Sex Education cast: Who stars in Netflix’s new series with Gillian Anderson?

Netflix is almost ready to release its potential next hit series, Sex Education.

The series follows teenager Otis, whose mother is a sex therapist, but who himself has very little experience of sex, despite his vast knowledge of it.

An intelligent bad-girl persuaded him to utilise his expertise for all its worth, and they team up to create their very own sex education clinic.

The thing is, what will mother say?

And what could Otis discover about himself?

To top it all off, Otis and his friends must also navigate the sexual politics and everyday struggles with identity that all teenagers face in their formative years at secondary school.

The series is due for release this month, so here is a guide to who you will see in the cast.

Netflix’s Sex Education cast Gillian Anderson as Jean Thompson

Sex Education cast: Who stars in Netflix's new series with Gillian Anderson?

Jean with son Otis
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The X Files actress portrays the fiercely independent and liberal sex therapist, Jean. Jean is mother to Otis and has always treated him like an adult when bringing him up, however, this may backfire. Jean is also divorced, but co-parents with her ex-husband, Remi.

Anderson is best known as Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files franchise, but has also appeared in television series such as The Fall, Bleak House, Hannibal, and American Gods.

Gillian has also had a successful film career, appearing in films such as The Mighty Celt, The Last King of Scotland, Shadow Dancer, and Viceroy’s House.

Holding an OBE for her services to drama, Anderson has also won awards for her stage roles, including an award-winning turn as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Asa Butterfield as Otis Thompson

Sex Education cast: Who stars in Netflix's new series with Gillian Anderson?

Otis and best friend Eric
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The Hugo star plays the awkward and sexually informed, but also inexperienced Otis, who sets up his own Sex Education classes to gain social capital, but also learns more about himself in the process.

The 21-year-old actor has been a child star and played lead roles in a number of successful films and television series.

Butterfield has stared in series such as After Thomas and Merlin, before taking lead roles in films such as Son of Rambow, The Boy in the Stripe Pyjamas, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Ender’s Game, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and The Space Between Us.

Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Nevin

Sex Education cast: Who stars in Netflix's new series with Gillian Anderson?

Eric speaking with student Maeve
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Eric is Otis’ closest friend and confidante, who, unlike Otis, is completely comfortable with his sexuality, being openly gay.

The proud homosexual student faces issues within his religious family, however.

Gatwa is a newcomer.

Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley

Sex Education cast: Who stars in Netflix's new series with Gillian Anderson?

Otis and Maeve
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The highly intelligent but rebellious bad-girl of Otis’ school, Maeve is the one who transforms Otis’ world by working with him on making a school sex education clinic.

Maeve faces issues, however, as she is brought up by a single drug-addicted mother and resorts to underhanded methods to make money.

Mackey is also a relative newcomer.

Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson Monroe

Sex Education cast: Who stars in Netflix's new series with Gillian Anderson?

Otis speaks with Jackson
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Popular, sexy and a sporting high-achiever, Jackson faces pressure to continue his sporting success and keep a hold of his popularity and impress his same-sex parents.

Jackson has a sexual relationship with Maeve, whilst she shares an emotional bond with Otis.

Williams-Sitrling has also appeared in episodes of Silent Witness, The Boll, Doctors, Roots and Will.

Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs

Sex Education cast: Who stars in Netflix's new series with Gillian Anderson?

Maeve with Aimee
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Aimee is a people-pleasing member of The Untouchables, the most popular girls in school. Unlike many of them, however, Aimee has a heart of gold and wants to make the others happy, along with her secret good friend, Maeve.

She is also in a relationship with embarrassing bad boy Adam.

Wood is also a newcomer.

Connor Swindells as Adam Groff

School bad boy and Eric’s long-term tormentor, Adam is also the son of the Headmaster, meaning he has a lot of unresolved issues with his father.

Adam also brags about being well-endowed.

Swindells has previously had roles in series such as Jamestown and Harlots.

Alistair Petrie as Mr. Groff

Sex Education cast: Who stars in Netflix's new series with Gillian Anderson?

Alistair Petrie in Deep State
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The Rogue One actor portrays the school headmaster who also threatens to send his son, Adam, to military school.

Petruie is best known for his roles in films such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Victor Frankenstein, The Bank Job and A Little Chaos.

Alistair has also appeared in series such as Utopia, The Night Manager, Undercover and Deep Sate.

James Purefoy as Remi

Sex Education cast: Who stars in Netflix's new series with Gillian Anderson?

James Purefoy

 

The Rome star takes on the recurring role of Otis’ father and Jean’s ex-husband, Remi.

Remi was responsible for the end of his marriage to Jean when he cheated on her and Otis walked in on this, an event which has effected his son ever since.

Purefoy is best known as Mark Antony in the BBC/HBO series Rome, a serial killer in series The Following, a major role in Netflix sci-fi drama Altered Carbon, and playing the titular role in the film Solomon Kane.

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Sex Education is released on Netflix on January 11.