Kaya Scodelario

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Kaya Scodelario
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Scodelario at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Kaya Rose Humphrey
(1992-03-13) 13 March 1992 (age 23)
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Benjamin Walker (m. 2015)

Kaya Scodelario-Davis[1] (born Kaya Rose Humphrey; 13 March 1992) is an English actress. She is known for her performance as Effy Stonem in the E4 teen drama Skins and as Teresa Agnes in the Maze Runner film series. She was recently cast as the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, slated for a 2017 release.

Early life[edit]

Scodelario was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. Her mother, Katia Scodelario, is Brazilian, and moved to England in 1990 (her surname comes from her Italian grandfather).[2] Her father, Roger Humphrey (died 22 November 2010),[3] was English.[4][5][6] Her parents divorced when she was a child and she was brought up by her mother, subsequently adopting her surname and becoming fluent in Portuguese.[7]



With no prior acting experience, at the age of 14, Scodelario was cast in the 2007 first series of Skins as Effy Stonem. Upon Scodelario's arrival to the auditions she felt she was too young and became discouraged; however, a producer told her to stay and she was asked to read for the part.[8]

While Scodelario's role had minimal speaking lines in the first series, her character developed considerably in the series during 2008, before 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 the only character to appear from series 1 right through to series 4 of Skins. Filming began in July and Scodelario revealed that 18 November 2009 had been her last day of filming the series and that she would miss being on the show.[9] 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 in the category for Best Actress at the TV Quick Awards in 2009 and 2010.[10]

Scodelario reprised her role as Effy in one of the three parts of the seventh (and final) series of Skins, which is called "Fire", and is a two part rendition of her life as an adult, lasting two hours in total. She claims Fire is "more like a movie" and says she can currently relate, as both Scodelario and her character, Effy, are struggling to change from a teenager into an adult.[11]


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 called Tasha. The film was released on 26 March 2010.[12] In addition, she appeared in the 2010 remake of the Clash of the Titans as Peshet.

Scodelario in 2009

Scodelario was previously signed with Models 1 and has modeled for various magazines, including Teen Vogue, Nylon, Instyle UK, Elle UK, Dazed & Confused, Vogue and i-D.

She appears in the music videos for Stay Too Long, She Said, Love Goes Down, and Writing's on the Wall by British musician Plan B.[13] She can also be seen in the music video for Old Isleworth by The Ruskins[14] and Robbie Williams' 2012 single, Candy.[15]

In April 2010, Scodelario confirmed her casting as Cathy in an adaptation of Wuthering Heights directed by Andrea Arnold.[16] Principal photography started in September[17] and concluded in November 2010.[18] The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2011[19] to generally positive reviews, and Scodelario was even hailed as a "heart-wrenching revelation".[20] Wuthering Heights also appeared at several other international film festivals, including the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival,[21] London Film Festival,[22] and the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.[23] The film was released in the UK on 11 November.[24]

In 2011, she signed on to play "Sally Weaver" in a British thriller, Twenty8k.[25] Filming lasted six weeks during April and May 2011.[26] The film was released in September 2012.[27] In late June, Scodelario announced that she has signed on to star in Now Is Good with Dakota Fanning.[28] The film is based on Jenny Downham's novel, Before I Die, about a teenage girl with leukaemia who creates a list of things to do before she dies.[29] She portrays Zoey, the protagonist's best friend.[30] Production was shot in seven weeks in July[31] and August.[32] 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, who is portrayed by Billie Piper.[33] The episode aired on 19 June 2012.[34]

Scodelario in 2012

In January 2012, Scodelario filmed her first American film, Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, 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. Limited Release on 10 January 2014.[35] While visiting her boyfriend on the set of Spike Island in April, Scodelario filmed a cameo appearance for the film.[36] She also participated in an advertising campaign for Korean jewellery brand J. Estina.[37] 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.[38]

She signed on to the film franchise The Maze Runner in April 2013 as the lead female character, Teresa, in the first film, released in September 2014, and its sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, released in September 2015.[39] She starred in lead roles in the home-invasion thriller, Tiger House,[40] and the film adaptation of The Moon and the Sun, which is expected for a 2015 release.[41][42]

Personal life[edit]

Scodelario dated her Skins co-star Jack O'Connell for about a year before splitting up in June 2009, though they remain good friends.[43][44][45] She was in a relationship with Elliott Tittensor from late 2009 to early 2014.[46] During their relationship, she supported Tittensor after his arrest for an incident where he hit someone while driving in an uninsured car.[47]

During the filming of The Moon and the Sun, Scodelario began dating her co-star, Benjamin Walker (Davis). They became engaged on 28 December 2014,[48] and married in 2015.[49]

From 2008 to 2010, Scodelario lived alone in a flat in North London, stating her belief that it is important for women to be "independent and strong".[50]

Scodelario suffers from dyslexia, and tweeted in 2010, "Watching an interesting doc on BBC Three about dyslexia, something that I have struggled with my whole life. It really affected my self-esteem."[51]

She was voted 13th in the UK edition of FHM's 100 World's Sexiest Women 2010.[52]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Moon Eve
2010 Clash of the Titans Peshet
2010 Shank Tasha
2011 Wuthering Heights Catherine Earnshaw
2012 Now Is Good Zoey
2012 Twenty8k Sally Weaver
2012 Spike Island T-shirt Vendor
2013 The Truth About Emanuel Emanuel
2014 The Maze Runner Teresa Agnes
2014 Tiger House Kelly
2014 A Plea for Grimsby Jone's Girlfriend Short film
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Teresa Agnes
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Carina Smyth Post-Production
2017 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Teresa Agnes
TBA The Moon and the Sun Marie-Josèphe


Year Title Role Notes
2007–2010, 2013 Skins Effy Stonem[53] Main role (26 episodes)
2012 True Love Karen 2 episodes: "Holly", "Adrian"
2013 Southcliffe Anna Mini-series (4 episodes)


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Walking Stories Sara Campbell 8 episodes

Music videos[edit]

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[edit]

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/Adventure Nominated
Capricho Awards[54] Best International Actress Pending


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