Sex Education has been confirmed for a new season on Netflix, albeit in a slightly different form. The series was renewed back in September 2021 following the success of season three. It’s now been revealed, however, that a number of cast members will not be returning.
Tanya Reynolds and Patricia Allison, who starred as Ola and her daydreaming girlfriend Lily will not rejoin the cast. Reynolds has since said that she was “very sad” not to be starring in the new season.
Rakhee Thakra, who played teacher Emily Sands, has also confirmed her departure. Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, the actor was careful not to reveal why she won’t be rejoining the cast for the new episodes. “I’m not part of the new series. I can’t really talk about why.”
Thakra added: “But I’m so proud of the show and grateful to have been part of something so important. There is nothing bad about Sex Education.” Simone Ashley, who starred as Olivia in seasons one, two and three, has also announced her departure from the cast. This is likely due to the success of Bridgerton season two, in which she had a large role.
The core cast, made of Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Aimee Lou Wood and Gillian Anderson, will, of course, return for the new season of Sex Education. However, all these departures are making fans wonder who the hell they’re going to get it on with.
In other Sex Education news, it was recently revealed that the show has been adapted into a manga series, providing fans with a unique view of Moordale Secondary. The first issue was released on July 15th and is available on Kadokawa’s Comic Bridge website. The John Tarachine-illustrated publication will feature Otis, Maeve, Eric and others navigating the various challenges of teenagerdom.