Ncuti Gatwa is the young breakout star of the critically acclaimed new Netflix series ‘Sex Education‘. Gatwa’s career is just getting started and based on all the positive reactions around his performance on Sex Education, he’s gonna be around a long time. So in order to get to know the young actor, here are 5 facts to help you out:
1. How Old Is He?
Ncuti Gatwa was born on October 16th in 1992. He is 27 years old, as of October 2019.
2. He was born in Rwanda
Ncuti Gatwa is British. He grew up in Edinburgh in Scotland and his parents are from Rwanda. In an interview with the Guardian, Ncuti said he was a toddler when he and his family moved from Rwanda as refugees, fleeing the genocide. Ncuti then grew up in Oxgangs and Fife in Scotland.
3. He studied theatre
Before Sex Education, Ncuti studied acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and went on to specialize in theatre. He has performed in many major productions including a stint as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
4. He’s been in many other shows
As well as starring in Sex Education, Ncuti Gatwa has had parts in two mini-series. He played Dougie in Stonemouth and an extra in Bob Servant. He then played the role of Timidius in Horrible Histories: The Movie in 2019.
5. He was once homeless
In an interview with The Big Issue, Ncuti revealed he spent five months sofa-surfing before landing his role on the Netflix series. “I didn’t have a home. I was homeless. The only thing stopping me from being on the streets was the fact I had friends. But you can use up that goodwill. Or you feel scared to ask people for help. Your pride kicks in.”