Everything You Need to Know About Emma Mackey from ‘Sex Education’

There’s no denying it: Emma Mackey stands out on the hit Netflix series Sex Education as Maeve. Between her acting chops and her sardonic, business-savvy character, Mackey quickly became a fan favorite. Here are three facts you may not know about the up-and-coming actress. Consider this your education about Emma Mackey.

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1. Unlike Maeve, Emma Mackey Is Not In High School

Mackey was born on January 4, 1996, in Le Mans, France. The 24-year-old’s father is French, and her mother is English. Mackey grew up and studied in France before heading to England to pursue a degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds, where she graduated in 2016. Today, she lives in London.

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2. She’s Making Waves As A Newcomer To Acting

Prior to starring in Sex Education, Mackey appeared in a TV movie called Badger Lane, but the Netflix series was without a doubt her breakout role. Thanks to the show’s popularity and her performance, she’s starting to snag some big-budget studio films. Next up, she’s set to star in the Murder on the Orient Express follow-up, Death on the Nile. She’ll play a character named Jacqueline de Bellefort in the Kenneth Branagh-directed blockbuster, which also stars Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name). Following that, she’ll appear in the films The Winter Lake and Eiffel. Talk about a come-up.

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3. She’s Not Related To Margot Robbie

Although there’s an obvious similarity in their looks, Mackey and Robie aren’t related. We’d bet money on them playing sisters at some point, though.

Now, how long until Sex Education season two drops? 


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