Kaya Rose Humphrey
13 March 1992
Kaya Rose Scodelario-Davis (née Humphrey; born 13 March 1992) is a British and Brazilian actress. She first came to prominence co-starring on E4's Skins (2007–2010, 2013), receiving two Golden Nymph nominations for her portrayal of Effy Stonem. She then took on leading roles in a variety of films, such as Wuthering Heights (2011), the Maze Runner series (2014–2018), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Crawl (2019), and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021). Her other credits include Moon (2009), Now Is Good (2012), The Truth About Emanuel (2013), and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019). Outside of film, Scodelario has starred in Channel 4's Southcliffe (2013), BBC's The Pale Horse (2020), and the Netflix series Spinning Out (2020). She is married to actor Benjamin Walker.
Scodelario was born Kaya Rose Humphrey on 13 March 1992, in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. Her mother, Katia Scodelario, is a Brazilian accountant from Itu, São Paulo, who moved to England in 1990; Scodelario's surname comes from her mother's Italian grandfather. Her father, Roger Humphrey, was English and died in November 2010.[non-primary source needed]
Her parents divorced when Scodelario was one year old, and her mother brought her to London when she was four. They spent their first night on the street before finding a council flat on Holloway Road. Scodelario adopted her mother's surname and spoke Portuguese at home. She attended Bishop Douglass Catholic School and then Islington Arts and Media School. She participated in school plays and found drama an escape from bullying. Her mother took on multiple jobs to make ends meet and had clinical depression that worsened during Scodelario's teen years from the strain. Scodelario said she wanted to help, but did not know how at the time and moved out to a flat in Camden.
In 2006, 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. While Scodelario's role in the first series had minimal speaking lines, her character developed considerably during the second series. She eventually became the central character in the third and fourth 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.[non-primary source needed]
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. 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.
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, released on 26 March 2010, she played teenager Tasha. 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. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2011 to generally positive reviews, and Scodelario was hailed as a "heart-wrenching revelation". Wuthering Heights also played at several other international film festivals, including the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, and the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2011, she signed on to play Sally Weaver in a British thriller, Twenty8k. The film was released in September 2012. In late June, Scodelario announced that she had signed on to star in Now Is Good with Dakota Fanning.[non-primary source needed] 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. She portrays Zoey, the protagonist's best friend. 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.
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. In April 2012, Scodelario shot a cameo appearance for the film Spike Island. She also participated in an advertising campaign for Korean jewelry brand J. Estina. 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.
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. She filmed the lead role in the film adaptation of The Moon and the Sun in 2014; however, the film was not released until 2022, then under the title The King's Daughter. She starred in the home-invasion thriller Tiger House which was released in 2015, and also had a starring role in the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which was 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.[non-primary source needed]
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. She then went on to play the lead in Alexandre Aja's horror film, Crawl, which was released in July 2019, to positive reviews. Her next film, 2021's Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, saw Scodelario lead another horror film, this time portraying video game character Claire Redfield as a main protagonist.
Scodelario then signed up to lead a new Netflix series, an edgy figure skating drama called Spinning Out in 2019. Debuting in early 2020, the series explored multi-person mental illness within a family and its interaction with high-level competitive sports.
In Spring 2019, Scodelario became the face of Cartier's new jewelry line, Clash de Cartier, and filmed the latest Agatha Christie miniseries adaptation, The Pale Horse, for Amazon and BBC. In August 2021, Scodelario joined dramedy Don't Make Me Go being developed under Amazon Studios, and filmed This Is Christmas the following summer. Scodelario went on to film two series for Netflix in 2023: The Gentlemen, inspired by the Guy Ritchie film of the same name, and Senna, a biographical drama on legendary Brazilian Formula One driver, Ayrton Senna.
Scodelario dated her Skins co-star Jack O'Connell for about a year before they split up in June 2009, remaining good friends. She was in a relationship with Elliott Tittensor from late 2009 to early 2014. During their relationship, she supported Tittensor after his arrest for hitting someone while driving an uninsured car.
Scodelario and Benjamin Walker began dating during the filming of The King's Daughter in early 2014, becoming engaged in December 2014, and marrying in December 2015. Both subsequently adopted the surname "Scodelario-Davis". Their first child, a son, was born in November 2016. Scodelario's Skins co-star Daniel Kaluuya, who grew up in the same neighbourhood as her, is her son's godfather. On 18 September 2021, Scodelario announced she was pregnant with her second child. In December 2021, she gave birth to a daughter.
In January 2018, Scodelario revealed that she had been sexually assaulted when she was 12 years old.
|2010||Clash of the Titans||Peshet|
|2011||Wuthering Heights||Catherine Earnshaw|
|2012||Now Is Good||Zoey Walker|
|2012||Spike Island||T-shirt Vendor|
|2013||The Truth About Emanuel||Emanuel|
|2013||Walking Stories||Sara Campbell||Also released as a series of eight episodes|
|2014||The Maze Runner||Teresa|
|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|
|2021||Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City||Claire Redfield|
|2022||The King's Daughter||Marie-Joséphe D'Alembert||Filmed in 2014|
|2022||Don't Make Me Go||Annie|
|2022||This is Christmas||Emma|
|2007–2010, 2013||Skins||Effy Stonem||Main role|
|2012||True Love||Karen||Episodes: "Holly", "Adrian"|
|2020||Spinning Out||Kat Baker||Main role|
|2020||The Pale Horse||Hermia Easterbrook||Miniseries|
|TBA||The Gentlemen||Susie Glass||Main role|
|2009||"Stay Too Long"||Plan B|
|2010||"She Said"||Plan B|
|"Old Isleworth"||The Ruskins|
|'"Love Goes Down"||Plan B|
|2011||"Writing's on the Wall"||Plan B|
Awards and nominations
|2008||Golden Nymph||Outstanding Actress – Drama Series||Skins||Nominated|
|2009||TV Quick Awards||Best Actress||Skins||Nominated|
|2010||TV Quick Awards||Best Actress||Skins||Nominated|
|2010||Golden Nymph||Outstanding Actress – Drama Series||Skins||Nominated|
|2012||GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards||PANDORA Breakthrough||Wuthering Heights||Nominated|
|2012||Virgin Media Movie Awards||Next Big Thing 2012||Herself||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||The Maze Runner||Nominated|
|Capricho Awards||Best International Actress||The Maze Runner||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||Choice Movie Ship (shared with Dylan O'Brien)||Maze Runner: The Death Cure||Nominated|
|2019||National Film & TV Awards||Best Actress||Crawl||Nominated|
|2023||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Actress||The King's Daughter||Nominated|
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