The Cast Of Sex Education On Netflix

The Cast Of Sex Education On Netflix

Sex Education hit our screens on January 11th 2019 and has since gone to be one of the biggest shows on the streaming platform.

This hybrid of British and American culture is a fresh and hilarious take on the horrors of being a teenager, particularly the sexually awkward side of things.

Created by Laurie Nunn, the show has gained a significant following for its unique blend of humour, heartfelt storytelling, and exploration of teenage sexuality.


With three seasons already out and a fourth (and final) on the way on September 21st 2023, let's take a look at the actors who have made this show so good.

Gillian Anderson


Anderson plays Jean, a sex therapist and mother to son Otis. As the series progresses we learn that she is also divorced and not afraid to speak her mind.

But behind the confidence is the anxiety that all parents face as their children grow-up. Toeing the line between cool liberated mum and over-protective parent is proving a struggle for her.

Most of us know Gillian Anderson from her days as Dana Scully in The X Files. The American actress is one of the most acclaimed, particularly for her roll in The Fall opposite Jamie Dornan.

Often mistaken for being British, because of her accent from living in the UK as a child, she was awarded the honorary OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.

She has three children and will star in the upcoming The Abandons which is currently being filmed for Netflix.

Asa Butterfield


Butterfield plays Otis in Sex Education. A 17 year old with plenty of growing pains, one of which is his mother. Mortified by her incredibly liberal attitude towards sex, even when embarrassing him in front of his friends, he is still a loving and decent son.

Taking tips from his mother, he embarks on a sex clinic of his own at school. Offering advice to teens, which is frequently very helpful, it's a handy way to make money and get closer to his crush, Maeve Reilly.

For those of you who have been suckered in by his big blue eyes, you'll be pleased to know that this isn't Butterfield's first time on the acting merry-go-round.

Now 26 years old (birthday April 1, 1997), Asa has been acting since he as 8 and recently starred in Your Christmas of Mine for Amazon Prime.

He will also star in the upcoming horror/thriller All Fun and Games which will be released later in 2023.

You can follow him on Twitter at @asabfb and on Instagram at ‘asabopp'.

Ncuti Gatwa


Gatwa plays Eric, Otis's best friend. Amazingly, considering how good he is in Sex Education, this was only Ncuti's third acting role.

And one of them was basically a walk on as ‘customer' in Bob Servant back in 2014. Speaking about his character Eric, Ncuti said “We have a few similarities.

“We both come from African backgrounds and grew up in the U.K. My dad’s always worked in churches, so I have a religious background.

“I also grew up in Scotland, which wasn’t the most multicultural of places so I had a semi-tough time at school. We’re also both very loud! People often say they can hear me before they see me.”

Like Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa also plays a character far younger than his real age because he is actually 30 years old!

And if you can't get enough of him, check out The Last Letter from Your Lover or the upcoming series, Doctor Who.

Emma Mackey


Maeve Reilly is one of the great characters in Sex Education. The coolest girl in the school, she is also a social pariah. Thankfully she doesn't give a crap!

This was Mackey's third film/tv role as she also starred in Summit Fever (2018). The 27 year old is a a French-British actress and model. She received her degree from L’académie de Nantes in 2013 before heading to the University of Leeds to study theatre.

Following a stint as a live-in Nanny, Mackey got herself and agent, went on auditions and got her role.

And she is endlessly compared to Margot Robbie. She told Vulture magazine: “Margot Robbie is insanely beautiful. I’ll take it. There are worse people to be compared to.”

Connor Swindells


Swindells plays Adam Groff and at the beginning of the series, is depicted as the head boy and popular jock at Moordale Secondary School.

The son of the strict and demanding headmaster, Mr. Groff, Adam initially presents himself as confident and arrogant. However, beneath his tough exterior, he struggles with his own personal issues and insecurities.

In real life Swindells is the youngest of four boys and began acting when he saw an audition poster for a local play and his friend dared him to audition. The rest as they say is history.

If you miss him in Sex Education, you can always catch him in the BBC One historical drama SAS: Rogue Heroes.

Aimee Lou Wood


Playing the role of Aimee Gibbs, which won her a British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance, Aimee Lou Wood hails from Manchester, England.

She studied acting at studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and got her first big break in the drama Uncle Vanya (2020).

Always a pleasure to watch, you can also see Aimee Lou Wood in Living opposite Bill Nighy, which is available on Netflix.

Mimi Keene


Mimi Keene is an English actress known for her role as Ruby Matthews. Born on August 5, 1998, in England, Keene began her acting career at a young age and has gained recognition for her performances in various television shows.

In Sex Education, Keene plays Ruby, a popular and seemingly confident student. Initially introduced as a member of the “Untouchables,” she is depicted as self-assured and assertive, often using her influence to maintain her status and manipulate others.

Mimi Keene's performance as Ruby has been widely praised for its authenticity and emotional range. She skillfully portrays the complexities of a character who evolves from a seemingly one-dimensional popular girl to someone who grapples with personal challenges and confronts her own vulnerabilities.

Outside of Sex Education, Mimi has also appeared in other notable television shows. She is known for her role as Cindy Williams in the long-running British soap opera EastEnders.

Sex Education Season 4

A fourth and final season of Sex Education has been a long time coming. In fact, it'll be almost two years from announcement to actually hitting our screens.

There's a lot in store as the show wraps up and we say goodbye to our favourite Moordale High characters. But as they move on to bigger and better things, so will we.

In the mean time, if you need a filler while you wait, check out our list of shows like Sex Education to keep you entertained!

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