Ncuti Gatwa

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Ncuti Gatwa
Gatwa in January 2019
Born (1992-10-16) 16 October 1992 (age 26)
ResidenceLondon, England,
United Kingdom
Alma materRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
Years active2014–present
Home townDunfermline, Fife,

Ncuti Gatwa (/ˈʃti/;[1] born 16 October 1992) is a Scottish[2][3] actor. He is best known for his role as Eric Effiong in the Netflix original series Sex Education, for which he has received strong praise for his "scene-stealing" portrayal of a gay black teen.[4][5][6]

Early life[edit]

Gatwa was born in Rwanda on 16 October 1992 to Rwandan parents.[7] He was raised in Edinburgh and Dunfermline, in Scotland. He studied drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.[8] He graduated from there in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting.[9]


In May 2018, it was announced that Gatwa would star alongside Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield in the Netflix comedy-drama series Sex Education as Eric. The series was released on 11 January 2019, to critical acclaim.[10]

Gatwa's portrayal of Eric Effiong in Sex Education has received praise from critics and cultural commentators, who noted his character was not relegated to the cliché of gay or black best friend stock character.[5][6]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Bob Servant Male Customer 1 episode
2015 Stonemouth Dougie 2 episodes
2019–present Sex Education Eric Effiong Main role; 8 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2019 MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Sex Education Nominated [11]
2019 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Connor Swindells) Sex Education Nominated [12]


  1. ^ Sex Education Thirst Trap 101 With Ncuti Gatwa From Sex Education Netflix. YouTube. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Ncuti Gatwa (@NcutiGatwa)". Twitter. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa discusses 'being a minority within a minority'". SBS. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  4. ^ "From Ncuti Gatwa to floral tributes: this week's fashion trends". The Guardian. 1 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b Lockett, Dee (22 January 2019). "Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa Doesn't Want to Play the Gay Best Friend". Vulture. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b Okundaye, Jason (22 January 2019). "Sex Education's vital, complex portrayal of black queer teenhood". Dazed. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  7. ^ Negi, Shrishti (6 February 2019). "Ncuti Gatwa of 'Sex Education' on His Unapologetic & Carefree Portrayal of a Gay, Black Teenager". News18. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Ncuti Gatwa". Dundee Rep Theatre. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  9. ^ "BA Acting Showcase Class of 2013" (PDF). Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Sex Education: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
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