Netflix coming-of-age drama Sex Education reveals cast and release date

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From Digital Spy

Gillian Anderson and Hugo actor Asa Butterfield lead the cast of Netflix coming-of-age drama Sex Education, which offers a fresh, modern look at sex, friendships and contemporary young adult life.

So probably not one to watch with your parents...

The eight-part series follows the lives of Gillian's Jean Milburn and her sexually repressed 16-year-old son Otis.

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Jean is a funny and observant sex therapist who has no filter when it comes to interrogating people about their personal lives. She lives at home with her only son, Otis, played by Son of Rambow star Asa.

She refuses to shield Otis from anything, and always speaks to him like an adult. But as Otis gets older and more sexually repressed, she worries that some of these parenting decisions may have backfired. Listening to your mum chatting about the ins and outs of sex is never going to be a comfortable experience, especially for a teenage boy.

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Meanwhile, Otis has a fear of his own sexuality because of the overexposure on the topic of sex from his mum, combined with the early trauma of walking in on his dad, another sex therapist named Remi, cheating on Jean with a therapy client.

Otis is described as being blessed with the gift of intuitive sexual understanding; cursed with the inability to do anything about it. His incredible breadth of knowledge about human sexuality is both his super-power and his kryptonite. Gulp.

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But everything changes when Otis meets Maeve Wiley – played by Emma Mackey – a badass teenager with a whip-smart intellect and a wicked sense of humour. She lives alone in a caravan – her mother is an addict and her father is absent.

She's in a physical relationship with popular jock-type Jackson Monroe, but could she be a better fit emotionally for Otis?

The cast also includes Ncuti Gatwa as Otis' best friend Eric Nevin – described as a motor-mouth who is comfortably gay and out of the closet – and school bad-boy Adam Groff played by Connor Swindells.

Sex Education is due for release on Netflix on January 11, 2019.

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