Franky. Subverted with her and Alo though, where this time she is the one rejecting his love (at first).
  • Alpha Bitch: Possibly a deconstruction of the trope.
  • Bad Bad Acting: She goes into a Narmy Large Ham mode during the rehearsal of the production of Twelfth Night.
  • The Matchmaker: Suggests Franky go after Matty while she's still angry at Liv.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: How some fans see her "girl crush" on Franky, arising as it does toward the end of the season, after all her drama with Nick. And then reversed in S6, when after those feelings were developed at the end of S5 and in the companion novel, she's confirmed as straight going into S6.
  • Pet the Dog: Her interactions with Alo in his series 5 episode.
  • Power Trio: With Liv and Grace she's the ego.
  • Rich Bitch: Not exactly rich, but she does throw pretty extravagant parties for someone her age.
    • Actually, she and her mother live in a low-income neighborhood, so she is far from being actually rich. Nick tells Liv in Mini's Season 5 episode that he hasn't been to Mini's home even if they've been going out for over a month, so it's possible that Mini tries to maintain a Rich Bitch image.

Olivia "Liv" Malone

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

  • Break the Cutie: Occurs throughout most of series 6 and culminates in her lashing out at Matty and Mini for how they both treated her (abandoning her after the accident that simultaneously killed Grace and just generally treating her like shit, respectively).
  • Closer to Earth: She's generally pretty easygoing, but when she loses her cool, it is fucking gone.
  • Ruptured Appendix: Liv spends her S6 episode thinking she has a lump on her uterus and is scared to have it medically looked at, but she later finds out that it was all in her head, and a psychological manifestation of her grief over Grace's death.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Grace's Season 5 episode, due to her frustration about Matty's obvious feelings towards Franky.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: To an extent, but considering this is Skins...
  • With Friends Like These...: Her and Mini's friendship definitely counts, though more during series 6.
    Alex: You're way too cool to be her friend.
    Liv: It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.

Grace Violet Blood

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

  • Break the Cutie: The novel seems to be an exercise in seeing how often Grace can cry.
    • It gets to a point where Mini considers her The Eeyore.
  • Daddy's Girl: Lampshaded by Rich, after he gets annoyed by how different she acts when around her parents.
  • Dark Secret: She's actually Professor David Blood's daughter.
  • The Ditz: Appears that way in Franky's episode, with several Shutting Up Now moments.
  • Double Agent: Something of this during the first few episodes, being a member of both Mini's gang (with Liv and Nick) and Franky's (with Alo and Rich). As of Mini's episode though, she and Mini are no longer friends, at least until the next episode when the two groups stop being separate and mesh together over a massive bag of weed, at Mini's suggestion.
  • Extreme Doormat: Deconstructed. When Rich accuses her of being one of these in order to please the people around her, she freely admits he's right, but then tells him that she only does it because it's more comfortable for her, and doesn't mean she's incapable of standing up for herself.
  • Foreshadowing: In her Season 5 episode.
    Rich: Where are you going?
    Grace: To a fucking castle in the clouds.
  • Opposites Attract: Grace mentions the trope by name, as it appears to be the case between her and Rich.
  • Team Mom: She has gone out of her way to maintain the friendships and relationships formed within the group.

Nicholas "Nick" Levan

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

  • Analogy Backfire
    Nick: "Isn’t this wicked. The Bloods and Cripples together at last. You get me?"
    Grace: "What’s he talking about?"
    Rich: "Nick’s suggesting that were a bunch of cripples and that he and Mini, are similar to a black violent LA street gang... obviously"
  • Bi the Way: Nick has no problem giving Alex a passionate kiss as way of an apology for "being a cunt".
  • Broken Ace: At least that's how David Blood and presumably his father see him after his series 5 episode.
  • The Masochism Tango: With Mini, they first appear to be Birds of a Feather but when it becomes painfully obvious that they don't work as a couple, they still stay together, at least until his series 5 episode.

Matthew "Matty" Levan

Played by: Sebastian De Souza
Centric episodes: None

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

Alex Henley

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Family

Geoff Cumber and Jeff Woodburn

Played by: John Sessions and Gareth Farr
  • Good Parents: At least initially, they appear to be a rare case of caring parents on the show.
  • Home Guard: Both former members of the Territorial Army.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, but not as quite their names are very similar.

Kevin Hardbeck

Played by: Daniel Ryan
  • First-Name Basis: Rich always refers to his dad by his first name (barring the end of the episode when Rich calls him "dad" as a Pet the Dog moment).

Shelley McGuinness

Played by: Clare Grogan
  • 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

  • The Shrink: A life coach and motivational speaker but still counts as an unintentional type 1

Catherine Creevey

Played by Ingrid Lacey

  • All Take and No Give: Her relationship with Alo is pretty much defined by the fact that neither side wishes to compromise, making them both "takers."

David Blood

Played by: Chris Addison

  • Death Glare: Gives quite a formidable one to Rich while they are having dinner
  • Education Papa: Considering he's the principal of a school this is hardly suprising.]]

Gregory

Played by: Alastair Mackenzie

Eric

Played By: Justin Edwards

  • Actor Allusion: Clare Grogan's ex-partner is called Gregory.
  • Parental 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"

  • The Mafia: It's implied that her dad is a member.
  • No Bisexuals: Many have pointed out that having Tea come out as bisexual would be a great solution to the Tony/Tea/Betty triangle, appeasing both Tea/Tony shippers and queer fans upset about the show resorting to an offensive cliche. However, Word of God has confirmed that she is a lesbian, not bisexual, and her interest in Tony is strictly friendly and she's just confused. Um, okay...
  • Twofer Token Minority: Lesbian and (half-)Jewish.

Daisy Valero

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

  • Only Sane Woman: Like her British counterpart, Daisy tends to play this role - though she is a bit wilder than Jal was.
  • Race Lift: Jal was Black; Daisy is Latina (though she looks more Filipina than she does Latina, as Camille is half-Filipina).
  • Their First Time: She and Abbud lose their virginity to each other in her Season 1 episode.

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"

Family

Michelle's Mom

Nana Marvelli

  • In the Blood: Likes the ladies, just like her granddaughter.

Supporting Cast

Tabitha

Mad Mao Le Dong

Betty

Tina

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


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