Sex Education: Emma Mackey Stuns Fans, Announces Departure

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Sex Education has lost another cast member.

The hit Netflix series lost many stars ahead of production on the fourth season.

But, with production completed, more cast members are announcing they won't be back for a potential fifth season.

Emma MacKey poses after arriving to attend the World Premiere of Netflix's "Sex Education - Season 2"

Emma Mackey revealed to RadioTimes Sunday after winning the BAFTA Award for Rising Star that her time on the series was over.

"Season 5? I've just finished the fourth one last week!" Mackey explained, adding the following:

Emma Mackey attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2023 Vanity Fair Rising Star BAFTAs pre-party

"No, I don't think I'll be in season 5. I've said goodbye to Maeve."

The actress previously teased that she wouldn't be as prominent in the fourth season.

"It feels very familiar! And it's a bit more sporadic because we have more characters. So there's… I'm not in it as consistently," Mackey said. 

"But we're in the middle of filming now, and I'm excited to be back," she added at the time. 

Upset Maeve - Sex Education Season 3 Episode 6

"And yeah, I'm intrigued to know what's going to happen – because I also don't know. I'm also finding out as we go along, so it'll be fun!"

Ncuti Gatawa announced this month that he was also not returning for Sex Education Season 5.

"Last day. Last time," Gatwa captioned a photo of his trailer.

"Bye bubs, thank you for all the lessons and for all the strength."

Ncuti Gatwa poses for a photograph in the winners room during the BAFTA Cymru Awards 2022

Patricia Allison (who plays Ola), Tanya Reynolds (Lily), Simone Ashley (Olivia), and Rahkee Thakrar (Emily Sands) previously announced they would not be returning for Sex Education Season 4.

Netflix confirmed in late 2022 that the Season 4 cast includes Asa Butterfield (Otis), Gillian Anderson (Jean), Gatwa (Eric), Wood (Aimee), Emma Mackey (Maeve), and Connor Swindells (Adam).

Also starring is Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson), Mimi Keene (Ruby), George Robinson (Isaac), Chinenye Ezeudu (Vivienne), Dua Saleh (Cal), Alistair Petrie (Michael), and Samantha Spiro (Maureen).

Dan Levy (Schitt's Creek) was also announced to be joining the cast as Thomas Molloy, who will be a big part of Maeve's storyline.

Dan Levy Films Sex Education

A premiere date for Sex Education Season 4 has not been set.

The series has also not been renewed for Season 5.

What are your thoughts on the news?

Will you watch the show without the bulk of the main cast?

Hit the comments below.

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Sex Education Quotes

Boy: They're not still going on about Sex School, are they?
Maeve: Mm. It's as if no one in this town's had sex before.

Host: She wrote this book in response to working on campus at Moordale Secondary, which got some pretty bad press recently following a chlamydia outbreak, and the performance of a so-called Sex Musical. So, Dr. Milburn, tell us about the book.
Jean: Well, I was shocked at the ineptitude of the SRE curriculum in schools, and so I created this easy to read manual to help empower our teenagers, and their parents, as they become sexually active young adults.
Host: Sounds a bit racy.
Jean: Well, if by racy, you mean highly researched and completely essential to the health and wellbeing of our children, then, yes, I suppose it is.