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Jewish actor Dan Levy joins final season of Netflix hit Sex Education

Levy, known for co-writing and starring in Shitt's Creek, plays professor in new season


Jewish actor Dan Levy has joined the cast of hit series Sex Education for its fourth season.

The new season, which was released today on Netflix, sees Levy playing the role of Thomas Molloy, a pompous writing professor at a fictional American university. Molloy is a foil to the main character Maeve Wiley, played by Emma Mackey, who has just moved to the US.  

Sex Education, which follows a group of teenage students at a fictional school called Moordale, has been applauded for its fresh and relatable representation of sexuality and relationships. The show’s no-holds-barred approach to the awkward fumbling of teenage sexual and romantic encounters has resonated with viewers since the release of its first season in 2019, especially thanks to its diverse cast of characters and portrayal of queer and non-traditional relationships.  

The fourth and final season of the series sees many of its beloved main characters entering a new sixth-form college called Cavendish and struggling to adjust to the uber-progressive Gen-Z culture. The roles of best friends Otis Milburn and Eric Effiong - played by Asa Butterfield and Ncuti Gatwa respectively - have been reprised, as have most of the other strongest characters. Gillian Anderson as Otis’s mother Jean, Conor Swindells as Adam Groff, Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson Marchetti, and Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs have all returned for the show’s culminating season. 

Emmy-winning actor and writer Levy is a welcome (Jewish) addition to the cast. He has been busy since the 2020 end of his comedy series Schitt’s Creek, which he wrote and produced with his father, actor Eugene Levy.

The Jewish comedian has since appeared in the films Happiest Season, Coastal Elites and Haunted Mansion; hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live; produced and hosted the first season of the heartwarming cooking competition The Big Brunch; and recently he appeared in the controversial series The Idol, starring The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp. 

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