Maeve Wiley is one of the main characters in Sex Education. She is portrayed by Emma Mackey.

Maeve is an intelligent and sarcastic social outcast and “bad girl” at Moordale Secondary School, who befriends Otis Milburn in sixth-form when the two begin a sex therapy clinic to make money off of their peers.

Maeve was raised by her older brother, Sean, in a trailer park in the small town of Moordale after their father left them and their mother, a drug addict, was arrested for drug dealing. A few months before Maeve reached sixth-form at Moordale Secondary School, Sean similarly abandoned her, forcing Maeve to scrap for money by doing her peers’ homework for them in order to afford her caravan’s rent.

When Maeve was fourteen, she was invited to Claire Tyler's 14th birthday party. There, Simon Furthassle tried to kiss her, but she rejected him. In revenge, he decided to spread a rumour about Maeve that she gave him a blowjob and bite his penis, hence her nickname as "the cock-biter", which swayed a large amount of students to turn their backs on her, or even harass her about performing sexual acts for money. This led Maeve to become an outcast within the school, as she distanced herself from the majority of people with few exceptions, such as Aimee and Jackson.

Throughout the Series[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

During her first day in sixth-form, Maeve befriends Otis when the two help Adam Groff overcome his sexual performance anxiety and subsequent abuse of viagra. Maeve then suggests that they begin a sex therapy clinic to help and charge money from other students at the school; while Maeve deals with business and appointment scheduling, Otis engages in sex therapy. Meanwhile, Maeve begins having casual sex with Jackson Marchetti before the two eventually start dating after Otis inadvertently gives Jackson advice on how to win Maeve over. When Maeve discovers that she is pregnant with Jackson’s child, she asks Otis to accompany her to get an abortion. She and Otis subsequently grow closer as the first season progresses, and the two secretly begin to develop feelings for each other. Maeve grows jealous when she sees Otis with Ola during the school dance, forcing her to come to the realization that she is in love with him. while jealous, Jackson discovers this and, before breaking up with Maeve, he tells her that Otis was the one who told him how to win her. Maeve becomes angry at Otis for breaking her trust, but soon forgives him after he apologizes. Maeve is expelled from Moordale Secondary when she takes the fall for her brother Sean, who returned after several months of absence and was caught selling drugs during the school dance. Later that day, Maeve decides to finally confess her true feelings to Otis, only to witness him kissing Ola. Maeve then mistakenly assumes that Otis does not feel the same way about her, unaware that Otis only entered a relationship with Ola due to similarly believing that Maeve did not love him back.

Season 2[edit | edit source]

A few weeks later as the new school term is about to begin, Maeve works as a cashier waitress at a shopping mall. She is confronted by her mother Erin, who has had another daughter named Elsie since she abandoned Maeve years ago. Erin begs Maeve to let her and Elsie temporarily move into her trailer, to which Maeve agrees. Not wanting to become a failure and school dropout like her mum, Maeve returns to Moordale Secondary with proof that she was responsible for writing all of the school’s award-winning literature essays for her classmates, and threatens to reveal the truth if Headmaster Groff does not let her back in immediately. Upon being re-enrolled, Maeve is convinced to join the school‘s Aptitude Scheme and Quiz Heads group by her English teacher Ms. Sands to increase her chances of being accepted by a prestigious university after completing her secondary studies. Despite a rocky start due to her independent nature, Maeve ultimately helps the Quiz Heads win a tournament of competitions.

Meanwhile, Maeve befriends a new, paraplegic neighbour in her trailer park named Isaac. Isaac later informs Maeve that her mum has been lying about securing a job and secretly returns to the caravan to take drugs while Maeve is at school. Concerned for her half-sister’s well-being, a heartbroken Maeve reports her mum’s actions to social services, causing both Erin and Elsie to be taken away by the authorities.

Maeve continues to conduct the sex therapy clinic with Otis. Per the advice of her best friend Aimee, Maeve finally reveals her true feelings to Otis, who always liked Maeve but assumed that she did not feel the same way about him. This revelation forces Otis to choose between Maeve and his current girlfriend Ola. Otis opts to remain with Ola, only for Ola to break-up with him upon realizing that he is in love with Maeve while she is in love with Lily. During a house party, Otis drunkenly confesses to liking Maeve significantly more than Ola, but states that he initially chose to stay with the latter out of fear that he would end up becoming a cheater like his father. He then accuses both Maeve and Ola of being selfish and “playing with his feelings”. The next day, Maeve expresses her disappointment in Otis for his hurtful words and subsequent one-night stand with Ruby. After receiving some much-needed advice from his father on never letting go of a true loved one, Otis calls Maeve and leaves a voicemail in which he apologizes for his many mistakes and admits to his poor errors in judgement before confessing his love for her. However, a jealous Isaac, who has secretly developed feelings for Maeve, deletes the message from her phone before she has a chance to hear it.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Love Interests and Sexual partners[edit | edit source]

Otis Milburn[edit | edit source]

A shy and introverted fellow student at Moordale Secondary, Otis starts out as Maeve’s friend and business partner for their sex clinic. Maeve and Otis soon realize that they share far more in common than they had originally thought, and before long Otis becomes one of the only people whom Maeve can confide in and rely on. As time progresses, the two begin to secretly develop romantic feelings for one another, although neither of them act on their impulses out of fear that the other does not feel the same way. It is only in the subsequent school term that Maeve and Otis confess to loving each other, and their respective poor timings in doing so once again hinders them from entering a romantic relationship yet.

Jackson Marchetti

An athletic swimmer at Moordale Secondary, Jackson and Maeve begin having casual sex at the start of sixth-form. While Jackson sought to solidify their relationship, Maeve expressed no interest in having him as a boyfriend. It is only when Otis inadvertently advises Jackson to start taking an interest in Maeve’s hobbies and to stage a grand gesture does Maeve agree to be his girlfriend. Their relationship does not last long, however, as Jackson soon comes to the realization that Maeve is truly in love with Otis when he notices the former’s jealousy upon seeing the latter with Ola at the school dance. Accepting that Maeve will never be able to fully reciprocate his feelings for her, Jackson decides to break up with Maeve and remains hostile towards both his ex-girlfriend and Otis in the subsequent school term.

Family[edit | edit source]

Sean Wiley[edit | edit source]

Maeve’s older brother who took care of her in the trailer park after their parents abandoned them. Sean originally also attended Moordale Secondary, but was expelled for bad behavior and drug dealing, causing him to abandon Maeve for many months as well. Upon returning, Sean was once again caught selling drugs at the school but Maeve takes the fall for him this time, only for Sean to abruptly leave her yet again.

Erin Wiley[edit | edit source]

Maeve's mother, Erin, finally returned after being clean for 13 months with a 3-year old daughter, Elsie. Claiming to have her life sorted out, Maeve agrees to let her live with her in the caravan. After being told by Isaac that her mum is secretly sneaking back into the caravan, Maeve catches her mum to which Erin admits that she was fired but is looking for work, Maeve issues Erin a final warning.

Maeve reports Erin to social services, after getting proof from Isaac that she is using again, in fear of her Elsie's safety. Erin and Elsie are both taken in by social services, with Erin making it to Maeve that she will never forgive her for what she has done.

Elsie Wiley[edit | edit source]

Maeve first meets her 3-year old half-sister, Elsie, when her mum returns to visit her at work. At first, Maeve was not fond of Elsie, but this quickly changed after spending time with her. Maeve babysit Elsie, alongside Cynthia, while her mum was at work or NA meetings. In fear for her sister, Maeve reports her mum to social services after discovering that she is using again, resulting in both Elsie and Erin being taken in.

Friends[edit | edit source]

Aimee Gibbs[edit | edit source]

Maeve’s best friend who was originally a member of the school’s “Untouchables” clique and thus, refused to be seen with the “unpopular” and “cock-biting” Maeve in public. Aimee later abandons her more sociable and popular friends out of loyalty to Maeve, and the two begin hanging out outside of school as well. When Aimee is sexually assaulted on a bus in the subsequent term, Maeve accompanies her in reporting this incident to the police, and eventually supports her in overcoming her fear and anxiety overtaking the bus again.

Steve[edit | edit source]

Aimee's gentle boyfriend who later becomes Maeve’s teammate on the Moordale Quiz Heads. After Steve expresses concern over Aimee’s behavior following her sexual assault, Maeve reassures him that Aimee still loves him but just needs some time to cope and get back to normal.

Isaac

Maeve’s next-door neighbor at the trailer park in which she resides, Isaac attempts to spark a friendship with her upon realizing that they were both abandoned by their respective parents at a young age. Isaac later helps Maeve to spy on Erin when she suspects her mother of lying to her. After Erin’s unwilling departure, Maeve goes to Isaac for comfort. However, Isaac develops obsessive romantic feelings for Maeve, and deletes a voicemail message on her phone left by Otis in which the latter confesses his love to her.

Emily Sands[edit | edit source]

The English teacher at Moordale Secondary School who supports and encourages the initially unenthusiastic Maeve to aim higher and strive for excellence. Maeve is Ms. Sands’ most favored student due to her nature as a “brilliant writer”, and the latter even helped the former to get re-enrolled into the school after she was expelled. Ms. Sands later recruits Maeve for the school’s Aptitude Scheme and Quiz Heads team to help increase her chances of getting into a prestigious university after her secondary studies.

Enemies and Rivals[edit | edit source]

Simon Furthassle[edit | edit source]

He was the boy who started Maeve's nickname "Cock Biter" by telling everyone that she bit his penis in the middle of a blow job when in truth, she pushed him away while he tried to kiss her at Claire Tyler's 14th birthday.

Ruby Matthews[edit | edit source]

Ruby is always on the front line when it comes to making fun of Maeve or calling her by her cruel nickname "cockbiter" even after she has helped her without expecting any compensation. During episode 2.1, Maeve, irritated by Ruby's behavior, revealed to the whole school via the loudspeakers that she was one of her many clients for writing false essays. Although the animosity between them has so far never been more than a deep mutual contempt, the revelation of Otis having his first sexual intercourse with Ruby may have changed the situation as it seems to have particularly affected Maeve.

Anwar[edit | edit source]

Olivia Hanan[edit | edit source]

Michael Groff[edit | edit source]

The Headmaster of Moordale Secondary School that holds a grudge against Maeve because of her brother Sean. He later expels Maeve from Moordale for supplying drugs on school campus during prom, as she was taking the fall for her brother and protecting him and Otis. Mr Groff reluctantly reinstates Maeve after she and Miss Sands both threaten to expose that Adam's award winning essay, amongst others, was written by Maeve.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Maeve is a highly intelligent teenager with a bold and sarcastic personality who generally keeps to herself. Described by Otis as a pessimist with “gems of nihilistic wisdom”, she possesses a sardonic and morbid sense of humor and commonly mocks and insults her peers. Despite her harsh and “mean” exterior, however, Maeve has proven capable of demonstrating extreme acts of kindness and compassion towards those closest to her, such as Otis and Aimee. She has demonstrated a high aptitude for English literature, history, and philosophy, among other subjects. Maeve is an avid reader and writer who enjoys literary novels by authors like Jane Austen, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Roxane Gay, and Jhumpa Lahiri. According to Otis, Maeve also has a "great taste in music" and listens to bands like Joy Division, Nirvana, Sløtface, and Bikini Kill.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season One (8/8)

Season Two (8/8)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Season 2[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Sorry, it's like a third leg.
— Maeve to Adam[src]
That was a rhetorical question.
— Maeve to Otis[src]
Twelve. Wish I knew who the father was.
— Maeve to a cashier[src]
You look like a wotsit. Nice hat.
— Maeve to Otis and Eric[src]
I have a hatchet and I know a good place to hide a body.
— Maeve to Otis[src]
That men are dicks and selective castration is our only hope.
— Maeve to Jackson[src]
That makes me sick.
— Maeve to Otis[src]
...I don't do boyfriends.
— Maeve to Otis[src]
Disappear again and I'll stab you in the eye.
— Maeve to Sean[src]
Yeah of course, I'm not a troglodyte.
— Maeve to Jackson[src]

References[edit | edit source]

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