Sex Education Season 4: Release Date, Cast, And Other Things We Know About The Next Installment

Otis and Maeve in Sex Education.
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If you’re like me, you’re anxiously awaiting the next season of a certain Netflix show about sex and high school. After the Sex Education Season 3 ending, we’re all just wondering what is going to happen next for the characters we have grown to love and care about. Thankfully, we have some great news to share about the upcoming fourth season of the hit series that so many love to binge. 

Sex Education Season 4 is on the way, and for those who are wondering when we just might see these characters next, here is what we know so far, including the release date.

What Is The Sex Education Season 4 Premiere Date?

Ncuti Gatwa and Asa Butterfield in Sex Education on Netflix

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Sex Education Season 4 is set to release on September 21st, 2023, according to Tudum. What a great addition to the 2023 TV premiere schedule. 

That’s right, you read that correctly. Season 4 of Sex Education is going to be the last season of the show, unfortunately, as was confirmed by Netflix in June 2023. In an interview that creator Laurie Nunn did with Tudum for the announcement of the premiere date, she said that it was just “time” for the story to come to a close, and it felt right to end it: 

It just started to feel very clear that the stories were coming to an end, the characters were being left in a place that I felt really good about it. I felt happy for them, and I felt like I’ve said everything that I want to say with these characters at this time.

While this is, understandably, sad news, I’m glad to hear that the creator feels this way, rather than the series just being canceled suddenly, so I’m eager to see where the story goes.

Check Out The Teaser Trailer For Sex Education Season 4

Adam and Eric skipping through a field in Sex Education.

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If you’re as excited about the final season of Sex Education as I am, check out the teaser trailer that was released in July 2023 to celebrate the fourth season coming out soon. It features several of our favorite characters during their new adventures in not only a new school, but new relationships – and, surely, plenty of hijinks will follow. 

So much fun! I can’t wait for this season to come out!

Most Of The Main Cast Will Return

Otis in Sex Education.

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If you were wondering if any of the stars from the Sex Education cast were set to come back for the next season, a good amount are returning. According to The Hollywood Reporter, many regular cast members are coming back for Season 4. 

This includes Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Aimee-Lou Wood, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Mimi Keene, George Robinson, Chinenye Ezeudu, Dua Saleg, Alistair Petrie, and Samantha Spiro. All are set to return for the fourth season of the dramedy. 

This is fantastic news to hear, considering many of these stars have been doing big things in Hollywood - such as Gatwa being cast as the next Doctor Who, and Mackey appearing in the Barbie cast- but they’re all returning for this great show that we all hold so close to our hearts.  

But, Simone Ashley, Patricia Allison And More Will Not Be Back

Simone Ashley in Sex Education.

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However, not everyone is going to be back for Season 4. ITV’s This Morning confirmed in April 2022 that Simone Ashley would not be returning to the part of Olivia Hanan

This news came after her character on Bridgerton Season 2, Kate, became hugely popular, and Ashley is going to continue to portray Kate in the third season, with she and Anthony now being married. We’ll miss her dearly, but I can understand why she moved on. 

Ashley isn’t the only one who left the show. In the Hollywood Reporter article from before, it was also confirmed that Patricia Allison, Tanya Reynolds, and Rahkee Thakrar, who played Ola, Lily, and teacher Emily Sands, respectively, will also not be returning for Season 4 of Sex Education

Dan Levy And Others Have Joined The Cast

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But, even with several cast members leaving the show, not all the news is bad, as we have plenty of new cast members jumping in as well - including Dan Levy, who will be playing Thomas, a U.S. tutor at the Ivy League college that Maeve attends. His new role on Sex Education was announced in August 2022 by Entertainment Weekly.

It’s huge news to see Levy come to the show after such a great career in television. Mostly known for his role in the Schitt’s Creek cast, where he played David Rose, he’s gone on to become a big star and continuously show just how talented he is, with roles in projects such as The Idol, Happiest Season and more. 

His part on Sex Education is going to be recurring, but I’m calling it now that he’s going to end up stealing the show, just like he always has. 

Levy even spoke about his role in the fourth season on Twitter, sharing a picture of himself in costume and captioning it “Sex Ed. Season 4. VERY serious news.”

Also noted in The Hollywood Reporter article regarding the cast was that there are six other new actors who signed on for the show. They are Thaddea Graham, known for her role in Doctor Who, Marie Reuther, who was in Kamikaze, along with Anthony Lexa, Imani Yahshua, Felix Mufti, and Alexandra James. According to the Tudum article about the release date, Graham will play O, while Lexa, Mufti, and James will play members of a new popular crowd called The Coven. Info on Reuther and Yahshua’s characters is still unknown. 

Also joining Season 4, per the Tudum article released in July 2023, is Lisa McGrillis, who will play Jean’s younger sister, Joana. I, for one can’t wait to see where they go with these new characters - and what they mean for the plot going forward. 

Season 4 Will Take Place At A New School

Otis in Sex Education.

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If you remember from the Season 3 ending of Sex Education, we left off on a lot of big cliffhangers that we all want solved as soon as possible. And, thankfully, it looks as if Season 4 is going to resolve at least some of them. The Hollywood Reporter article above also noted that the next season is going to follow Otis and his friends as they attend a new school. 

After Moordale Secondary closed down, Otis and Eric are now attending Cavendish Sixth Form College, trying to not be losers again in this new school, and they find out that Cavendish is even more progressive than Moordale was. Everyone is attempting to move past their culture shock and grow, while Maeve is in the United States at Wallace University, being tutored by Thomas Molloy - a.k.a. Dan Levy’s character. 

Also confirmed in the Tudum article is that the story won’t actually pick up exactly where we left off in the Season 3 finale:

We have skipped forward in time a couple of months. Maeve is in America, which is where we left her on the bus, going off to study. The Moordale Secondary students are starting at a new school called Cavendish College, which is very different from Moordale. It’s very progressive and woke, and it makes the Moordale students feel like they’re little fish in a big pond.

It sounds like this season is going to address a lot and I am here for it. 

Filming Has Come To A Close

Some of the stars of Sex Education.

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Get ready, because Sex Education is all done filming. In fact, it’s been done since early 2023. 

It was confirmed in August of 2022 on the Netflix official Twitter page, that the fourth season of the hit series was officially in production, which came with some first look photos. 

Also celebrating the beginning of production was the series’ main star, Asa Butterfield, who posted a photo to his Twitter page of himself in front of his trailer, with the simple caption saying, “Guess who’s back.”

The Midgard Times reported in February 2023 that filming on the series had wrapped.

With the show finally done filming, and an official release date announced, I can’t wait to see the finale of Sex Education, and say goodbye in bittersweet fashion to the characters I’ve grown to love. Now I just need to be patient until September 21st.

Alexandra Ramos
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Big nerd and lover of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire. Will forever hate season eight. Superhero and horror geek. And please don't debate me on The Last of Us 2, it was amazing!