Fans of “Sex Education” may relax. According to Variety, Ncuti Gatwa will reprise his role as Otis’ devoted BFF Eric Effiong in the popular Netflix series. Asa Butterfield’s socially awkward character Otis Milburn and his pals will once again be following the series created, written, and executive produced by Laurie Nunn as they traverse adolescence under the watchful eye of Otis’s sex therapist mother Jean (Gillian Anderson).
Following the BBC’s unexpected announcement that Gatwa had been chosen as the next Doctor Who only hours before the BAFTA TV awards in May, many feared for Eric’s future in the program. The upcoming season of the British sci-fi program is now in production in Wales and was written by “It’s a Sin” showrunner Russell T. Davies. (Davies was also in charge of bringing “Doctor Who” back in 2003 after a 7-year break.)
Gatwa will thankfully feature in both shows thanks to some clever timing, with “Sex Education” season 4 production expected to begin this fall. In the next “Barbie” film, starring Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie as the pneumatic doll and her boyfriend Ken, he will also appear with his “Sex Education” co-star Emma Mackey.
Following the announcement that several of his former co-stars would not be joining him, including Simone Ashley, who played Olivia, Tanya Reynolds, who played Lily, Patricia Allison, who played Ola, and Rakhee Thakrar, who played schoolteacher Emily Sands, Gatwa will be returning to “Sex Education.” Allison is next scheduled to star in the Disney+ U.K. original “Extraordinary,” while Ashley has switched to “Bridgerton,” another Netflix stablemate.
Despite the brief evacuation, a source for the program said season 4 will “see a blend of old and new fascinating characters” as the graduates of Moordale Secondary School look for another place to educate and have fun after their former institution lost financing and was sold to developers.