Which cast members are returning for Sex Education season four?

Sad news Sex-Ed fans

Sex Education Season 3. Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong in Episode 2 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020
(Image credit: Sam Taylor/NETFLIX )

Sex Education season three left us more than a little heartbroken and it looks like we’re in store for some more bad news. The series finished with Maeve (Emma MacKey) leaving for her literature program in America and while it’s still unconfirmed whether she’ll make a return—she’s not the only cast member with a question mark by her name. So who exactly IS returning for Sex Education season four?

For those who don’t know, Sex Education is a high school comedy-drama where Otis Milburn and bad-girl Maeve Riley join forces to educate the students of Moordale about sex—oh and did we mention Otis’ mum is a sex therapist? As one can imagine things get very interesting with Otis and Maeve swiftly becoming the modern-day Ross and Rachel.

The third instalment ended with them finally admitting their feelings, only for Maeve to depart (potentially for good.) As mentioned, she might not be the only cast-member absent from the confirmed fourth season *cry*!

Sex Education season four cast: Which cast members are returning?

Sadly we already know that Simone Ashley, who plays Olivia Hanan in the show, will not be returning for season four after she landed the iconic role of Kate Sharma in Bridgerton season two.

She confirmed the news on ITV's This Morning, saying she's a ‘Bridgerton girl now’ and will not be reprising her role on Sex Ed. She will however be returning for Bridgerton season three—so that’s some good news!

Mimi Keene, Simone Ashely and Chaneil Kular in Sex Education Season 3

(Image credit: Sam Taylor/Netflix)

Prepare yourselves fans—Ncuti Gatwa AKA Eric Effiong and Otis’ BFF could also be set to leave the show. While there’s been no official announcement yet about Sex Ed, Gatwa has just been named as the next Doctor Who! The BBC show tweeted (opens in new tab) the news saying: "The future is here and it’s Ncuti!"

Playing this iconic time lord may sadly mean that Gatwa exits the show or leaves after the fourth season—but as we said, don’t despair yet and this has not been confirmed!

Sex Education Season 3. Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn, Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong in Episode 7 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020

(Image credit: Sam Taylor/NETFLIX)

Emma Mackey’s reprisal is also unclear, as she has just landed a role alongside Margot Robbie in the new Barbie movie. This will no doubt be a big commitment filming-wise, but like Gatwa, Mackey has not announced yet that she’s leaving the show—so fingers crossed Maeve returns! 

This could potentially mean however that she doesn’t return in season four but may do in later seasons.

As far as the rest of the cast goes, according to Digital Spy (opens in new tab), the following stars are likely to return: 

  • Asa Butterfield (Otis Milburn)
  • Gillian Anderson (Dr Jean Milburn)
  • Ncuti Gatwa (Eric Effiong)
  • Adam (Connor Swindells)
  • Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) and Cal (Dua Saleh)
  • Ola (Patricia Allison) and Lily (Tanya Reynolds)
  • Viv (Chinenye Ezeudu)
  • Isaac (George Robinson)
  • Ruby (Mimi Keene) and Anwar (Chaneil Kular)
  • Rahim (Sami Outalbali)
  • Miss Sands (Rakhee Thakrar)
  • Mr Hendricks (Jim Howick)
  • Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt)
  • Mr Groff (Alistair Petrie)
  • Maureen (Samantha Spiro)

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