Connor Swindells

Connor Ryan Swindells[1] (born 19 September 1996) is an English actor and model. Beginning his career in the mid-2010s, he came to prominence for portraying Adam Groff on the Netflix comedy-drama series Sex Education (2019–present).[2]

Connor Swindells
Connor Swindells, Jan 2019 on MTV International.jpg
Swindells in 2019
Connor Ryan Swindells

(1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 26)
Lewes, East Sussex, England
Occupation(s)Actor, model
Years active2015–present

Early lifeEdit

Swindells was born in Lewes, East Sussex. His mother died from bowel cancer when he was seven years old. He has said that he is still processing this.[3]

After her death, he and his father went to live with Connor's paternal grandparents in West Chiltington until moving out to Billingshurst, both in the Horsham District of West Sussex.[4] Swindells attended Rydon Community College and Steyning Grammar School.[5] Swindells dropped out of college at age 17.[6]


He started acting when he saw an audition poster for a local play and his friend dared him to audition; he got the lead role. He then acted in two more local plays and got an agent at the end of the third play.[7]

In 2017, he guest-starred in an episode of Harlots, portraying Mostyn. He also appeared in an episode of Sky One drama Jamestown, playing Fletcher.

In March 2017, Swindells was cast to replace Joe Alwyn as Donald in The Vanishing, a Scottish psychological thriller film directed by Kristoffer Nyholm, starring Gerard Butler and Peter Mullan. Principal photography started in April 2017, it was released on 4 January 2019.[8]

He starred as Adam in the 2018 drama film VS. directed by Ed Lilly.[9]

Since 2019, he has appeared alongside Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Asa Butterfield, and Gillian Anderson in the Netflix comedy-drama series Sex Education as Adam Groff, the headmaster's son, initially a bully who has a tense relationship with his father.

Swindells is set to appear in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, alongside Sex Education co-stars Ncuti Gatwa and Emma Mackey.[10]


  Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2018 VS. Adam
2019 The Vanishing Donald McArthur
2020 Emma Robert Martin
2021 Barbarians Dan
2023 Barbie  
TBA Scoop   Jae Donnelly [11]


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Harlots Mostyn Episode #1.3
Jamestown Fletcher Episode #1.5
2019–present Sex Education Adam Groff Main role; 24 episodes
2021 Vigil Lieutenant Simon Hadlow Miniseries
2022–present SAS: Rogue Heroes David Stirling Main role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Screen International Stars of Tomorrow Inducted [12]
2019 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Ncuti Gatwa) Sex Education Nominated [13]
2023 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Actor SAS: Rogue Heroes Pending


  1. ^ "Connor Ryan Swindells". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ Tutt, Louise. "Stars of Tomorrow 2017: Connor Swindells (actor)". Screen. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Running the Gauntlet with Connor Swindells". 21 November 2022.
  4. ^ Jones, Richard (14 January 2020). "Connor Swindells Interview: The Sex Education Star Is Arousing Interest". Fashion Beans. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Billingshurst actor stars in new film in cinemas across the UK". West Sussex County Times. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Running the Gauntlet with Connor Swindells". 21 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Introducing Connor Swindells: Meet The Ex-Boxer Breaking Out In Rap Drama 'VS.'". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (23 March 2017). "Connor Swindells Joins Gerard Butler & Peter Mullan In 'Keepers'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  9. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (19 October 2018). "VS. review – the 8 Mile of Southend". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (15 April 2022). "'Barbie': Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, Emerald Fennell, Scott Evans, More Round Out Cast Of Warner Bros, Mattel And LuckyChap Pic". Deadline. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  11. ^ Kanter, Jake (14 March 2023). "'Scoop': Connor Swindells, Romola Garai Join Cast Of Netflix's Prince Andrew Movie As Jeffrey Epstein Snapper & 'Newsnight' Editor". Deadline. Retrieved 14 March 2023.
  12. ^ "Screen unveils Stars of Tomorrow 2017 with BFI London Film Festival". Screen International. 2 October 2017. Archived from the original on 2 January 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  13. ^ "MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019: The Complete List of Nominations". E!. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.

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