The channel unveiled the third generation cast in August and has now provided further information about the show.
The female characters are led by Mini (Freya Mavor), who is described as strong and controlling but also vulnerable.
Her friend Liv (Laya Lewis) is said to be a "clumsy but beautiful" party animal, while Grace (Jessica Sula) appears "pure" but has a hidden side. Franky (Dakota Blue Richards), a "super-intelligent, strange, androgynous" girl, "crashes" into the group.
Meanwhile, the male characters include "cynical metalhead" Rich (Alexander Arnold) and his best friend Alo (Will Merrick), a farmer and marijuana smoker. Both are said to "fear and adore" the girls.
The cast is completed with "good-looking, popular, arrogant and unhappy" rugby captain Nick (Sean Teale), who is dating Mini, and mysterious ladies' man Matty (Sebastian De Souza).
The new series of Skins begins in January on E4.
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