Entertainment TV 'Sex Education' 's Emma Mackey Has Bid 'a Happy Goodbye' to Maeve, Doesn't Expect to Return to Netflix Show Five additional actors have announced their departure from the British series in the last year, though stars Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson are expected to stay on By Lanford Beard Lanford Beard Lanford Beard has been with PEOPLE since 2015. In addition to serving as the Senior Digital TV Editor, she has edited for Lifestyle and News verticals across the site. Lanford previously worked at Entertainment Weekly, NBC News and Ralph Lauren, to name a few. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and a Master's of Science degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 20, 2023 02:34 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Netflix Another core star is saying goodbye to Netflix's Sex Education. Emma Mackey soft-launched the news in the press room at the 2023 BAFTA Awards on Sunday night, sharing that she believes her time on the show has come to an end. "[Will I be back for] season 5 or 6? Bloody hell, I've just finished the fourth one, love — last week!" said the 27-year-old actress, who plays the show's teen outsider–turned–peer sex advisor Maeve Wiley. "No, I don't think so. I think, yeah, I've said goodbye to Maeve. It's a happy goodbye." Reps for Netflix and Mackey, who was named the BAFTAs' EE Rising Star Award this weekend, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for confirmation. Mackey previously told the Radio Times before season 4 began filming late last year that she was not in the series "as consistently" as previous years. "It feels very familiar!" she said. "And it's a bit more sporadic because we have more characters. So there's… I'm not in it as consistently." Sam Taylor/NETFLIX Sex Education's Patricia Allison Reveals She's Pursuing 'Other Opportunities,' Will Not Return as Ola Mackey's exit comes on the heels of similar announcements by costars Patricia Allison (Ola), Tanya Reynolds (Lily), Rakhee Thakrar (Ms. Sands) and Simone Ashley (who played Olivia but is committed to Bridgerton for the foreseeable future after headlining season 2 alongside Jonathan Bailey). All four women revealed last year that they would not be returning for season 4. Reynolds, 31, told the Radio Times in July: "It's just the natural progression of these shows — when you have such big ensemble casts and so many characters, I think you have to let a few older characters go to make way for newer ones, which is absolutely the right thing, the way it should happen." Manny Carabel/Getty Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa to Replace Jodie Whittaker as Time Lord on Doctor Who, BBC Announces Mackey's costar Ncuti Gatwa did sign on for season 4 but is likewise not expected to return for season 5 since he was tapped as the new lead of Doctor Who, stepping in for most recent Doctor Jodie Whittaker. Gatwa, 30, recently said goodbye to Sex Education will an Instagram post from his final day on set. "Last day. Last time," he wrote on Feb. 8 after he wrapped filming for his character Eric. "Bye bubs, thank you for all the lessons and for all the strength." Dan Levy Joins Netflix's Sex Education for Season 4 Sex Education's first family, played by Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson, is expected to carry on the show's storyline. Schitt's Creek creator and star Dan Levy will join them in season 4, which does not yet have a release date. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Seasons 1–3 of Sex Education can be streamed in full on Netflix.