A Definitive Ranking of the Top 10 "Skins" UK Characters

A Definitive Ranking of the Top 10 "Skins" UK Characters

We hated to love them, but these characters will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
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1. Effy
Lets be honest, Effy was the coolest person out of all the generations (even when she didn't speak). We were intrigued during the first generation, and were excited when she was a main character in the second. We all rooted for her and Freddie to be together, and shared sadness after her psychotic break and his sudden death.

2. Cook
Cook was a character we all loved to hate in the beginning of the generation. His crazy antics and mean demeanor made us wonder why the writer's would every create such a character, but when we started to see how big a a heart he had he grew on us very fast.

3. Tony
Tony was the first character we were introduced to in "Skins," and we all adored his boyish charm and confidence. I was never crazy about him and Michelle's relationship, but it was always entertaining to watch the drama unfold. He made some poor decisions that almost made us hate him (his cheating and controlling manner), but was redeemed when he became a better, more vulnerable version of himself after his accident.

4. Sid
Sid was the underdog we were all rooting for. We all knew he was meant for Cassie even when he was "in love" with Michelle. Sid got so much better when he grew up at home and started standing up to Tony. And who could forget his romantic gesture of following Cassie to New York.

5. Anwar
Pretty much everyone in the first generation was perfect, and no one lived up to this more than Anwar. He was absolutely hilarious in every episode (especially in Russia) and could do no wrong in my eyes (except dating Maxxie's stalker). His bromance with Maxxie despite his religion made us love him even more.

6. Maxxie
Maxxie was the first of many homosexual characters we would be introduced to in the series, but Maxxie will always be our favorite due to his natural dancing talent and his strong perseverance. After he helped Tony regain his abilities after his accident when no one else had put Maxxie at a special place in our hearts.

7. Grace
Grace represented everything good and pure in the world in the third generation. She was hella classy, but willing to experience other's points-of-views and worlds. Her relationship with Rich was the cutest, and her plot twist of a death made us all want to quit the third generation all together.

8. Freddie
Freddie was the cool kid of the second generation despite his questionable fashion choices. He lost some steam in the middle when he was a terribly mean to his family and when he dated Katie. Freddie was redeemed when he and Effy finally ended up together and he helped her through her psychotic break. He stood up for her against her crazy psychiatrist which ultimately led to his heartbreaking death.

9. Cassie
Against popular opinion, I was never a huge fan for Cassie. I always found her episodes boring and I couldn't really connect with her, but I know many "Skins" watchers loved and cherished her character.

10. J.J.
J.J. was the underdog of his generation that we all loved. We all were cheering for him when his personal problems came up and when Cook took advantage of their friendship.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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