Sofia Black D’Elia will play lesbian Tea on MTV’s “Skins”

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All My Children fans will recognize Sofia Black D’Elia as Bailey, but otherwise you’re probably not familiar with her at all. The relatively new actress will soon be gracing our screens as the lesbian teen Tea on the U.S. adaptation of Skins, as the cast was announced yesterday at the TCA panel.

The rest of the cast is as follows: James Newman as Tony, Rachel Thevenard as Michelle, Daniel Flaherty as Stanley, Ron Mustafaa as Abbud, Camille Cresencia-Mills as Daisy, Jesse Carere as Chris, Britne Oldford as Cadie and Eleanor Zich as Eura.

Sofia reportedly left All My Children in early 2010 because she was “a very young actress, and she did not want to make the move to California, according to Sue Johnson, vice president, talent development and East Coast programming at ABC. Well it look as if this role made her change her mind!

So far, from the first 15 minute pilot MTV has released, it is clear up front that Tea is out because she is on the phone telling someone it’s her “big gay night out.” No skirting around that issue. As co-creator Bryan Elsley recently told Heather Hogan:

This new character (Tea) is going to be at the center of everything right from the get go.

He also referred to her as “messy, challenging and hopefully fascinating.”

We’ll have more scoop on the new show and on Tea from Sofia herself so check back soon.

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