|Элизабет «Эффи» Стонэм|
|Age:||14-15 (in series 1 and 2) |
16-18 (in series 3 and 4)
21 (in series 7)
|Education:||Roundview College (graduated)|
|Occupation(s):||Student (former) |
Stock trader (former)
|Family:||Tony Stonem (older brother) |
Anthea Stonem (mother)
Jim Stonem (father)
David Stonem (grandfather) †
|Romances:||Jake (ex-boyfriend) |
Dominic (love interest, former)
Freddie McClair (boyfriend; her true love) †
James Cook (love interest, former)
|Friends:||Pandora Moon (best friend) |
Naomi Campbell (best friend/flatmate in series 7) †
|Enemies:||Katie Fitch (former)|
|First Appearance:||«Tony» (episode 1.01)|
|Centric Episode(s):||«Effy» (episode 1.08) |
«Effy» (episode 2.07)
«Effy» (episode 3.08)
«Finale» (episode 3.10)
«Effy» (episode 4.07)
«Fire: Part 1» (episode 7.01)
«Fire: Part 2″(episode 7.02)
|Last Appearance:||«Fire: Part 2» (episode 7.02)|
|Potrayed by:||Kaya Scodelario|
Elizabeth «Effy» Stonem is a fictional character in the television series Skins, played by Kaya Scodelario. She appears in all of the first four series, as well as the seventh series, and appears in the most episodes (27). Kaya Scodelario was included in Entertainment Weekly’s 2009 «Summer Must List», being named «Bad Girl» for her portrayal of Effy. She was included in AfterEllen.com’s Top 50 Favorite Female TV Characters.
Effy is Tony Stonem’s runaway sister and one of the few people he truly cares about. She usually goes to social events with her own group of friends, leaving Tony uninvolved in most of her social life, though he helped her on more than one occasion to deceive their parents as to her whereabouts. The official website refers to «Tony’s little sister and her shadowy ways.» Until the first season’s eighth episode, «»Effy»,» she does not speak at all, instead sitting silently in the background of the scenes in which she appears, usually with a cold stare or a wry smile (a trademark of hers). In her first speaking appearance, she describes how she feels toward others:
Tony sarcastically comments that she is participating in a sponsored silence, and when asked by Michelle why she never speaks, she simply doesn’t answer. On her blog she reveals that her parents had her see a counselor for withholding speech, but that proved ineffective. After Tony’s life-threatening accident in the finale of the first series, Effy begins speaking again. After expressing her feelings of misanthropy to Tony, however, her brother snidely remarks to her that she «doesn’t fool [him]», suggesting that she is more vulnerable than her guarded and apparent aloofness may lead others to believe. She also proves to be perceptive and sly, as she almost single-handedly mends both Tony and Michelle’s and Sid and Cassie’s romantic relationships, a task that seemed essentially hopeless.
In the fourth series, she returns to Bristol after being away in Venice for the summer. She and Freddie begin their relationship again deciding that she loves him, thus letting go of Cook for good. She begins to have psychotic episodes and delusional symptoms and Freddie realizes that Effy has developed psychotic depression. She attempts suicide but Freddie, foreseeing this, saves her and she is taken to hospital and later, institutionalized. Anthea tells Freddie that they both need to be there to rebuild Effy, but Freddie tells her that only she will be there for her, seemingly letting go of Effy. Though they reconcile, when she leaves treatment in her centric episode, it is shown she is being abused by her obsessive psychiatrist and his unconventional hypnotic methods for treating her; Dr. Foster attempts to make Effy «forget» her friends. At the site of Tony’s accident, Effy suffers another breakdown and, in traffic, attempts suicide once again. When Freddie confronts Dr. Foster about Effy’s treatment, the doctor kills him. In the finale of season four, Effy is once again out of treatment, and even following Freddie’s mysterious disappearance is secure in that he loved her.
Effy is one of few characters in the series who has broken the fourth wall, having looked straight at the camera and commented or smirking in some episodes; another person to do this (and probably the most obvious) was Rich (Generation 3) in Series 6 episode 10 «Everyone (finale), looking straight at the camera, saying the word «bye», resembling the end of Skins in its entirety, aside from Series 7 being a 6 episode redux.
On her official Skins page, Effy claims she is distantly related to the 18th-century French aristocrat Cecile DeLacroix, who was beheaded during the French Revolution. She also says her favorite smell is petrol, and describes a peculiar talent of being able to pick up objects with her toes. Her favorite film is E.T.. Her best friend is odd girl Pandora Moon, who despite their differences, «gives the detached and cool Effy a heart».
Effy was born in 1992 to parents Anthea and Jim Stonem.
Effy comes home in the early morning. («Tony»)
In «Tony», Effy is seen one morning briefly walking home at the beginning of the episode, apparently from partying the night before. Her brother Tony distracts her father so that she can sneak back into the house, a routine they are both clearly familiar with.
Effy crying when Tony gets hit by a bus. («Series Finale»)
In the series finale, we learn that Effy’s parents have moved her to the private school in the aftermath of her drug episode. More layers to her character appear as she derides Tony verbally as a wanker for his treatment of ex-girlfriend Michelle, who had come to her previously in an attempt to understand Tony. She witnesses as Tony is hit by a bus, and screams in horror, crying silently as the finale takes place.
In the second series, we learn that Effy has now begun to speak openly, at least amongst her family and presumably among others as well. She also continues to party, as seen in the first episode of the second series, despite the events of «Effy» last series where both she and Tony were put through a traumatic experience.
In the sixth episode «Tony», it becomes clear that she is looking after Tony since his accident, where she is seen comforting him from his nightmares by reading him Greek myths. She also speaks to Michelle and Sid, but is fairly unfriendly with both of them.
In this series’ Effy-centric episode, it is revealed that Effy and Tony’s father is on a business trip in France while their mother stays at home each day, depressed and taking Tony’s medication. Effy on the other hand has taken on the role of a parental figure somewhat, where she is seen washing and drying her and Tony’s clothes (albeit ineptly), and watching after her mother.
Effy meets her new friend Pandora Moon. («Effy»)
At school Effy’s art teacher appoints Effy to the task of helping new girl Pandora, and explains that she must do well on her GCSE Art coursework or else she’ll be expelled. Although Effy clearly objects to the former, she allows Pandora to follow her around, and even takes her home with her. Back at home Tony receives a parcel from Michelle, which is actually the watch he gave her for her birthday, prompting him to become further frustrated with Sid. Sid explains to Effy his problems, in which she agrees that in exchange for doing her GCSE Art coursework, she promises to sort out Sid’s struggling social enterprises; specifically concerning his love for the estranged Cassie Ainsworth.
Effy, with Pandora in tow, picks up weed at Cassie’s where she inquires about her relationship with Sid, but otherwise doesn’t probe the subject. Effy is later seen taking the drugs to a club, where she sells them and is also seen by Tony selling Michelle’s watch, prompting him to be angered with her. It is revealed later that Effy didn’t sell it, but instead had it repaired and sent back to Michelle with the word «forever» engraved in it, softening Michelle enough to speak to Tony again. As for Sid, Effy sends an acquaintance of hers called Jake to Cassie’s – knowing the chances that they would sleep together – and takes a series of photos through the window. She scatters the photos around Sid’s sleeping form, prompting him to finally confront Cassie, where the two subsequently make up.
At school, Effy doesn’t use Sid’s artwork he created for her (she lets Pandora use it), but explains to her teacher that her GCSE Art coursework is conceptual, in which she used an array of emotions – referring to her recent experiences helping others mend their relationships. At the end of the episode, Effy’s father arrives home to a clean house, and his wife in an elegant state, all presumably done by Effy.
Effy breaking the fourth wall in the aftermath of Series 2 («Final Goodbyes»)
In the finale of the second series, «Final Goodbyes», Effy is seen in the final shot before the credits, smirking at the camera and smiling while lying under Tony’s duvet cover, foreshadowing her presence as the lead character in the third series.
Effy meeting Cook, Freddie and JJ («Everyone»)
In the following episode, «Cook», Effy gets to know her new classmates better while celebrating Cook’s birthday, and in the third episode «Thomas», her suspicion that her mother is having an affair is confirmed when she catches her post-coitus with her father’s boss. In the following episode «Pandora», her father leaves her and her mother, so Effy copes by getting trashed at Pandora’s girls-only pajama party, despite Pandora’s earlier rules that drinking, drugs, and boys would not be tolerated. When Effy returns the next morning, presumably to apologise or comfort Pandora for her actions, she discovers that Pandora and Cook slept together. Though Effy immediately confronts her, Pandora uses the opportunity to stand up for herself and tells Effy she does not put enough effort into their friendship (she has, thus far, demonstrated herself to be somewhat selfish), for which Effy does not argue.
In «Freddie», Effy rebuffs Freddie’s suggestion that they’d «be good together» by claiming that she would merely break his heart. Later, Freddie expresses his feelings to her in greater depth where the two share a passionate kiss, however Effy returns to Cook. In «Naomi», although there is apparent tension between Effy and Freddie, she and Pandora seem to be on better terms with one another. In «JJ», JJ, Freddie and Cook’s mutual friend, who has been encouraged by Emily, angrily confronts Effy for her part in destroying the once-strong friendship he, Freddie and Cook shared. Effy, seeing the impact she had had, is apologetic and, although she cannot guarantee that she will stop, she expresses sentiment that she would like to become his friend after he admits that he loves her too, and is somewhat hurt when he refuses. Naomi later points out that Effy is in love with Freddie, although Effy feebly denies it.
Effy and Pandora entering the forest. («Effy»)
Over the summer, Effy goes with her mother to Italy, breaking up with Freddie due to the guilt she feels from the pain caused Katie and Cook and does not contact anyone. In «Thomas», Effy does not come to the first day of school and the others assume she is still in Italy. It is revealed at the end of the first episode that she is actually back in England, and that she is with Pandora at her house comforting her after Thomas shows up who tried to get back with her after having cheated on her.
Freddie reveals his feeling for Effy. («Freddie»)
In «Emily», Effy returns to college, sits next to Freddie and she reveals that it’s him she was thinking about all summer. She then hugs Cook while Freddie watches. Later at a party, Effy is dancing with Freddie and kisses him. Cook sees this and lashes out at fellow party-goer Shankey and headbutts JJ without realizing who he has hurt. Effy and Freddie see him fighting and leave.
In the following episode «Cook», Effy and Freddie kiss again and are overseen by Cook, who has become expelled and eventually arrested when he admits to selling drugs that lead to a suicide. Effy comes to see Cook in prison and tells him she loves Freddie. Effy admits that love is a «headfuck», but that she is enjoying it nevertheless, which Cook seems to understand.
After Freddie clears the party out, Cook remains. However, when seeing him, Effy begins to freak out, yelling at him to leave and at Freddie to make him. Freddie starts to think that Effy is developing psychosis as well as manic episodes; something his mother also dealt with. He asks his grandfather for advice, and Freddie attempts to help her. While taking Effy to a calm field, she says that the creatures are coming for her and that she used to be stronger (thus able to fight them off) but being with Freddie had made her susceptible and «weak» to them. She sees a group of people walking toward them and freaks out, believing them to be the monsters she spoke to Freddie about. Freddie scares them off. At her insistence, Freddie drives Effy home where he sees her mother talking to a police officer. Not wanting to give up on Effy yet, Freddie turns around and begins to take Effy somewhere else.
On the way, they run into the Judgment Day parade. The amount of people in demonic looking costumes begins to freak Effy out. She blames Freddie and runs away. Freddie tries to follow with the help of Cook, but loses sight of her. Katie, who is dancing on a float, sees a distraught Effy and rescues her, and calls Freddie over to take care of her. Freddie and Katie take her to visit his grandfather.
While Freddie talks to his grandfather, Katie and Effy wait in the hall. Shortly, Katie enters the room, anxious because Effy won’t come out of the bathroom. Freddie, distraught once he realizes Effy’s been left alone, runs the bathroom she went to. Kicking the door open, he sees Effy lying on the floor unconscious with her wrists slashed. She is taken to hospital to be treated. In the hospital, Effy tells Freddie to go away. Later, Freddie talks to Effy’s mum Anthea. She says that Effy needs both of them now. Freddie replies that she is going to have to take care of Effy alone, and runs off. Freddie then goes back to Effy’s home, rips all of her «death» pictures off the wall, and burns them in a bonfire outside. Cook shows up and tells Freddie not to give up on Effy.
Over the course of the episode Effy’s condition deteriorates to the point where she completely forgets who she is transforming into a whole new person and who her friends are. Cook notices this and after a brief chasing scene Effy demands to be taken back to Freddie. As Cook does so he notices a duffel bag; hinting towards Freddie’s near escape, the two talk and Cook leaves implying he is finished with chasing Effy. Effy is once again institutionalised, although refusing to go back under the supervision of John as it is apparent he has been using hypnotic methods to cause Effy to forget everything about her past and life. After a brief scuffle with Freddie, John exits hastily, and Effy states that Freddie deserves better than her. Freddie dismisses her comment and she falls asleep holding Freddie’s hand and telling him she loves him over and over.
The next morning John invites Freddie to his home where Freddie once again demands that John leave Effy alone. When Freddie tries to leave, the door is locked and John, brandishing a baseball bat, reveals that he wants Effy for himself, explaining «she really does love you, you know.» We hear Freddie try to reason with John as he begins to beat him mercilessly. After a few more yells and blood splatting onto the window the counsellor continues beating the now silent Freddie.
In the finale episode of series 4 we see Effy in hospital and recovering well once more. She is concerned over Freddie’s sudden departure and believes that her condition scared him off. After she’s seen in hospital with Pandora and Katie, Cook finds her, now out of hospital, in Freddie’s shed. She shares her concerns and her feeling of rejection with him. He gives her Freddie’s notebook in which Freddie declares his love for her on every page. The episode ends with her being comforted in the knowledge of Freddie’s feelings for her and celebrating his birthday with all the gang in his shed.
In the two-part episode, «Fire», set three years after the ending of Series 4, Effy, now 21, is living in London with Naomi, with whom she now has a close relationship, and working a dead-end job as a receptionist in a high-profile hedge fund. In the years since her last appearance, she has become more mature, principled and assertive. Effy eventually becomes a stock trader with some help of her friend, Dominic, who claims to be in love with her. After achieving success through illicit information provided to her by Dominic, she pursues a relationship with Jake, her wealthy boss, and begins to live the high life. Unfortunately, this is short-lived when the Financial Services Authority receives a tip-off, and evidence, that her success was the result of insider trading, and Jake places the blame squarely with her (although he had actually encouraged her to do it). To make matters worse, her personal life is shattered when Naomi is diagnosed with terminal cancer, and Effy finds herself having to deal with both the possibility of going to prison and the pain of losing Naomi. Eventually, after managing to get Emily back to London to ensure that Naomi’s last days will be spent with her beloved girlfriend at her side, she agrees, after some sympathy from Victoria, Jake’s ex-girlfriend and the FSA agent investigating Effy, to sign a confession that will name Jake and reduce her own prison sentence. Effy’s story ends with Effy being placed into a police car to be taken into custody, her trademark wry smile crossing her face.