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Mum raised me all alone and suffered depression.. she gave up her life for me; BRAZILIANT LIFE new pirate queen tells of debt to mother Rising star Kaya Scodelario is the latest of the former stars of cult Channel 4 series Skins to hit the big time in Hollywood.

Byline: MATT ROPER

KAYA SCODELARIO is the new star of Pirates of the Caribbean, on a big-screen quest to make her long-lost father proud.

But it is the life of her beloved mum that the actress is determined to change.

The Skins star is about to be catapulted into the Hollywood A-list, by starring alongside Johnny Depp in the latest instalment in the hit swashbuckling franchise.

But at the forefront of Kaya's mind as she steps out on red carpets at premieres is a promise she made to give her mum Katia "her life back".

Katia moved from Brazil to the UK to start a new life, only for Kaya's father to leave when she was one.

She raised Kaya alone in a London council flat, working all the hours she could while also battling depression.

It is a sacrifice Kaya, 25, is determined to repay.

The actress, now a mother herself, says: "Mum built a life for me in a difficult place at a difficult time.

"When I was growing up, we didn't have much money. What was important was to have food on the table, be happy and have our family."

Now, her dream is to buy a beachside house in Brazil's coastal city of Natal, where she has spent holidays with her mum.

Kaya said: "I want to give a life back to her as she gave her whole life up for me.

"She had to play the role of mother and father at the same time and did it to perfection. My mother is my biggest inspiration."

With Kaya reportedly earning PS1.5million for her leading lady role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge, and her salary expected to triple for future movies, the actress will have her pick of Brazilian beach houses.

It is a world away from her early life in Holloway, north London, and from how Katia grew up.

The daughter of a council employee, Katia left her large family in Itu, Brazil, at the age of 27 and came to Britain.

She met Kaya's English dad, Roger Humphrey. But a year after they had Kaya, he walked out and Katia moved from their home in Haywards Heath, west Sussex, to London. Roger did not make contact again until a year before his death in November 2010.

To make ends meet, Katia had various jobs - making Brazilian food for restaurants, working as an office cleaner and as an accountant for a hospital.

Kaya said: "We lived in a council flat and my mum was very strict. I used to hate it but she didn't want me to get pregnant like the people around me."

The strain took its toll on Katia. Kaya said: "She raised me alone and suffered depression most of her life. It put a lot of pressure on our relationship. I wanted to help but I was 16 and probably not saying the right thing."

Katia, 54, has now recovered and has studied teaching art therapy.

As a youngster, Kaya was bullied at Bishop Douglas Roman Catholic School in north London for being thin and "posh". She said: "I was really skinny and flat-chested with frizzy hair. I don't consider myself posh but my mum brought me up to speak properly and they picked up on that."

Kaya's big break came at 14, when she landed the role of Effy in Channel 4 show Skins.

She made her film debut in 2009's Moon - directed by David Bowie's son Duncan Jones - and won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Catherine Earnshaw in the 2011 adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. She also starred as Billie Piper's lover in TV's True Love in 2012.

But, as her career took off, Kaya was having less luck in her love life. Her romance with fellow Skins actor Jack O'Connell, 26, ended in 2009, with Kaya saying that he broke her heart.

Her next relationship, with Shameless actor Elliott Tittensor, came to end after Elliott was convicted of driving without insurance after an accident.

In 2014, while filming The King's Daughter - which will be released this year and co-stars Pierce Brosnan - Kaya met US actor Benjamin Walker, 34.

He had split from wife Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep's daughter, and the pair fell for each other. They tied the knot in New York the year after they met and Kaya gave birth to their son in November.

With her personal life on track, Kaya is turning to her professional goals. She said: "I've got a dream about doing a drama about mum's background in Brazil and the struggles she faced to make the life for us.

"It would be set in Brazil and I'd play the young her. Mum is fine with that but she wants script approval."

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INSPIRATION Kaya with mum Katia, and, above, with hubby Benjamin Hollywood star Alongside Johnny Depp

FIRST ROLE Skins with Jack O'Connell

TV PART.. In True Love with Billie Piper, top, and their characters kiss, above

ON SET .With Pirates star Brenton Thwaites and at movie premiere, left

GLAMOUR Kaya Scodelario at Los Angeles premiere of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Picture: Jon Kopaloff/ FilmMagic
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