Gillian Anderson interview: the Sex Education star on midlife, menopause and single motherhood – The Times

Golden Globe winner, activist, mother of three: Gillian Anderson makes midlife look easy and now she is reprising her role as the outrageous sex therapist Jean in Sex Education. Lorraine Candy meets a woman in her prime

The Sunday Times,January 11 2020, 6:00pm

There is a moment in the second series of Netflixs Sex Education when Gillian Andersons character, Jean, sighs a deep resigned sigh as she is lying in bed one morning and spots the messy pile of small change her latest lover, Jakob, has left on her bedside table.

Its my favourite moment of this uplifting show about the tangled love lives of British secondary school teens that manages to appeal to both parents and adolescents alike. Anderson plays the outrageously inappropriate sex therapist Jean Milburn, a stylish, confident single mother.

The sight of those coins will resonate with any woman of Andersons age and stage of life (she is 51), whatever kind of relationship they are in.

These pennies, a symbol of how untidy life

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