Sex Education star confirms they won't be returning for season four

Does this mean the end for a fan-favourite romance?


Words: Will Stroude; Image: Netflix

Sex Education will be bidding goodbye to Patricia Allison's Ola Nyman when the hit Netflix drama returns for season four.

Allison, who has played pansexual student Ola since season one and was promited to a series regular for seaso two and three, will not return for a fourth outing of show, which charts the sexually-charged trials and tribulations of Moordale Secondary School's student body.

Confirming her departure on Capital Xtra's Breakfast With Yinka and Shayna Marie radio show this week, Allison, 27, said: "I know, I absolutely have loved being on Sex Education so, so much, and playing Ola but unfortunately, I won’t be joining the team for season four."

Photography: Dean Ryan McDaid for Attitude

 The actress continued: "I’m so sorry to have to break that to you guys but umm, I’m just going to be doing some other little things, some other opportunities have come up. So, I’ve been doing it for three years and I’ve, like, genuinely loved it."

Teasing future projects, Allison added: "I love the show. [But you] have to say goodbye some time which is kind of sad. But other things are coming."

Ola was introduced midway through season one of Sex Education as a love interest for Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield). The pair broke up in season two, opening the door for Ola's fan-favourite romance with eccentric classmate Lily Iglehart (Tanya Reynolds).

Sex Education was renewed for a fourth season in September 2021 just days after season three premiered on Netflix. Production on season 4 is expected to begin imminently but an exact release date remains unconfirmed.

Sex Education is avaiable to stream on Netflix now.