Young actor joins Sex Education cast | News

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

– Local People

by Sam HallReporter

A young actor from Barry Island landed himself a role in season two of the hugely popular Netflix show Sex Education.

Lucas Edwards, aged 21, plays the role of a teenager who had been diagnosed with chlamydia in the hit TV programme.

He was just one of many students from the University of South Wales Film and TV School who managed to secure jobs on the show.

Sex Educations, which starts X Files actress Gillian Anderson, focuses on a issues facing a group of teenage classmates as they navigate their way through school.

Lucas, who is a second-year Theatre and Drama student, jumped at the chance to have a feature role on the show having worked for a short time on season one.

He said: “This is by far the biggest series I have had the chance to be part of.

“I have been an extra on Casualty, Poldark and Brave New World, but this has been such a fantastic opportunity while I am still at university.”

And Lucas has acting to thank for helping him overcome a stammer, which he suffered from while at primary school.

He explained: “I found that when I was pretending to be someone else, my stammer would disappear, so I owe a lot to drama for allowing me to develop that confidence and realise my potential.”

Lucas revealed one of his many highlights working on the show was beatboxing with Asa Butterfield, who plays the lead role of Otis, between takes.

He said: “I was just killing time and Asa randomly joined in. It was such a great experience spending time with him and connecting on that level – plus it is a great story to tell of my time on the show!”

As part of his role, Lucas portrays the experience of a teenager who has been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection.

He added: “It was really important to me that these issues were shown in a sensitive and realistic way. If it helps just one person going through this situation, then the series has done its job.”

Sex Education, which first aired in January 2019, was filmed at a series of locations in Caerleon, Cardiff, Newport and the Wye Valley.

Tom Ware, director of production and performance at the University of South Wales, said: “We’re thrilled that, once again, students from our Creative Industries courses were able to gain invaluable experience both in front of and behind the camera on the second season of this brilliant drama.

“With more than 20 graduates from our Film TV School courses working in roles across the production, as well as actors from our Performance courses appearing on screen, it’s a joy to see so many of our most talented students be given an opportunity to be part of this production.

“We’ve loved working with both Eleven Films and Netflix and look forward to building closer ties with both as part of our bigger ambition to provide clear and sustainable progression routes for young people into the Wales film TV industry.”

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