Laurie Nunn

Meet rising star Lily Newmark

Lily Newmark (Credit: Netflix)

Lily Newmark is increasingly hard to miss on screen, dividing her time between TV – Sex Education, Temple and Les Misérables – and UK film – Nick Hornby adaptation Juliet, Naked, the critically acclaimed Pin Cushion and Misbehaviour, set during the 1970 Miss World competition. She even had a blink-and-you-miss-it role in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Netflix's Sex Education is not only for the young

Gillian Anderson (Credit: Netflix)

Few series by the streamers have made as much noise as Netflix’s Sex Education, which brings the genre of the US high-school teen drama to the UK – and adds plenty of gauche sex.

The global giant released the second season of the comedy-drama in January. A few days earlier, the first episode was premiered at a joint RTS Cymru Wales/Bafta Cymru event in Cardiff.

Sex Education creator Laurie Nunn on transforming the awkward teenage experience into a TV masterpiece

“I had got to a point before this happened where I was thinking about retraining. I’d just turned 30 and I thought, I’ve been doing this for so long and I can’t see it happening.” This frank admission by Laurie Nunn might bring some comfort to the thousands of other aspiring writers, hoping to emulate her apparently instant success and become Netflix’s next creative wunderkind.