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Ncuti Gatwa's Sex Education return confirmed after cast exits

Eric Effiong will be back for Sex Education season 4.

Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) in Sex Education season 3
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Published: Thursday, 4th August 2022 at 10:54 am
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Ncuti Gatwa will return to Sex Education season 4. With so many Sex Education cast members leaving the show, the news will come as a relief for fans, especially since Gatwa was confirmed to be the next Doctor, and is set to star in the upcoming Barbie movie.


Despite securing the high profile roles, Variety confirmed Gatwa would be returning to Moordale for Sex Education's final season as fan favourite Eric Effiong.

The announcement follows another exit in the shape of Rakhee Thakrar, who played Moordale High School teacher Emily Sands. Speaking of her exit, the actor said she couldn't "really talk about why" she was leaving the series.

Other cast members who won't be returning are Tanya Reynolds and Patricia Allison, who played couple Lily and Ola, and Simone Ashley, who will continue starring in Bridgerton following her season 2 debut.

Sex Education
Lily (Tanya Reynolds) and Ola (Patricia Allison) in Sex Education. Netflix

It's unclear yet why so many cast members have left the show, but it's likely due to the way things ended in season 3. Moordale High's fate was left hanging in the balance, and it appears the school was in fact sold after losing its funding.

This means the teens will have found a new place to study, and could even be in different schools. Hopefully Eric and best friend Otis (Asa Butterfield) manage to stick together through the switch up.

Sex Education seasons 1-3 are streaming now on Netflix – visit our Drama hub for more news, interviews and features, or find something else to watch with our TV Guide.


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