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Kaya Scodelario

Kaya Scodelario
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Scodelario at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Kaya Rose Humphrey

(1992-03-13) March 13, 1992 (age 28)
Years active2004-present
Benjamin Walker (m. 2015)

Kaya Rose Scodelario-Davis[1] (née Humphrey) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Effy Stonem on the E4 teen drama Skins (2007-2010, 2013), and Teresa in The Maze Runner film series (2014-2018). Other roles include Catherine Earnshaw in Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights (2011), Carol Ann Boone in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), and Katarina Baker in Netflix's Original Spinning Out (2020).

Early life

Scodelario was born Kaya Rose Humphrey in Haywards Heath, England. Her mother, Katia Scodelario, is a Brazilian from Itu, São Paulo,[2] who moved to England in 1990; Scodelario's surname comes from her mother's Italian grandfather.[3] Her father, Roger Humphrey (died 22 November 2010),[4] was British.[5][6][7] Scodelario's parents divorced when she was a child and she was raised in London by her mother, subsequently adopting her surname and becoming fluent in Portuguese.[8]


2007-2009: Skins

Scodelario at a Skins party in 2007
Scodelario in 2009

In 2007, at the age of 14 and with no acting experience, Scodelario was cast in the first series of Skins as Effy Stonem. At the auditions, Scodelario became discouraged as she felt she was too young, but a producer told her to stay and she was asked to read for the part.[9] While Scodelario's role in the first series had minimal speaking lines, her character developed considerably during 2008. She eventually became the central character in the 2009 and 2010 series after the cast had been replaced with a new generation of characters. This made Effy one of the only characters to appear from series 1 all the way through to series 4. Filming began in July and Scodelario said that 18 November 2009 was her last day of filming the series and that she would miss being on the show.[10]

Scodelario left after the fourth series, making way for the third generation of characters. Her performance was praised by critics, and she was nominated twice for Best Actress at the TV Quick Awards, in 2009 and 2010.[11] In the episode "Fire", one of three parts of the seventh (and final) season of Skins, Scodelario reprised the role of Effy. It is a two-part depiction of her life as an adult, lasting two hours. She claims "Fire" is "more like a movie" and that she could relate to Effy's struggle to change from a teenager into an adult.[12]

2009-2012: Film projects

Scodelario made her film debut in the science fiction-thriller film Moon, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, receiving positive reviews. In her second film, Shank, she plays a teenager, Tasha. The film was released on 26 March 2010.[13] In addition, she appeared in the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans as Peshet.

In April 2010, Scodelario confirmed her casting as Cathy in an adaptation of Wuthering Heights directed by Andrea Arnold.[14] The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2011[15] to generally positive reviews, and Scodelario was hailed as a "heart-wrenching revelation".[16]Wuthering Heights also played at several other international film festivals, including the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival,[17] the London Film Festival,[18] and the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.[19]

Scodelario in 2012 filming "Candy" by Robbie Williams

In 2011, she signed on to play Sally Weaver in a British thriller, Twenty8k.[20] The film was released in September 2012.[21] In late June, Scodelario announced that she had signed on to star in Now Is Good with Dakota Fanning.[22] The film is based on Jenny Downham's novel Before I Die, about a teenage girl with leukaemia who makes a list of things to do before she dies.[23] She portrays Zoey, the protagonist's best friend.[24] In late September 2011, Scodelario filmed a television serial for BBC One, True Love, an improvised series comprising five stand-alone episodes, each covering a different love-related dilemma. She is cast in the third storyline as Karen, the love interest of her teacher, portrayed by Billie Piper.[25]

In January 2012, Scodelario made her first American film, The Truth About Emanuel, in Los Angeles. She stars as the title character, Emanuel, a troubled 17-year-old girl who babysits her new neighbour Linda's "baby", which is actually a very lifelike doll. It had a limited Release on 10 January 2014.[26] In April 2012, Scodelario shot a cameo appearance for the film Spike Island.[27] She also participated in an advertising campaign for Korean jewelry brand J. Estina.[28] In 2013 she starred in the four-part Channel 4 drama series Southcliffe, which tells the story of a fictional English town devastated by a spate of shootings, exploring the tragedy through the eyes of a journalist and those close to the victims.[29]

2013-2018: The Maze Runner series

She signed on to the film franchise The Maze Runner in April 2013 as the lead female character, Teresa, in the first film, based on the novel of the same name by James Dashner released in September 2014, and its sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, released in September 2015.[30] She starred in lead roles in the home-invasion thriller Tiger House in 2015 [31] and the film adaptation of The Kings Daughter, however after production wrapped in 2014 this film is still yet to be released.[32][33] She also had a starring role in the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, released on 26 May 2017.

Scodelario reprised the role of Teresa in Maze Runner: The Death Cure. The film was set for release on 17 February 2017, but after her co-star Dylan O'Brien was injured on set, the film was pushed back to 26 January 2018.[34]

2019-present: Further roles and return to TV

The year 2019 brought new projects for Scodelario. The first, released in May 2019, was Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, about serial killer Ted Bundy, where she portrays his wife Carole Ann Boone.[35] The second has Scodelario play the lead in Alexandre Aja's latest horror film, Crawl, which was filmed in Belgrade, and released in July 2019, to positive reviews.[36] Scodelario then signed up to lead a new Netflix series, an edgy figure skating drama called Spinning Out in 2019.[37] In Spring 2019, Scodelario became the face of Cartier's new jewelry line, Clash de Cartier,[38] and filmed the latest Agatha Christie miniseries adaptation, The Pale Horse, for Amazon and BBC.[39]

Personal life

Scodelario dated her Skins co-star Jack O'Connell for about a year before they split up in June 2009, remaining good friends.[40][41][42]

Scodelario married actor Benjamin Walker in December 2015;[43] they began dating during the filming of The King's Daughter in early 2014. They have one son.[44] Actor Daniel Kaluuya is her son's godfather.[45]

She was voted 13th in the UK edition of FHM's 100 World's Sexiest Women 2010.[46] Scodelario revealed she has dyslexia in 2010.[47]

In October 2017, as part of the #MeToo movement, Scodelario revealed that she had been sexually assaulted thirteen years prior by somebody who is protected by "family members" in Brazil.[48]


Kaya Scodelario and Dylan O'Brien at a panel for the Maze Runner film at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Moon Eve Bell
2010 Clash of the Titans Peshet
2010 Shank Tasha
2011 Wuthering Heights Catherine Earnshaw
2012 Now Is Good Zoey Walker
2012 Twenty8k Sally Weaver
2012 Spike Island T-shirt Vendor
2013 The Truth About Emanuel Emanuel
2013 Walking Stories Sara Campbell Short film
2014 The Maze Runner Teresa
2014 Tiger House Kelly
2014 A Plea for Grimsby Jone's Girlfriend Short film
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Teresa
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Carina Smyth
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Teresa
2019 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Carole Ann Boone
2019 Crawl Haley Keller
TBA The King's Daughter Marie-Joséphe D'Alember Production completed; awaiting release


Year Title Role Notes
2007-2010, 2013 Skins Effy Stonem[49] Main role
2012 True Love Karen 2 episodes: "Holly", "Adrian"
2013 Southcliffe Anna Salter Mini-series
2020 Spinning Out Kat Baker Main role
2020 The Pale Horse Hermia Easterbrook Mini-series

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2009 "Stay Too Long" Plan B
2010 "She Said" Plan B
2010 "Old Isleworth" The Ruskins
2010 '"Love Goes Down" Plan B
2011 "Writing's on the Wall" Plan B
2012 "Candy" Robbie Williams

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Golden Nymph Outstanding Actress - Drama Series Skins Nominated
2009 TV Quick Awards Best Actress Nominated
2010 TV Quick Awards Best Actress Nominated
2010 Golden Nymph Outstanding Actress - Drama Series Nominated
2012 GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards PANDORA Breakthrough Wuthering Heights Nominated
2012 Virgin Media Movie Awards Next Big Thing 2012 N/A Nominated
2013 Virgin Media Movie Awards Best Actress True Love Nominated
2013 Ashland Independent Film Award Best Acting Ensemble: Feature Shared with Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina, Frances O'Connor, Jimmi Simpson, and Aneurin Barnard The Truth About Emanuel Won
2014 GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards UK TV Actress Skins/Southcliffe Nominated
2015 GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards NEXT Breakthrough The Maze Runner Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Nominated
Capricho Awards[50] Best International Actress Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Nominated
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Awards[51] Choice Movie Ship (shared with Dylan O'Brien) Maze Runner: The Death Cure Nominated
2019 National Film & TV Awards Best Actress Crawl Nominated


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