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Two major Sex Education characters won’t be returning after season 4

"You dirty pig(s)!"

Say it isn’t so! Two major Sex Education actors are exiting stage left and won’t be returning for the series after its fourth season.

On February 21, Emma Mackey announced that she will be saying goodbye to Maeve, one of the most central characters on the show.

Speaking to Radio Times at the BAFTA Film Awards, when asked about her role continuing after the upcoming season, she said: “Season 5? I’ve just finished the fourth one last week! No, I don’t think I’ll be in season five. I’ve said goodbye to Maeve.”

The announcement doesn’t really come as a surprise to viewers, as at the end of season three, Maeve moved to the US to study. This means, that she will appear in very few scenes, which will likely include a farewell. Sad face!

Emma Mackey as Maeve in Netflix' Sex Education.
Emma Mackey as Maeve in Netflix’ Sex Education. Source: Netflix.

“It’s a blessing because it is a launchpad and it is something that has given us opportunities in different ways, but it’s something that I want to gracefully exit from and be happy that it exists and protect it and enjoy it in the time that it has existed in. But yeah, it needs to be left alone now, I think.”

She continued: “We can all move on and take what we learned from Sex Ed as well because it has been a school, quite literally, for all of us.

“It’s just wonderful to have had that education and to have that baptism of fire and to have just been flung into that whole world. I think it’s made us stronger.”

Ncuti Gatwa is also not reprising his role on Sex Education

Possibly the most iconic character on the Netflix series, Ncuti Gatwa also revealed he won’t be returning to the popular series.

On February 10, it was revealed that he and the beloved, Eric Effiong, would not be heading back to Moordale Secondary School after season four.

“Last day. Last time. Bye bubs, thank you for all the lessons and for all the strength,” he captioned a post on Instagram, sharing a pic of his trailer door.

Thankfully, Gatwa has some awesome projects coming up!

Premiering in July, Gatwa will appear on the silver screen in the Barbie movie with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Following this, he will appear as the 15th Doctor in the 60th anniversary season of BBC’s iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who, becoming the first Black actor to lead the show. Amazing!

Season four of Sex Education is set to premiere on Netflix later this year.

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