Golden Compass actress Dakota Blue Richards among line-up

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The new cast of Skins has finally been announced.

E4 bosses have selected 8 young actors following open auditions of over 7,000 people.

Among the line-up is Dakota Blue Richards, 16, who played the lead in 2007 movie The Golden Compass

‘More people than ever turned up this year for the open auditions in London and Bristol and the standard of young talent was as high as ever,’ says Skins executive producer John Griffin.

‘It was a huge process but incredibly rewarding and we hope that the auditionees had as much fun as we did.

‘We are really excited about the talent that has come through and we now have a brilliant cast of actors helping to create the exciting new characters for Skins series five.’

Skins changes its cast every 2 years because the characters go off to university.

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