The Hot 100 2011 - No. 56: Freya Mavor

Moving on after being Mini McGuinness in Skins

The Hot 100 2011 - 56: Freya Mavor

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All good things, they say, must come to an end. So with the Skins policy of changing casts every two series, Freya Mavor may well be currently filming her final scenes of the popular E4 show. ‘I feel petrified of leaving my baby behind,’ Edinburgh’s Mavor says of Mini McGuinness, who started season five as a ‘status-driven bitchy mean girl’ before her vulnerabilities bubbled to the surface, revealing a warmer, more sympathetic individual.

Though the new series airs in mid-January, the cast had yet to be told how it would all pan out for their characters, but dramatic and intense things are promised, according to Mavor. ‘The word we were given for this year is “forbidden”. This series explores more drastic issues which jostle up the whole group and some people come out of their shells more. It’s quite full-on.’

In a year in which the 18-year-old fulfilled her ambition of becoming a professional actor (it was reported that an astonishing 8000 hopefuls went for the role of Mini), she also entered a very different business, becoming the face of Pringle of Scotland and beating off competition from Gerard Butler and Karen Gillan to be named Fashion Icon 2011 at the Scottish Fashion Awards. ‘I found that more amusing than anything else. If people could see me right now, they’d reconsider and I’d probably have the award taken away from me.’

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