Meet The Characters: Netflix’s Sex Education

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The Following is a list of cast and characters from the Netflix program Sex Education and their status at the end of the season(s).


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Characters description and pictures used are changed as notable information is presented and better screenshots are taken. Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member. Only those who have presented themselves as an important part of the show are noted. With the exception of some guest stars.

How characters end each season are presented on the second page after the season has concluded.


Asa Butterfield Plays Otis

Otis (Asa Buttefield) as he tries to masturbate.
Otis (Asa Buttefield)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Otis

16 year old Otis is a shy guy. At one time, the perfect life for him would have been being the kid in the corner who got to exist but wasn’t forced to be part of whatever was going on. Not to imply he is against socializing. His best friend, Eric, seems to take up a bit of his time and he doesn’t push him away or seem annoyed by him. Also, they have the kind of relationship which allows Otis to feel comfortable with the idea of Eric being around his mom Jean.

Now, it isn’t clear where or who Otis’ dad is but he clearly is close to his mom. Not so close that he’d talk about his sex life with her, and listen to her professional or personal advice. However, it is clear that he does love her, listens, and uses what he has learned for the premise of the show – being a teen sex therapist. Something which begins awkwardly but Otis gets better with time.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

As of Episode 5

  • Otis is a virgin
  • He has been friends with Eric since he was 9

Ncuti Gatwa Plays Eric

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Eric

Otis’ Black and gay friend is as colorful as they come. To most of the world, though maybe not his parents, he is out. Also, like Otis, he isn’t that experienced – sexually. He’s given some handjobs, watched a lot of porn, but hasn’t had a relationship yet. Something that may not change soon for, outside the posh Anwar, there aren’t any out and attractive gay kids for Eric to be with. But, ever the optimist, with Otis’ rising status, there is hope maybe between him or on his own, Eric may find someone.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Eric has the nickname Tromboner due to getting an erection while performing.
  • His instrument of choice is the French Horn – which he isn’t very good at.
  • Eric has 5 sisters

As of Episode 5

  • His father has an uneasy relationship with Eric’s sexuality and seemingly his sisters don’t know he is gay. Eric’s mother doesn’t either.

 


Connor Swindells Plays Adam

Adam (Connor Swindells) standing by a locker.
Adam (Connor Swindells)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Adam

Son of the headmaster, Adam is his father’s 2nd child, he has an older sister, and is a bit of a misfit in his family. He isn’t as smart as the rest, not as disciplined, but his claim to fame is having a thick and above average penis. That and he is a bit of a bully and formerly dated Aimee until he embarrassed her by association.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Emma Mackey Plays Maeve

Maeve (Emma Mackey) talking to Aimee in the condemned bathroom.
Maeve (Emma Mackey)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Maeve

Perhaps one of the poorest people we meet early on, Maeve is a bit rough around the edges. Also, she is an assumed slut, because she owns her sexuality, and is scary to those who aren’t scared of her demeanor. In episode 2, it becomes clear to us she doesn’t have the best support system, if any at all, and we’re led to believe her family may have a history of crime and disappointment. Something she is trying to avoid but ends up making a mistake with her screw buddy Jackson.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Her mother is a drug addict and she has a brother who isn’t all there.
  • Maeve’s father abandoned her and her mother early on. It isn’t made clear if she shares a father with her brother.
  • While Maeve understands the thrill of sending nude pictures, she doesn’t do so.
  • Maeve is a big-time reader, especially feminist literature, and is into punk music. With that noted, she isn’t pretentious and disavows pop music altogether.
  • A boy named Simon gave her the nickname of cock biter, 4 years before the start of the series, for curving him.

 


Aimee Lou Wood Plays Aimee

Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) talking to Maeve in secret.
Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Aimee

A girl willing to break up with her boyfriend and keep her friendship with Maeve secret just to be popular. To say the least, Aimee definitely is a social climber, and it isn’t clear, early on, why that is. She has a large house, of which she has thrown two parties, is rather nice, pretty, yet there is an insecurity that hasn’t been addressed yet.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Aimee doesn’t have the best relationship with her mother who criticizes her body.

Gillian Anderson Plays Jean

Jean (Gillian Anderson) reading the paper and listening to Otis talk about his masturbation issue.
Jean (Gillian Anderson)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Jean

Otis’ mom who is a sex therapist, and may not have dated someone in quite a while. Her reason? Between raising her son and her vocation, when would she have the time to take on a grown man’s emotions? But, while not looking to emotionally invest in someone new, she does enjoy having sex with new people – nightly.

However, with Otis in 6th form, and starting to socialize, she seems to be realizing he won’t be around forever. This is leading to some empty nest syndrome and her being a bit more into Otis’ business than before. Showing even the strong, liberal, and cool Jean has insecurities.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Episode 3: While a published author, she currently is without a publisher for her next book.

 


Chaneil Kular Plays Anwar

Anwar (Chaneil Kular) talking to Eric after he assaulted him.
Anwar (Chaneil Kular)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Anwar

Anwar is one of the most well-known gay kid at school and is very posh. But, despite seeming like he’d never give him the time of day, he is also Eric’s crush. One who has an issue with buttholes.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Anwar is Indian and only at the point of episode 6 did he come out to his mom.

 


Kedar Williams-Stirling Plays Jackson

Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) smiling
Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Jackson

Perhaps the most popular kid at school, and one of the members of the swim team, Jackson is the man! He also is in a secret relationship with Maeve while publicly seeming like he is dating Ruby.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Since Jackson was 11, he has taken anti-anxiety medication.

Olive Gray Plays Kate & Jonny Amies Plays Sam

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2

Who Are Kate and Sam

Kate and Sam are the first couples Otis helps. Their issue stemmed from Kate not being comfortable having sex with the lights on because she didn’t like her body. This was a problem for Sam since, naturally, he wants to see his girlfriend naked. Also, it is a problem since they are both kind of awkward and ended up injured trying to have sex with the lights off.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Mimi Keene Plays Ruby

Ruby (Mimi Keene) talking trash.
Ruby (Mimi Keene)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2

Who Is Ruby

Ruby is your basic mean girl type who makes Aimee’s life hell. She also seems to be the leader of her clique and might be the most popular girl at school.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Simone Ashley Plays Olivia

Olivia (Simone Ashley) and Otis before having a therapy session.
Olivia (Simone Ashley) and Otis

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2

Who Is Olivia

Olivia is Ruby’s right hand and is Otis’ first paying client. Her issue dealt with trying to give head without vomiting.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

 


James Purefoy Plays Remi

Remi (James Purefoy) before he wrecks his family and relationship.
Remi (James Purefoy)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3

Who Is Remi

Remi is Jean’s ex-husband, Otis’ father, who she co-wrote a book with and divorced after he cheated on her with a patient. Currently, he lives and tours in America, with his and Jean’s book.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Catching his father cheating on his mother is one of the main reasons Otis has issues with sex.

Tanya Reynolds Plays Lily

Lily (Tanya Reynolds) figuring out a way to enjoy Eric if he won't have sex with her.
Lily (Tanya Reynolds)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3

Who Is Lily

While not sex-obsessed, Lily is definitely eager for her first time. Also, she is not shy about approaching people to have sex with her. Mostly because, while she wouldn’t mind love, arguably she knows she probably won’t find it where she goes to school.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Lily is quite the artist as seen by the sex comic she is making to help deal with her desires.


Alistair Petrie Plays Mr. Groff

Mr. Groff (Alistair Petrie) reprimanding Adam.
Mr. Groff (Alistair Petrie)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3

Who Is Mr. Groff

Adam’s father, and the headmaster of the school the cast goes to, Moordale, Mr. Groff is often trying to be a stern authority figure. Not just at work either, but also in his home. That attitude created a contentious relationship between him and his son for Adam who is the complete opposite of him. In fact, Mr. Groff treats Adam as a black sheep for with Adam’s sister doing so well in school, he doesn’t know where he went wrong with the boy.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Lu Corfield Plays Sarah

Sarah (Lu Corfield) looking towards Maeve at the abortion clinic.
Sarah (Lu Corfield)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3

Who Is Sarah

Sarah is a patient at the same health clinic Maeve goes to when she seeks an abortion. When we first meet her she seems very weird, a bit off even, but you come to realize that there is more to her than meets the eye. What may seem like a mad woman could be someone dealing with a secret. It could be an abusive relationship in which having children is how her guy tries to control her or something else totally. It isn’t clear what is going on but that these abortions aren’t as easy for Sarah as it may appear.


Patricia Allison Plays Ola

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 4

Who Is Ola

Ola is one of Jakob’s daughters and someone who takes an interest in Otis. Separate from him, she works as a cashier, is understanding but also doesn’t take anyone’s crap.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Mikael Persbrandt Plays Jakob

Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt) as Jean mistakes him for a patient.
Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 4

Who Is Jakob

Ola’s father who works as a repairman. He is introduced to us when he fixes the bathroom at Jean’s house and because he is rugged, Blue collar, and Swedish, everything Remi is not, she finds herself attracted to him physically. However, with him bringing her soup when she is under the weather, it seems he not only soothes her throat and illness but begins to thaw out her heart. Something which startles her a bit.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • He has recently lost his license due to his love for speeding. So, to keep the money coming in, his daughters split shifts so he can get around.


Lily Newmark Plays Ruthie &

Alice Hewkin Plays Tanya

Ruthie (Lily Newmark) and Tanya (Alice Hewkin) during a session with Otis.
Ruthie (Lily Newmark) and Tanya (Alice Hewkin)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 4

Who Are Ruthie and Tanya

Ruthie and Tanya are Otis’ first lesbian clients and they present a rather tough case. Mostly due to Ruthie not being open to the idea of a teen boy trying to help them with their sex issues. However, in the long run, she opens up and reveals their issues stem from trying to take their friendship and evolve it into a relationship.

The reason this was attempted is because they’ve been friends so long and Tanya was really there for Ruthie when she came out. So, considering they were friends already, it seemed natural to let things evolve. However, while she loves Tanya as a friend, it didn’t translate into loving her as a sexual partner so they eventually had to break up. If only so Ruthie could experience an orgasm.


Deobia Oparei Plays Eric’s Dad

Eric's Dad (Deobia Oparei) looking at Eric with a side eye.
Eric’s Dad (Deobia Oparei)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 5

Who Is Eric’s Dad

It is made clear early on that Eric’s family aren’t as liberal and open as Jean and her household. However, it is established that Eric’s family may not be homophobic either. Granted, as of episode 5, only Eric’s dad is aware that his son is willing to cross dress and maybe gay yet he doesn’t necessarily have a huge issue with it. If anything, it seems Eric’s dad biggest fears deal with his son’s safety in a world which we see, in episode 5, will mistreat him just for being who he is.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Edward Bluemel Plays Sean

Sean (Edward Bluemel) laughing after Maeve threatening him.
Sean (Edward Bluemel)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 6

Who Is Sean

Maeve’s older brother who may be a nice guy, but he has his demons. He, like their mother, used to do drugs but he doesn’t do that anymore. Sean does, however, seem to partake in selling stolen or fake goods. So don’t think he is a saint nor on the mend.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  •  He abandoned Maeve for four months because of a deal gone wrong.

Rahkhee Thakrar Plays Ms. Sands

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 6

Who Is Ms. Sands

A rather consistent, borderline annoying, teacher who recognizes Maeve’s writing abilities and pushes her to not hand her best work in under other people’s names.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters

Season 1/ Episode 8

The season finale is filled with apologies and one or two surprises. One which some may say was a long time coming (no pun intended).

Director(s)Katie Herron
Writer(s)Laurie Nunn
Air Date1/11/2019
  • The Return of Old Friends: Aimee, Ruby, Otis, Maeve, Mr. Groff, Sean
  • We Shouldn’t, But We Should: Jean, Jakob, Adam, Eric, Otis
  • Too Little, Too Late: Jackson, Aimee, Otis, Ola, Maeve, Mr. Groff

Season 1/ Episode 7

Fortunes shift this episode as Eric finds someone who gets him and Otis? Well, we’re reminded that he is his father’s son when it comes to being an ass.

Director(s)Kate Herron
Writer(s)Sophie Goodhart
Air Date1/11/2019
  • The Return of Eric & First Possible Love: Eric
  • Sometimes Apologies Aren’t Enough: Jackson, Maeve, Otis, Ola, Eric, Adam, Eric’s Dad, Mr. Groff, Sean
  • You Can’t Have It All: Jackson, Maeve, Otis, Eric, Jean, Jakob

Season 1/ Episode 6

As Eric continues to process what’s going on in his life, Maeve gets a surprise. Also, we learn why Otis has issues with sex.

Director(s)Kate Herron
Writer(s)Laurie Nunn, Freddy Syborn
Air Date1/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
SeanEdward Bluemel
Ms. SandsRakhee Thakrar
  • What Kind of Man Are You?: Eric, Anwar, Eric’s Dad
  • You Gotta Find The Right One Before You Take A Big Leap: Remi, Jean, Jakob, Otis, Ola, Lily
  • You Prioritize What You Care About: Jackson, Maeve, Sean, Otis, Ms. Sands, Mr. Groff, Adam

Season 1/ Episode 5

Maeve and Jackson reach a new stage in their relationship as Otis and Eric’s struggles due to Otis wanting to be there for Maeve.

Director(s)Kate Herron
Writer(s)Sophie Goodhart, Laura Hunter
Air Date1/11/2019
Newly Noted
Eric’s DadDeobia Oparei
  • It’s My Vagina: Ruby, Olivia, Maeve, Otis
  • Broken Promises: Eric, Otis, Jean
  • The Real Me: Maeve, Jackson, Otis

Season 1/ Episode 4

As Otis faces the challenge of counseling lesbians, Jean has her eye on someone, and Eric is trying to stay out of Adam’s purview.

Director(s)Ben Taylor
Writer(s)Laura Neal, Laurie Nunn
Air Date1/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
OlaPatricia Allison
Jakob (Mr. Builder)Mikael Persbrandt
RuthieLily Newmark
TanyaAlice Hewkin
  • It’s All Going Downhill: Adam, Mr. Groff, Eric, Maeve
  • Options & Research: Ola, Jakob, Jean, Ruthie, Tanya, Otis, Lily, Eric
  • Setting Up Your Crush For Another: Jackson, Maeve, Otis, Aimee

Season 1/ Episode 3

Maeve opens up to Otis as Eric sees something he may have thought he’d never see before.

Director(s)Ben Taylor
Writer(s)Sophie Goodhart
Air Date1.11.2019
Introduced This Episode
RemiJames Purefoy
LilyTanya Reynolds
Mr. GroffAlistair Petrie
SarahLu Corfield

Daddy Isn’t Here: Remi, Otis, Jean


Pent Up Sexuality: Lily, Eric


You Got a Friend In Me: Maeve, Jackson, Adam, Mr. Groff, Otis, Sarah

Season 1/ Episode 2

As Otis begins to come into himself, it is clear some feel left behind. Also, Maeve’s reason for needing Otis to succeed becomes apparent.

Director(s)Ben Taylor
Writer(s)Laurie Nunn
Air Date1/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
KateOlive Gray
SamJonny Amies
OliviaSimone Ashley
RubyMimi Keene

You Have Been Nearly My Everything: Otis, Jean


New Chapters & Closure: Aimee, Adam, Jackson, Maeve


I Might Actually Be Good At This: Otis, Anwar, Olivia, Kate, Sam, Eric, Maeve, Jean

Season 1/ Episode 1

Sex Education takes on the idea of being a teen sex comedy in ways you, surprisingly, may not have seen before.

CreatorLaurie Nunn
Director(s)Ben Taylor
Writer(s)Laurie Nunn
Air Date1/11/2019
Genre(s)Comedy, Young Adult
Good If You LikeHonest Conversations About Sex

Inclusion Of All Sexualities When Talking About Sex

Isn’t For You If YouAre Uncomfortable Seeing Real and Fake Penises

Don’t Like Hearing People Talk About Sex

Introduced This Episode
OtisAsa Butterfield
EricNcuti Gatwa
AdamConnor Swindells
MaeveEmma Mackey
AimeeAimee Lou Wood
JeanGillian Anderson
AnwarChaneil Kular
JacksonKedar Williams-Stirling

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