Kaya Scodelario is a British television and film actress. She gained popularity by starring as Effy Stonem on the popular series "Skins" before landing roles in several high profile films like "Moon," "The Maze Runner" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."
Kaya Rose Humphrey (originally born with the last name Humphrey) was raised by her mother Katia Scodelario after her parents divorced when she was just a year old. During her youth, her mother (who is Brazilian) taught her fluent Portuguese as she trudged through her schooling. By this we simply mean that due to the fact that she was dyslexic, had frizzy hair and a petite frame, many of her fellow students would tease her. However, she would end up getting the last laugh, as the bullying she endured forced her to search for an outlet in the form of acting. And after starring as the lead in her school's production of "Oliver!," she realized that her love of the craft was more than a passing fancy.
By the time she was 14, Kaya decided that is was time to take the next steps in making her acting dreams come true by auditioning for the role of Effy Stonem on the UK series "Skins." While she was supposed to be 16 to audition, she lied to the director and wound up landing the part. Soon, her character became so popular that she was bumped up to the lead during the latter half of the series. This was enough exposure to open up new doors for the young actress, and by 2009 she was cast in her first feature film "Moon" alongside actor Sam Rockwell.
Since going on to book roles in movies like 2010's "Clash of the Titans," Kaya used the forward momentum of her budding career to expand it into modeling as well. When she was able to get signed with Models 1, Britain's leading agency, she began appearing in the pages of such popular magazines as Vogue and Elle UK, something she ended up using to her advantage any time she was to release a new film. She has since gone on to become of of Britain's most buzzed about up-and-comers, with roles in popular film franchises like "The Maze Runner" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" priming her for Hollywood super stardom.