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Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa reveals he was homeless before landing Netflix show and opens up about mental health battle

SEX Education's Ncuti Gatwa has revealed he was homeless before starring in the Netflix show.

The 27-year-old opened up on a very tough period in his life, which saw him run out of savings and have to give up his London flat as a result.

Ncuti, who plays a gay black teen Eric Effiong in the comedy, spoke to the Big Issues and explained that he went a number of months without an acting job, before finally getting his big break.

He said: "Being a 25 year old man with no money or job affected my sense of self-worth," he said. "Rejection became unbearable. Auditions weren't just acting jobs, they were lifelines."

Rwanda-born Gatwa was given a glimmer of hope when he received an offer to live in his flat rent-free and pay in arrears, but when that did not materialise, he realised he was in big trouble.

He added: "As I was standing on the street with my suitcases, one thought came into my head: 'I'm homeless."

As if things weren't hard enough for him, he struggled with his mental health but kept it to himself.

He recalled: "I developed depression. But I never let people know how down I was feeling. That would have been another burden for my friends to take on. My mind became my biggest enemy."

It was such a very challenging time for the actor, he thanked his friends for helping to stay strong and turn things around.

Ncuti gushed: "I couldn't have got through without two wonderful friends. One made me stay with her and the other wired me money for food every week. Their generosity was incredible but difficult to accept as it meant accepting what my situation had become – and it was a situation I could barely comprehend.

He continued: "To the outside world everything seemed fine, I was temping at Harrods. I'd wake from the double bed I shared with my best friend, leave the house in a slick-looking trench coat and polished brogues without a hair out of place.

"I was complimented for looking so presentable. When I lost weight due to only eating once a day, people said how lean and healthy I looked."

Fans will be to know they will see more of Ncuti is his role, as Sex Education season three is ‘to begin filming in August’ as Netflix kick starts UK production after lockdown.

Filming was originally meant to begin this month, Deadline reports production on the next installment could begin as early as August.

Netflix hasn't officially confirmed the reports as the potential August start date is subject to change depending on the virus and its spread.

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