Sidney "Sid" Jenkins is a fictional character in the television series Skins and was portrayed by Mike Bailey.
Sid is initially portrayed as an unlucky virgin who has a crush on his best friend Tony Stonem's girlfriend, Michelle, although he later realises that his true feelings are for Cassie Ainsworth. Often manipulated by Tony, he is also unlucky: losing a large amount of weed, getting beaten up by Jal Fazer's brothers, getting urinated on by a dog and a homeless person. He is also at first oblivious to the machinations of his best friend who, aware of Sid's undying adoration of Michelle, exploits it for his amusement. Despite this, he seems, at least in earlier episodes, to idolise Tony, replying to the question 'Is that all you do Sid, hang around with Tony?' with 'pretty much.'
Sid is a "nice guy" who provides a contrast to Tony's self-serving egotism. He is loyal to his friends, even though Tony and Anwar frequently abuse his loyalty and add to his problems. Sid's kindness quickly wins him Cassie's affections, but Sid is oblivious and hurts her feelings on numerous occasions. Sid underachieves in school but when faced with failing his coursework, he can write an entire history dissertation in one night.
For the most part, Sid is portrayed as having a low self-esteem thus is unable to speak up against anyone. But on the occasions when it is most needed, he shows a remarkable strength of character, especially in the episode "Sid". When Sid's father fails to prevent his mother leaving, Sid explodes with anger, and although his mother never moves back in permanently, this demonstration of strength improves Sid's relationship with his father in the long run. Also, Sid goes on a 'mission of love' to profess his love to Cassie in the final episode of the first series, and later in the second series where he searches for her in New York.
During the Season 2 Finale it is shown that, although Sid did not apply for University, he received a B and 2 Cs on his A-level finals- grades that were actually better than those of Maxxie and Anwar.
His characterisation is complemented by his choice of clothes (which tend to be even shabbier than Chris's, despite Chris having a much lower standard of living), including a black beanie that Tony dislikes.
Mike Bailey, the actor who portrays Sid, admits the character and the success of Skins have had a big effect on his life, particularly the nature of Sid, who is widely considered to be the audience's favourite character. In an interview with Sky, Mike says:
"It's definitely made my life a bit different... you know, walking down the street is kind of a different thing nowadays. But it's nice to have people come up to you and say "I really like the show" and everything."
In "Tony" he is promised by Tony that he will lose his virginity before he turns seventeen, a condition that he must supposedly fulfil to keep Tony's friendship and his own dignity. Although Sid is initially put under the notion that he will have sex with his crush Michelle, it is revealed that Tony got Cassie to do it instead. Sid also loses the cannabis for Abigail Stock's party (although he was bullied into buying three ounces instead of one), putting drug dealer Madison 'Mad' Twatter out to find him. He pines for Michelle, barely aware of Cassie's presence but quickly forming a friendship with her.
In "Cassie", Cassie comes to think Sid loves her and is sending her messages saying to eat, but later realises it's all in her head- although he has expressed some concern over her condition. While her feelings for him are soon obvious, Sid is oblivious, but he does appreciate her friendship, as she does not constantly mock him the way Tony does. Mad becomes a substitute teacher at Sid's school; Cassie had warned Sid that Mad had his ID card, but Sid still panicked. He, Tony and Chris accidentally walk in on Angie in the showers; after the incident is resolved, Angie tries to help Sid out of his debt to Madison, but she cannot think of anything.
In "Jal", Mad corners Sid and Jal and, about to beat up Sid, smashes Jal's clarinet as a warning- also taking Sids' phone and wallet to square their debt. Jal's brothers, thinking he is the problem, beat up Sid before chasing after Mad and his associate. Cassie again attempts to get closer to him, but he pays her little mind with the threat of Mad- amongst other problems- on his mind. Sid presumably gets his personal items back when Ronnie Fazer, Jal's celebrity father, kidnaps Mad as retribution for threatening his daughter.
In "Chris", Cassie asks him on a date, only for him to be grounded and cancel in "Sid". Cassie becomes offended by this, but Sid actually was failing his history course (much to the chagrin of his domineering Scottish father, Mark) and was once again a pawn in one of Tony's schemes. Once again, he wonders aloud on multiple occasions what he is to do about his feelings for Michelle- on one occasion to Cassie herself, who tells him there are other girls. Nonetheless, whenever he encounters Michelle, he is nothing more than clumsily but sincerely polite to her- which, as she points out to Tony, is something that he cannot pull off.
Sid is failing his coursework and his father Mark grounds him until he finishes his history dissertation; however, Sid sneaks out at the first chance. He is offered by Tony a chance to have Michelle, he takes it but it merely results in the two of them wandering the streets. After being beaten up by chav girls, he finds Cassie waiting at his house, upset he had stood her up but wanting to hang out all the same. She tries to be positive but is hurt and jealous that Michelle has his love without earning it, as she worked hard to 'make herself look pretty' for their date. After Tony makes Sid believe he can have Michelle, he takes her back before his eyes, affirming his power over them both. Cassie, distraught by Sid's apparent choosing of Michelle (which she overheard) takes an overdose of pills combined with vodka and ends up in the hospital, accompanied by Jal Fazer, who places the blame squarely with Sid. When Sid arrives home, he discovers that his mother has moved out; enraged, he browbeats his father into trying to win her back.
In "Maxxie and Anwar", he helps Anwar liberate a Russian girl from what they believe to be her abusive father, although he turns out to be her husband. During this episode, Sid is once again manipulated by his friends and resolves not to let it happen again. He is persuaded to smuggle drugs into Russia via his rectum, but cannot retrieve them because he is constipated; and in the above situation, it is he who is chased by the vengeful Russian husband and hit by a shotgun butt, while Anwar loses his virginity with the Russian woman. He also sees a picture of Cassie drawn by Maxxie Oliver, remarking on how beautiful he has made her look; Maxxie responds that she is beautiful.
"Michelle" is the episode where Sid realises he really wants Cassie. After a rebounding Michelle attempts to have sex with him, he realises that his love for her is now at a level where she can only be his friend. They then both go to find Cassie at her rehab clinic, to tell her. After Sid confesses he likes her, she reveals her new boyfriend, also at the clinic. Sid also shows a growing independence from Tony in this episode; when he sees Tony and advises him to leave Michelle alone and stop creating chaos for his own amusement, Tony mocks him and continues exactly that. Sid suddenly punches him in the jaw and leaves, an act so uncharacteristic of him that it shocks Tony into leaving Michelle alone.
In "Effy", Sid is dragged by Tony to help him find his missing sister, Effy Stonem. Eventually, Sid and Tony come to blows, deriding each other's perceived character flaws: Tony sees Sid as wishing to emulate him, whereas Sid sees Tony as something he would never want to become. When Tony becomes distracted by a hallucination, Sid abandons him in disgust. Later, Sid meets with Cassie- whom he had spotted following them earlier- and the two finally kiss. Their reunion is cut short by a call from Michelle, which prompts him to try and find Tony and Effy who may be in danger. Although Sid asks Cassie to kiss him again and is clearly not going after Michelle, Cassie is still upset that he still prioritises his old circle of friends over her. After he takes Tony and Effy to the hospital, he is the one to defend Tony, who he refers to as his best friend, against his parents' accusations. Tony for the first time opens up his vulnerable side, admitting how grateful he is for Sid's support.
Sid spends the beginning of the first series finale wondering about Cassie and attempts to write a letter explaining how much he loves her. Sid hurriedly dresses in mismatching clothes and rushes to Cassie's rehab clinic, just after she leaves in a taxi. In the clinic, the nurse locks Sid in a padded room, deducing that Sid needs their help; his explanations do little to help his case. Tony comes to his aid and Sid is released from the clinic and the two then look for Cassie at Anwar's birthday party, where Sid is headbutted by a brawling Australian thug. At the end of the episode, it's revealed after Sid left Anwar's party, despite getting her goodbye letter, he went looking for Cassie, who is sitting on Brandon Hill overlooking Bristol- the same place where she tried to commit suicide earlier. He sits beside her, where they then hold hands.
The Lost Weeks
In the "Lost Weeks", web episodes, it is revealed that Sid was the one who attended to Tony in hospital following the accident, reading entire novels out loud to a comatose Tony and even recording messages to help "wake" him up.
In the second series, Sid's relationship with Cassie deteriorates and he begins to distance himself from Tony, who has awakened from his coma and is slowly recovering from the brain damage inflicted by his accident. In "Tony and Maxxie", Sid refuses to visit Tony, who becomes frustrated by the lack of contact from his former best friend.
Sid also struggles with not being able to see Cassie while she is in Scottland. Sid reveals that he lost his virginity to Cassie before she moved to Scotland, but there is a lack of contact and his resentment builds.
In "Sid", he misinterprets Cassie's closeness with her gay Scottish friend and angrily accuses her of cheating on him, later destroying the laptop he used to communicate with her. In the same episode, a family visit proves too much for Sid's dad to take and he dies, seemingly from a heart attack. His body discovered by Sid the next morning. In shock, Sid goes to school as usual but finally breaks down in front of Tony while at a concert. The two end up going back to Sid's house together to deal with the situation, which seems to patch up their damaged friendship. At the end of the episode, Sid is seen on a train, presumably headed to Scotland to see Cassie. At the same time, Cassie is seen taking a train in the opposite direction, presumably to visit Sid in Bristol.
Despite earlier their conflict,Sid and his father united against their hostile Scottish relatives. When Sid tells his father that Cassie is with 'some guy' (a parallel to his parents' relationship, although Cassie was not actually cheating on him) Mark responds "They're always with 'some guy'- but soon, if they're special, just make sure that 'some guy' is you." Sid takes this advice to heart and draws on it in later episodes.
In "Michelle", a grieving Sid ends up having sex with his longstanding crush Michelle - who has also given up on Tony - while on a camping trip. Sid and Michelle are soon caught kissing in Sid's bedroom by Cassie, who had returned from Scotland to see Sid.
In "Chris", Cassie angrily confronts Sid and Michelle in front of their friends after running into the couple at a club. This also exposes Sid and Michelle's new relationship to Tony, who seems hurt by it. Sid attempts to explain things, but Cassie slaps him, telling him that he can't do whatever he wants even though his father is dead.
In "Tony", Sid goes with Michelle to try and make amends with Tony, but it proves difficult as Tony is hiding under his bed. After coming back from the university interview, Tony finds Sid and Michelle having sex in the toilets of a club, where he tells them he loves them both, and even kisses Sid, saying he loves him even though he's a "useless fucker". He also tells Sid that he neither loves or belongs with Michelle, he belongs with Cassie.
In "Effy", Sid ponders how he and Tony are going to repair their relationships with their respective ex-girlfriends, as Tony will not fully resume his friendship until Sid does so. Sid has to do Effy's art coursework in exchange for her "sorting out [his] fucking soap opera". When he finishes, after describing his emotion as "hopeless" in her CW, sees pictures of Cassie kissing another boy- which Effy arranged. At the end of the episode, Sid finally confronts her. After exchanges where he vents both his anger and his reasons for why he got together with Michelle, Sid and Cassie forgive one another and reunite, much to the amusement of Chris.
In "Jal" and "Cassie" Sid's relationship with Cassie finally seems stable, although in the latter Cassie's hostility towards Michelle causes a brief argument between them over their futures. Cassie believes that no one in their group will be able to sustain lasting friendships. Sid ends and the two have sex, but the romance is jeopardised once again when Cassie, traumatised from witnessing Chris's death, flees to New York.
In the Series 2 finale, Sid is told by Chris's dad that the gang can not attend the funeral so he and Tony steal Chris's coffin. They return it when Jal and Michelle demand that they do so. Sid and Tony have now made peace, and Tony has given him a ticket to New York to find Cassie, despite having earlier told him to 'forget her' after she fled Bristol. Tony hugs him and tells him to lose the hat as it "makes you look retarded" and that he always "loved him [Sid] best". He arrives in New York with a photograph of Cassie and eventually walks past the restaurant where she is working. It is unknown whether he sees her.
In the first episode of series 3, JJ, Freddie and Cook opened Sid's locker, containing his beanie and the "Asian Fanny Fun" magazine as well as his name written in vivid inside the locker, all of which are then set on fire by Cook as part of a dare concocted by Effy.
In "Pure: Part 1", Cassie mentions that she lived and travelled through the USA with her ex-boyfriend (implying that Sid and Cassie were able to reunite). Sadly, Cassie puts an end to the relationship.
Sid was one of the original characters out of Jamie Brittain's original concept for the show. Michelle (named Annie in his novel), Sid and Tony were the characters in Brittain's novel he wrote as a teenager but never finished. Jamie Brittain has said that while his original storyline wasn't strong enough, he believed the characters were strong enough to carry in a television series.
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