Sex Education: Trailer for final season of hit show
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Sex Education season 4
Sex Education introduced a wealth of new characters in its fourth and final outing after Moordale Secondary was shut down at the end of season three.
Among the characters to be introduced were Jodie Turner-Smith’s God, Anthony Lexa’s Abbi and Thaddea Graham as school sex therapist O.
Another face to make it into the show was Jean Milburn’s (played by Gillian Anderson) scatty younger sister Joanna Franklin.
Who plays Jean Milburn’s sister Joanna Franklin?
Joanna made quite an impression as the complete opposite of her older sibling Joanna, who was unreliable and irresponsible.
British actress Lisa McGrillis plays Joanna Franklin and is no stranger to audiences in the UK.
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The 41-year-old actress from Cheltenham has starred in a number of big shows.
She is perhaps best known for her roles in Inspector George Gently, Hebburn and Mum.
Some of her other roles include ITV’s Maternal, Best Interests, Avoidance, King Gary, Deadwater Fell on Channel 4 and Somewhere Boy.
Among her film credits are Bumps, Only You, Wild Geese and The Pass.
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McGrillis studied performing arts at Northumbria University and her early career saw her land stage roles in The Pitmen Painters in London’s National Theatre and then move to Broadway as well as a production of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
She is married to fellow actor and Jamestown and Babylon star Stuart Martin with the couple having two children.
Previously speaking to the Radio Times about her role in Sex Education, McGrillis said Joanna was a “bit of a whirlwind” and it was a “fun part to play”.
McGrillis admitted she was a huge fan of the Netflix series and had “never been more nervous” about working on a show in her life.
She continued to the publication: “This is the fourth series of one of the most popular shows on Netflix, playing Gillian Anderson’s sister.
“Everyone is obsessed with Jean Milburn. So, I was terrified.”
Adding: “I felt like I was having an out of body experience when I arrived on set at that iconic house.”
She went on to say how it took her about “three days” to stop being “super starstruck” while working on Sex Education.
Sex Education season 4 is streaming on Netflix now
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