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'Skins' Hannah Murray on comeback: 'I was going to say no'

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Hannah Murray has said that she planned on saying no when she was approached about a return to Skins in the Skins Pure two-parter.

The actress played Cassie in the first two years of the E4 drama and returns this year for one of the three stories for the show's finale alongside guest stars Charlene McKenna (Ripper Street), Daniel Ben Zenou (Strike Back) and Red Madrell (Kidulthood).

Cassie (Hannah Murray) in 'Skins'

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Cassie (Hannah Murray) in 'Skins'



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"I never thought I would come back. I was really clear in my head about that part of my life and playing that character being over," Murray said.

"There had been a few suggestions to bring people back and I didn't think it was her that they'd choose. I had a meeting last year and I had an inkling that Bryan was going to ask me to come back."



She added: "I was thinking this is going to be really awkward I'm going to have to say no! Then as soon as he pitched the idea to me for this story, my immediate gut feeling was that I wanted to do it and that really surprised me.

"The ultimate process of making the decision was quiet simple, because I had such a strong gut reaction to do it. Even though I took a little while in properly deciding, I think I always knew that I did want to come back."

She added of the returning Skins: "It's got a very different and more grown-up feel to it because of where the characters are now.

"It's not trying to capture a group of friends, it's trying to capture three individuals and there's a lot less of the crazy hedonistic fun that we've seen in the past. It's a bit more serious."

Asked about what Cassie has been up to, Murray said: "Cassie has been in America and she's been drifting around. When we see her in London again, she's working in a café.

"I don't think she's really worked out what she wants to do with her life yet. She's also been with a boy in America. I will leave it up to the audience to decide who that could be."

She added: "It's quite nice to leave that ambiguity because it could potentially be anyone.

"I quite like that this story doesn't give you too much information about where she's been, I like that level of mystery and ambiguity."



The new series will consist of three stories - Skins Fire,Skins Pure and Skins Rise.

Skins Fire focuses on Effy (Kaya Scodelario) who uncovers a major financial fraud, while Skins Rise centres around Jack O'Connell's character Cook, who is working as a drug dealer.

Skins Series 7 DVD and the complete Series 1-7 boxset is available to own from August 12.

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