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Sex Education star Emma Mackey says she's leaving the show

Jess Hardiman

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Sex Education star Emma Mackey says she's leaving the show

Emma Mackey has said she's leaving Sex Education, saying she'll be heading out with a 'happy goodbye' to the series.

Mackey will return to our screens as Maeve Wiley in the forthcoming fourth season, which is yet to have a release date.

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However, after that, it looks like that's it for the star, who has just finished filming the latest series.

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Speaking to press at the BAFTAs after scooping this year's Rising Star award, she was asked if we could expect to see her in a potential fifth season.

Mackey replied: "B****y hell, I just finished the fourth one last week!

"No, I don’t think so. I think I’ve said goodbye to it. It’s a happy goodbye though."

Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley. Credit: Netflix
Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley. Credit: Netflix
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Her co-star Ncuti Gatwa also recently confirmed he's leaving the Netflix show after almost four years playing Eric, having recently been named as the new Doctor Who.

Gatwa became known to the masses when he appeared as Otis' best friend in the first series of Sex Education in 2019, but he quickly became a fan favourite and has continued to entertain viewers with his character's awkward encounters ever since.

In a post on Instagram earlier this month, Gatwa confirmed his next appearances as Eric would be his last.

He shared a picture of what looked to be his trailer door on the set of the Netflix series, alongside the caption: "Last day. Last time. Bye bubs, thank you for all the lessons and for all the strength."

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Gatwa shared news of his departure on Instagram. Credit: @ncutigatwa/Instagram
Gatwa shared news of his departure on Instagram. Credit: @ncutigatwa/Instagram

When Mackey collected her BAFTA tonight (Sunday 19 February), fellow Moordale alumnus Aimee Lou Wood - who plays Aimee Gibbs - could be seen beaming with pride from the audience, having also been nominated herself.

The award was presented to Mackey by last year’s rising star award winner, No Time To Die star Lashana Lynch.

Collecting the accolade, which was voted for by members of the public, Mackey told the crowd: "I didn't prepare anything! Thank you BAFTA, thank you EE, thank you to everyone who voted."

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She added that she felt 'so proud' to be nominated alongside her and Wood's contenders - Naomi Ackie, Sheila Atim and Daryl McCormack - saying the win was 'really special'.

Commenting on the nomination last month, Mackey also said: "I am so grateful to BAFTA and EE for including me in this category.

"Being able to tell stories and make films is already such a blessing. To be nominated alongside these wonderful actors and for us all to be noticed by such a respected and inspiring institution is very humbling indeed.”

Featured Image Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Sex Education, TV and Film, Celebrity

Jess Hardiman
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