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Aimee Lou Wood and Connor Swindells were a couple off-screen as well as on-screen, but they split before the release of Sex Education season three.
Aimee and Connor split in 2020 after two years of dating.
In season one we saw Aimee and Connor’s on-screen characters Aimee Gibbs and Adam Groff in the midst of a typically awkward teenage relationship, but things seemed to go much smoother for the pair off-screen.
Here’s everything we know about Aimee and Connor's relationship away from Sex Education, including why they split.
In an interview with Grazia, Aimee said they broke up after some time apart, saying they still have a lot of respect for each other and that their split was an amicable one.
She said: "We'd had some time apart and then we realised that maybe the relationship wasn't serving us both. We still really love each other and respect each other. It was an okay breakup, it wasn't dramatic."
Aimee went on: "I felt like a dam burst, then all of a sudden I was hurting, but I needed to be there, because I'd become a bit numb and it was nice to suddenly feel everything again."
The young actors of course met while filming the first series of Sex Education in 2018, where they played a couple on-screen as Aimee and Adam.
In fact, the very first scene of series one is the couple having sex in Adam’s bedroom.
While they didn’t confirm their romance until the new show had been out for a few months, their frequent (now-deleted) social media posts about one another were a pretty big clue they were more than friends.
Aimee and Connor made it no secret they were in a relationship after filming Sex Education, with the actress sharing a heartfelt Instagram post on her beau’s birthday in September 2018.
In a series of photos to accompany her birthday wishes, the duo had clearly had an adventurous few months together.
And in an interview with The Telegraph in February 2019, weeks after the second series had aired, Connor confirmed he and his co-star were an item.
He also insisted their on-screen sex life was not to be mistaken for their off-screen chemistry.
The actor said: "There is no confusion to be had between our sex scenes on the show and our own personal life."
Ahead of his birthday in 2019, Connor revealed how close they had become when he revealed his nickname for the actress, calling her “the cherub” in a sweet Instagram post.
Talking about how their sex scenes are choreographed by an intimacy director to ensure any awkwardness is kept to a minimum, Connor added to the Telegraph how he and Aimee, and the rest of the cast, were prepared for the scenes.
He added: “That way, it's like you're not taking anything from your own life.
"When you do that, you get home at the end of the day and you're depressed and you feel vulnerable, because you've just shown people what you do in the most personal, vulnerable situation."
Aimee also agreed that the choreography put her mind at ease, saying once it’s been rehearsed fully clothed it’s “really fun, actually.”
Sex Education season three is available to stream on Netflix from 17 September.