Casting News: Gillian Anderson Has Signed on for British Dramedy ‘Sex Education’

Gillian Anderson has officially retired from The X-Files, and now Radio Times is reporting that she’s signed on for a new TV project.

Anderson will play a sex therapist in the Netflix original series Sex Education. Set in the U.K., the eight-parter will also star Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as her teenage son, Otis. According to Radio Times, having a mother who works as a sex therapist helps the gawky teen score popularity points.

Otis takes full advantage of his exposure to all things sex ed-related and, according to the official description, creates his own “underground” health clinic. Aided by edgy classmate Maeve (Emma Mackey), Otis helps fellow students with their “weird and wonderful problems.”

High school is always awkward, but this scenario goes to another level. And is Otis actually fit to advise his peers?

The show’s description provides some more details on his working knowledge of what goes on behind closed doors: “Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis is a reluctant expert on the subject.”

We’re guessing his mother will have something to say about his makeshift therapy sessions, presuming his scheme will eventually surface.

The series is created by Laurie Nunn (Pregnant Pause) and directed by Ben Taylor (Catastrophe).

Sex Education is set to air in 2019.

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