Kaya Scodelario is a young British actress who first came to fame in the hit E4 TV series Skins (2008-10). Having had no prior acting experience, she played the role of Effy. Effy is the only character to have appeared in the first four series of the programme, starting with minimal speaking lines in the first series, to becoming the central character in the third and fourth. Scodelario received critical acclaim and nominations for her acting skills, and reprised her role in 2013 when a whole episode was centred on Effy in the seventh and final series.
Scodelario made her film debut in Moon (2009) which premiered at the Sundance Film festival. Moon co-starred Kevin Spacey and Sam Rockwell , received positive reviews and was nominated for a number of awards including a win at the Bafta’s. Her first leading film role was as Cathy in Wuthering Heights (2010). This also received positive reviews and Scodelario was even hailed as “a heart-wrenching revelation”. In 2012, she starred in the films Now is Good, co-starring Dakota Fanning and in Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, co-starring Jessica Biel.
This year has seen Scodelario star as the female lead in The Maze Runner co-starring Will Poulter. Her upcoming roles include The Moon and the Sun (2015) co-starring Pierce Brosnan and the reprisal of her role as Teresa Agnes in the sequel, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.