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‘Sex Education’ season four calls for transgender actors to play college couple

The next series of the Netflix show will feature a transgender couple

By Emma Kelly

Still from 'Sex Education' season three of Otis and Ruby
'Sex Education' will return for a fourth season on Netflix. (Source: Netflix)

The fourth season of ‘Sex Education’ is set to feature a transgender couple, according to a new casting call.

The show’s casting director Lauren Evans has put out a call for transgender actors to play Abbi and Kent, a trans couple who attend college together.

Abbi is described as “a young trans woman with a 90s Winona Ryder vibe, who is confident and self-assured in her gender identity. Abbi is the leader of her group and the queen bee of her college – every girl either wants to be like her, or be friends with her. She’s sunny, magnetic, generous and loyal.”

Her bio continues: “When Abbi came out as a trans woman, she currently lives with her boyfriend, Kent, whose family are much more accepting. Abi used to be religious, but had to move away from her faith when it started to damage her sense of self. She still considers herself ‘spiritual’, and attends a secular and inclusive congregation which celebrates community and chosen family.”

Abbi’s boyfriend Kent is “trans-masculine, goofy, forgetful, and a great listener. He is Abbi’s boyfriend, and they’re the ultimate power couple – they’ve been together for a while and are the epitome of ‘couple goals’, everyone loves them. Kent isn’t as sure as being one of the popular kids as Abbi, but he knows himself and feels quietly confident about his final year at college.”

The show is looking for actors between the ages of 18 and 23 for the roles with no previous acting experience necessary.

The ad states that ‘Sex Education’ season four will shoot between April and November in Wales. Those interested can apply via email to Lauren Evans Casting.

The details in Abbi and Kent’s bios suggest that the students of Moordale will now be continuing their studies at college following the sale of their school to developers.

It’s unclear whether Maeve (Emma Mackey) will be joining them after accepting a study programme in the United States at the end of season three.

‘Sex Education’ has been praised for its depiction of queer relationships, sexuality, disabilities and gender identity. In season three the Netflix show introduced two new non-binary characters, Layla (Robyn Holdaway) and Cal (Dua Salah).

One scene between the pair showed Cal helping Layla to bind their chest safely.

First premiering in 2019, ‘Sex Education’ follows the students of Moordale Secondary School as they explore their sexualities. It stars Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells and Aimee Lou Wood.

‘Sex Education’ seasons one, two and three are available to stream on Netflix.