Kaya Rose Scodelario-Davis is a British actress best known for her role as Effy Stonem in the teen drama series ‘Skins’. The series was about the lives of a group of teenagers and explored issues, such as dysfunctional families, mental illness, and bipolar disorder. Venturing into acting as a teenager, she began her career with a television role. She eventually entered movies as well. Her works on the big screen include the dystopian sci-fi film ‘The Maze Runner’, where she played one of the main roles. The film did well commercially and earned ten times its budget. She also played an important role in the swashbuckler fantasy film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’, the most recent installment of the famous ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film series. Over the course of her career, she has been nominated for two Golden Nymph Awards and three Teen Choice Awards among others. She also won an ‘Ashland Independent Film Award’ for her role in the movie ‘The Truth about Emanuel.’
Childhood & Early Life
Scodelario was born as Kaya Rose Humphrey in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, in England, on 13 March 1992. Her parents divorced when she was still very young. She was, therefore, raised by her mother, whose surname she eventually adopted.
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Though Kaya Scodelario had no prior training or experience in acting, she was cast in the first season of ‘Skins’ in the role of Effy Stonem in 2007. Though initially she had minimal speaking lines, the significance of her character grew as the series developed. Though the series earned positive reviews from the critics, it also kindled considerable controversy because of its depiction of teen sexuality.
She made her film debut with a supporting role in the sci-fi film ‘Moon’ in 2009. Directed by Duncan Jones, the film earned nearly twice its budget. The film won many awards and was also nominated for BAFTA Awards in the category of ‘Best British Film’.
She was next seen in the 2010 fantasy film ‘Clash of the Titans’. The film was based on the Greek myth of Perseus. Though the movie performed well financially, it was met with negative reviews from the critics.
She appeared in the British action movie ‘Shank’. The film was met with negative reviews. Her next film, ‘Wuthering Heights,’ was also a huge commercial disaster. However, it won several awards and received mixed to favorable reviews. The news website Salon placed it on the top of their list of the ‘Best Movies of 2012’. She next appeared in the teen drama film ‘Now is Good’, the Comedy film ‘Spike,’ and the thriller film ‘Twenty8k’.
In 2013, she played an important role in the drama thriller film ‘The Truth about Emanuel’. Written, directed, and produced by Francesca Gregorini, the film won multiple awards, though it didn’t fare well financially. Along with the rest of the cast, Scodelario won the ‘Ashland Independent Film Award’ for her performance in the category of ‘Best Ensemble’. The same year, she also appeared in the short film ‘Walking Stories’. The next year, she was seen in the thriller film ‘Tiger House’.
Her popularity increased after she played one of the main roles in the 2014 dystopian sci-fi film ‘The Maze Runner’. The film was a financial success, earning more than ten times its budget of $34 million. It won a few awards and was met with average reviews. She reprised her role in the films ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ (2015) and ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ (2018) which were also huge commercial successes.
Another important work in her career is the fantasy swashbuckler film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’. It was the fifth film of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film series. The film was a huge success commercially and was met with average reviews.
Kaya Scodelario made her film debut in ‘Moon,’ a 2009 sci-fi film which was written by Duncan Jones. It was about a man living on the far side of the moon who experiences a personal crisis. Other actors in the film were Sam Rockwell, Robin Chalk, Dominique McElligott, Benedict Wong and Matt Berry. Made on a budget of $5 million, the film earned almost twice its budget. It also won numerous awards including one BAFTA Award and a British Independent Film Award.
Scodelario gained popularity for her main role in the dystopian film ‘The Maze Runner’. Directed by Wes Ball, it was based on the novel of the same by James Dashner. The film follows the story of a teenage boy who awakens in a maze with no idea of who he is. The film did well commercially, earning more than ten times its budget, and also won multiple awards. It was met with average reviews.
She played a supporting role in the 2017 swashbuckler fantasy film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’. Directed by Joachim Ronning, the film was the fifth installment of the famous film series ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’. The film starred actors Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush and Brenton Thwaites. It was met with mostly mixed reviews from critics.
Kaya Scodelario has been married to Benjamin Walker since 2015. They have a son who was born in 2016.
Previously she had dated Jack O’Connell and Elliott Tittensor.
She suffers from dyslexia.