Picking up where the previous episodes left off, Sex Education’s Season 3 welcomed a new head teacher, Hope, played by Girls star Jemima Kirke, to Moordale Secondary School. And her tenure was anything but smooth. Meanwhile, Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve (portrayed by Barbie actor Emma Mackey) found their friendship on the rocks once more. With plenty more action taking place, and many questions left unanswered, it’s no wonder that fans are eager to find out what they can about Season 4.
Unfortunately, three of the show’s leading stars have confirmed they will not be returning to the hit Netflix drama. Patricia Allison, who portrays Ola Nyman, made the announcement about her character during an appearance on Capital Xtra’s breakfast show. “I won’t be joining the team for Season 4,” Allison revealed. “I absolutely have loved my time on Sex Education, and I’m so sorry to have to break that to you guys… I’ve been doing it for three years and I’ve loved it.”
Tanya Reynolds, who portrays alien erotica-enthusiast Lily Iglehart, Ola’s love interest, has also announced that she won’t be joining the Moordale gang for the next season. “I’m not [returning], actually, which is sad, very sad,” the actor told Radio Times. “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 characters go to make way for newer ones, which is absolutely the right thing, the way it should happen.”
And now, Rakhee Thakra, who played everybody’s favourite teacher Emily Sands, has revealed that she won’t be returning for the show’s fourth instalment. “I’m not part of the new series. I can’t really talk about why,” Thakra told Daily Star Sunday. She added: “I’m so proud of the show and grateful to have been part of something so important. There is nothing bad about Sex Education.”
While Allison, Reynolds, and Thakra won’t be appearing in the next instalment of Sex Education, fans will be happy to learn that they have plenty of other things to look forward to when the series eventually returns to our screens. Find out everything you need to know, below.
Sex Education Season 4 Cast
It goes without saying that we would hope that the rest of our faves make it back for Season 4. This would include the aforementioned Asa Butterfield and Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa as Eric, Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee, Connor Swindells as Adam, and Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson.
Season 3 ends with Jean Milburn recovering from a major postpartum haemorrhage, so Season 4 will hopefully include Gillian Anderson in order to continue with that storyline.
Excitingly, if you’ve ever imagined yourself as part of the Sex Education cast, now may well be your chance. Cast and crew have put out an open-casting call on social media for two new roles in the upcoming season. If you are a trans actor, then this one’s for you. They are looking for Abbi, “a young trans woman with a 90s Winona Ryder vibe” and Kent, “a trans-masculine” character who plays Abbi’s boyfriend.
Sex Education Season 4 Release Date
On September 25, Netflix officially announced that Sex Education would be coming back for a fourth season. However, there has been no word yet on when filming will start and what kind of time we can expect to see the next season.
As for whether the show has life beyond Season 4, the cast and crew seem in agreement on that one. Asa Butterfield, who plays Otis, told Digital Spy: “I think it’s a relatively simple story this one. Obviously, we’re in college, so there’s that time constraint. I don’t think this show would ever go for 10 seasons… I don’t think it needs more than four or five [seasons].”
The sentiment was echoed by casting director Lauren Evans who told Metro back in May that the show creator Laurie Nunn “doesn’t want to keep going and put these people through college and university and, you know, into middle age.”
Aimee Lou Wood, who plays Aimee in the show, told Radio Times that while there was a part of her “that could just do it forever,” there was also a part of her that says: “No. We’ve all got to go and do different things and play different parts.”
Wood continued: “We can’t be, like, 50 saying: ‘Freshers week!’ So it’s a weird one. It’s a bittersweet thing because it probably is, even if it’s not this series, closer now to ending than it is to the start.”
This post will be updated with additional plot and cast details as more information on Sex Education Season 4 becomes available.
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