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Ncuti Gatwa: How Playing Eric on ‘Sex Education’ Became a Healing Journey as the Series Nears Its End

Ncuti Gatwa Says Playing Eric On 'Sex Education' Was Healing For Him

As the acclaimed series “Sex Education” approaches its finale on Netflix, Ncuti Gatwa, the actor behind the beloved character Eric, takes a moment to reflect on the transformative journey he embarked upon. Gatwa’s portrayal of Eric has not only earned him critical acclaim but has also served as a source of personal healing.

Ncuti Gatwa’s Gratitude for ‘Sex Education’ and Personal Growth

In an interview, Ncuti Gatwa thanked screenwriter Laurie Nunn. Gatwa, who identifies as queer like his character, shared that the role helped him heal and better understand himself.

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“Shout out to [screenwriter] Laurie Nunn for giving nuance to this gay, Black character and gifting him to the world. He’s so fierce and unashamed. It was healing for me, and great for people to see themselves represented. It taught me the importance of representation: it’s so powerful and necessary.”

As the series concludes after four seasons, Gatwa reflects on finding acceptance and a sense of belonging in the world.

Ncuti Gatwa’s Recent Blockbuster Role and Upcoming Doctor Who Debut

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Gatwa had a significant role in this summer’s blockbuster film, where he portrayed one of the Kens in Barbie. He shared the screen with renowned actors such as Ryan Gosling, Margot Robbie, Issa Rae, Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and his co-stars from “Sex Education,” Emma Mackey and Connor Swindells.

Looking ahead, Gatwa is set to tackle the role of the Fifteenth Doctor in the upcoming season of Doctor Who.