The actress played Franky Fitzgerald in the fifth and sixth series of the teen drama, which ended last night but returns next year for a final collection of three films split into six parts.
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Richards told the Evening Standard of the show: "The issues are very powerful and dark, yet real.
"I hope the message it sends out is that no matter what happens, if you stay in control of yourself, and look to the people who are looking out for your best interests, rather than the people trying to manipulate you, you can get through anything."
Comparing her changing role over the two series, Richards said: "I was quite lucky last year, because I didn't really have to do anything too explicit.
"There weren't too many drugs - and no sex. Whereas this year there's a lot more. A lot."
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Watch a clip from Skins series six episode 'Franky' below: