This is how old the cast of Sex Education are compared to their characters

14 January 2020, 17:05

Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

Like most teen shows, the actors on Sex Education are a lot older than the characters they play.

Netflix's Sex Education is set to return to our screens this Friday (Jan 17) and to say we're hyped is an understatement.

There's several new faces joining the cast for season two and the show's creator has just confirmed that she's already working on season three!

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All our faves are returning for the second season, including Otis, Maeve and Eric, and there's so many questions we need answering. Will Otis and Maeve ever figure things out? Will Eric realise Adam is no good for him? And will Jean ever find out about Otis' secret sex clinic? We can't wait to find out.

Sex Education season 2 cast and characters ages
Sex Education season 2 cast and characters ages. Picture: Netflix

As we were getting reacquainted with the characters (yes we've rewatched season one, what of it?) we did a little Googling about the actors and we were quite surprised to learn how much older some of them were in comparison to their characters. So in the name of sharing the tea, here's how old the Sex Education actors are.

Asa Butterfield - Otis Milburn

Otis is only 16 years old in the show, despite being the resident (and secret) sex therapist for Moordale High. There is a 6 year age gap between Otis and Asa Butterfield, who plays Otis in the show. Asa turned 22 years old last April.

Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn in Sex Education season 2
Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn in Sex Education season 2. Picture: Netflix

Ncuti Gatwa - Eric Effiong

Moordale's French horn supremo and Otis' best friend Eric is a fan favourite from Sex Education. Eric is 17 years old on the show and played by Ncuti Gatwa. Ncuti is in fact 27 year old, making him 10 years older than his character.

Eric Effiong played by Ncuti Gatwa in Sex Education 2
Eric Effiong played by Ncuti Gatwa in Sex Education 2. Picture: Netflix

Emma Mackey - Maeve Wiley

Poor Maeve. Can this girl get a break please? If she's not having relationship drama then it's problems with her family or getting kicked out of school! Maeve is 16 years old on the show and Emma Mackey, who plays Maeve, is 24 years old, making her 8 years old than the character.

Maeve Wiley as played by Emma Mackey in Sex Education season 2
Maeve Wiley as played by Emma Mackey in Sex Education season 2. Picture: Netflix

Aimee Lou Woods - Aimee Gibbs

Having left the Untouchables behind in season one, Aimee friendship with Maeve in season two is about as pure as it gets. Aimee's age isn't explicitly stated in the show but it is assumed she is 16 or 17. Aimee IRL is 24 years old as of November 2019.

Sex Education season 2 Aimee Gibbs / Aimee Lou Woods
Sex Education season 2 Aimee Gibbs / Aimee Lou Woods. Picture: Netflix

Kedar Williams-Stirling - Jackson Marchetti

In season one, Jackson struggles with his mum's pressure to be a professional swimmer and you can expect that pressure to overspill in season two. Jackson is 16 or 17 in the show and Kedar is 25 years old, as of December 2019.

Sex Education season 2: Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson Marchetti
Sex Education season 2: Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson Marchetti. Picture: Netflix

Connor Swindells - Adam Groff

Adam and Eric's story in season one sparked a lot of conversation in season one and fans are desperate to see them back together in season two (even though Adam, like, bullied him? Ok then...) Adam is 17 on the show and Connor is 23 years old.

Sex Education season 2: Connor Swindells as Adam Groff
Sex Education season 2: Connor Swindells as Adam Groff. Picture: Netflix

Patricia Allison - Ola Nyman

Ola ends season one in a relationship with Otis but will Maeve, or her father's relationship with Otis' mum Jean, get in the way in season two? Ola is 16 on the show and Patricia who plays Ola is 25 years old.

Sex Education season 2: Patricia Allison as Ola Nyman
Sex Education season 2: Patricia Allison as Ola Nyman. Picture: Netflix

Tanya Reynolds - Lily Iglehart

Lily is Sex Education's resident weirdo and we absolutely love her for it. Like the rest of the characters, Lily is around 16/17 years old and Tanya, who plays Lily, is 27 years old, making her 10 years older than her character.

Sex Education season 2: Tanya Reynolds as Lily Iglehart
Sex Education season 2: Tanya Reynolds as Lily Iglehart. Picture: Netflix

Mimi Keene - Ruby

Mimi is 21 years old and plays Ruby, one of the 'untouchables' at Moordale High. Like the rest of the students, it's assumed that she's 16/17 years old.

Sex Education season 2: Mimi Keene as Ruby and Chaneil Kular as Anwar
Sex Education season 2: Mimi Keene as Ruby and Chaneil Kular as Anwar. Picture: Netflix

Chaneil Kular - Anwar

Chaneil is 20 years old and plays Anwar. Like Ruby, Anwar is one of the untouchables at Moordale High. Like the rest of the students, it's assumed that he's 16/17 years old.