Sex Education: How the stars have changed since the Netflix show started

The cast of the wildly popular series has come a long way.

With the fourth and final season of Sex Education now on Netflix, it's the perfect time to reflect on how far the cast has come since the popular series premiered in 2019.

Join us as we explore the transformations of the students of Moordale Secondary School.

Asa Butterfield

Sex Education actor Asa Butterfield
Asa Butterfield found mainstream fame in Sex Education but started his acting career at a young age. Photos: Getty

Asa Butterfield found fame at an early age, notably starring as Bruno in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at the age of 10 and appearing in family films including Nanny McPhee, Hugo and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children in subsequent years.

Following his success as Otis Milburn in Sex Education, he ventured into the Netflix horror drama film Choose or Die and even made strides in the fashion world, walking the runway for Prada last January.

Emma Mackey

Sex Education actor Emma Mackey
Netflix's Sex Education was Emma Mackey's first professional acting gig. Photo: Getty (Getty)

British-French actress Emma Mackey earned a British Academy Television Award nomination and the prestigious BAFTA Rising Star Award for her performance as Maeve Wiley in the comedy-drama series.

Following her success on the show, Emma ventured into film, with parts in the mystery Death on the Nile and as writer Emily Brontë in the drama Emily in 2022, then in Barbie opposite Margot Robbie this year.

Ncuti Gatwa

Sex Education actor Ncuti Gatwa
Ncuti Gatwa is making history by becoming the first black Doctor Who. Photo: Getty (Getty)

Ncuti Gatwa's portrayal of gay teenager Eric Effiong in Sex Education has earned him a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in Television, and three BAFTA Television Award nominations for Best Male Comedy Performance.

In 2022, Ncuti made history by being cast as the 15th incarnation of the iconic title role in Doctor Who, making him the first black actor to lead the series, the fourth Scottish actor to do so, and the first actor born outside the United Kingdom to take on the part.

Tanya Reynolds

Sex Education actor Tanya Reynolds
Tanya Reynolds looks a little different without her Sex Education hairstyle. Photo: Getty (Getty)

Before starring as Lily Iglehart in Sex Education, Tanya Reynolds' journey in the entertainment industry began with short films and her debut TV role in Delicious in 2016. Over the years she took on diverse roles in shows like Outlander and Rellik and also graced the screen in the BBC crime drama Death in Paradise.

Continuing her rise in the entertainment industry, Tanya played Mrs Elton in the 2020 film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. In 2021, she portrayed Queen Victoria in the NBC Universal series Dodger, and in 2022, she joined the cast of the series The Baby.

Connor Swindells

Sex Education actor Connor Swindells
Connor Swindells has been a very busy actor since first appearing in Sex Education. Photo: Getty (Getty)

Connor Swindells stars in Sex Education as Adam Groff, the headmaster's son. He later appeared in the films Emma (2020) and Barbarians (2021), as well as in the BBC One crime drama Vigil (2021).

More recently, Connor reunited with his Sex Education co-stars Ncuti Gatwa and Emma Mackey in Greta Gerwig's Barbie, and he has an upcoming role in the Netflix film Scoop.

Mimi Keene

Sex Education actor Mimi Keene
Mimi Keene's career began as a child actress on stage. Photo: Getty (Getty)

It was Mimi Keene's standout performance as Cindy Williams in the popular soap EastEnders, a role she held from 2013 to 2015, that catapulted her into the spotlight.

In 2019, Mimi continued to make waves with a string of diverse and impressive projects. She took on the role of the younger version of Edith Tolkien in the biographical drama Tolkien, immersing herself in the world of The Lord of the Rings author's early life.

Since playing Ruby Matthews in Sex Education, Mimi has also ventured into film, making an appearance in Close and the eagerly anticipated After Everything.

Kedar Williams-Stirling

Sex Education actor Kedar Williams-Stirling
Kedar Williams-Stirling is venturing into film writing and directing. Photo: Getty (Getty)

Prior to scoring the role of Jackson Marchetti on Sex Education, Kedar Williams-Stirling starred in British films Shank and Montana and appeared as a series regular on the CBBC teen fantasy Wolfblood from 2012 to 2014.

Kedar is broadening his horizons within the entertainment industry, holding one credit for writing on Lockdown Love Vol. I and another as an assistant director for Sex Education.

Aimee Lou Wood

Sex Education actor Aimee Lou Wood
Aimee Lou Wood has twice been nominated for a BAFTA for her role in Sex Education, winning in 2022. Photo: Getty (Getty)

Aimee Lou Wood made her screen debut in Sex Education, portraying Amy Gibbs, a role which won her a British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance.

Beyond her TV success, Aimee ventured into theatre with a starring role in the play Uncle Vanya in 2020, as well as playing Jess in short film Hen, directed by James Larkin.

In 2021, Aimee joined the jury of the British Short Film Awards and made her feature film debut as Claire Wain in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. She further showcased her talent in the lead role opposite Bill Nighy in the drama Living, a modern English adaptation of the 1952 Japanese film Ikiru.

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