One of the show’s main stars is leaving Sex Education on Netflix.
Emma Mackey announced the news in a soft way in the press room at the 2023 BAFTA Awards on Sunday night. She said that she thinks her time on the show is over.
“Will I come back for the fifth or sixth season? Love, I just finished the fourth one last week, bloody hell!” Maeve Wiley, a teen outsider on the show who has become a peer sex advisor, is played by a 27-year-old actress. “No, I don’t believe that. I think, yeah, I’ve told Maeve goodbye. It is a happy farewell.”
People asked Netflix and Mackey, who won the BAFTAs’ EE Rising Star Award this weekend, to confirm, but they didn’t answer right away.
Before season 4 started filming late last year, Mackey told the Radio Times that she wasn’t in the show “as often” as in previous years.
She said, “It feels like home.” “It also happens less often because there are more characters. So then… I don’t do it as often as I used to.”
Mackey’s departure comes after co-stars Patricia Allison (Ola), Tanya Reynolds (Lily), Rakhee Thakrar (Ms. Sands), and Simone Ashley made similar announcements (who played Olivia but is committed to Bridgerton for the foreseeable future after headlining season 2 alongside Jonathan Bailey). Last year, all four women said that they would not be back for season 4.
Reynolds, who is 31 years old, told the Radio Times in July, “It’s just the natural progression of these shows. When you have such big ensemble casts and so many characters, I think you have to let a few older ones go to make room for newer ones, which is exactly what should happen.”
Mackey’s co-star Ncuti Gatwa did sign on for season 4, but he isn’t expected to come back for season 5 either, since he was chosen to be the new leader of Doctor Who, taking over for Jodie Whittaker, the most recent Doctor.
Gatwa, who is 30 years old, recently said goodbye to Sex Education in an Instagram post from his last day on set.
“Last day. Last time, “He wrote on February 8, the day after he finished filming his role as Eric. “Bye, bubs. Thanks for all the lessons you taught me and all the strength you gave me.”
Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson, who play the show’s first family, are expected to keep the story going.
Dan Levy, who made and stars in Schitt’s Creek, will join them in season 4, which doesn’t have a release date yet.