Kaya Scodelario (“Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes”)
For a TV show watched by a fairly small British audience, teen drama “Skins” has had an impressive effect on the movies world. In the five years since it debuted, it’s helped to introduce movie screens to Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”), Joe Dempsie and Hannah Murray (“Game Of Thrones”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Welcome To The Punch”), Jack O’Connell (“300: Battle Of Artimesia”) and Luke Pasqualino (“Snowpiercer”), among others. And the next to join them looks to be Kaya Scodelario. The 20-year-old actress was the only character to span the first four series of the show, which led to small parts in films including “Moon” and “Clash Of The Titans.” But she really showed her abilities by playing Cathy in Andrea Arnold’s bruising, brutal adaptation of “Wuthering Heights.” She was the best known name in the cast by some way, and more than held her own. And when Rooney Mara dropped out of Francesca Gregorini’s “Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes,” it was Scodelario who stepped in, as the title character, a teenage girl who becomes obsessed with her new neighbor. Reviews of the film have been a touch divided (some raves, some dismissive ones), but Scodelario’s been the constant, with comparisons to previous Sundance darlings Elizabeth Olsen and Carey Mulligan surfacing a good deal. And she’s continuing to work with promising collaborators — next up is “Southcliffe,” a British TV miniseries directed by “Martha Marcy May Marlene” director Sean Durkin.