The new Skins cast revealed


Skins cast series five
Image caption The cast aren't dressed as their characters in this photo

The new cast for series five of Skins has been revealed.

The show's producers trawled the country holding open auditions to find new talent to follow in the footsteps of Dev Patel and Nicholas Hoult.

Five of the cast were chosen from 7000 hopefuls at the open auditions, the rest were found through their agents.

The new line up also includes a Hollywood name - Dakota Blue Richards who starred in The Golden Compass alongside Nicole Kidman.

We get to see them on screen in January 2011 on E4.

Find out more about them below. Looking at the main picture they run from left to right.

Alexander Arnold

"I'm Alex, I'm from Ashford, Kent. I think Skins is the opportunity of a life time and I couldn't believe I'd got the part, particularly when I haven't really done a lot of acting before so I was really surprised to get through! It's a great feeling to get the part through the open audition process. I auditioned in London, turned up with a few of my friends and was met by masses of other people auditioning. I didn't think there would be much point but I stuck it out and I made it through."

Dakota Blue Richards

"I've been asking for years to get a part on Skins because I've always loved the series and wanted to be in it. Finally this year I'm old enough to play a part! It's crazy to be part of this Skins phenomenon, it's as much a life style choice as anything because of the attention that comes with it. We are eight friends on screen as well as off screen so we have all that dynamic that you'll see in the series."

Sean Teale

"I'm from London. I got the part the day before my birthday so it was the best birthday present I could have ever hoped for! It's really strange to think I'm part of this new series. It hasn't really sunk in that I'm in the cast yet. So far I've had the best time filming and I'm having fun and I'm so lucky to be part of this incredible legacy!"

Sebastian De Souza

"I'm Sebastian from a little village called Boxford, just outside of Newbury. It's very far away from anything. Working on Skins is the most incredible thing, we've only been filming for a few weeks now but I've never learned so much in my entire life. I can't wait for people to see it."

Will Merrick

"Hi I'm Will. I live in Herefordshire. I got the part through the open auditions in Bristol. I went with a group of friends as we were massive fans of the show so wanted to be part of it. We turned up to see thousands of people so I thought it would be pointless but turns out it was all worth it. I'm so lucky to be part of the Skins family, it's really fun and every day just gets better."

Laya Lewis

"Hello! I'm Laya and I'm from Bristol. It's so exciting to be part of Skins mainly because I'm from Bristol and it's great to represent the place where it's set. The auditions took place at my school. It was incredible, there were so many people. It was mad! I got the part while I was working. I was so excited but had to carry on. It was a great feeling"

Freya Mavor

"Hi, I'm Freya and I'm from Edinburgh. I got the part through the open auditions in Bristol. I overheard about them in conversation on a bus and thought this was something I needed to be part of! I went along, queued for hours, made friends, it was crazy but all totally worth it! It's insane to think I'm in Skins, I've always been a fan and I'm so lucky that I'm in something which I've always admired."

Jessica Sula

"I'm from Swansea, South Wales. It still hasn't sunk in yet! Skins is so different from anything else on TV and I'm just so excited to be part of it. I was revising for my exams and I took a break and saw that there were open auditions taking place for the next series. I headed down the next day to Bristol and the rest is history. I'm incredibly lucky."