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Connor Ryan Swindells[1] (born 19 September 1996) is an English actor, model and former boxer. He is best known for his role as Adam Groff in the Netflix original series Sex Education.[2]

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

(1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 23)
Lewes, East Sussex, England
OccupationActor, model
Years active2015–present


He started acting in 2015, 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.[3]

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.[4]

In 2018, he starred as Adam in the drama film VS. directed by Ed Lilly.[5]

In 2019, he appeared alongside Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson in the Netflix comedy-drama series Sex Education as Adam Groff, the headmaster's son who's a bully and has a tense relationship with his father. His performance was met with a positive reaction from the public.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Swindells is in a relationship with his Sex Education co-star, Aimee Lou Wood.[6]



Year Title Role
2018 VS. Adam
2019 The Vanishing Donald McArthur


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Harlots Mostyn Episode: "Episode #1.3"
Jamestown Fletcher Episode: "Episode #1.5"
2019–present Sex Education Adam Groff Main role; 8 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Screen International Stars of Tomorrow Himself Won [7]
2019 MTV Movie Awards| Best Kiss (with Ncuti Gatwa) Sex Education Nominated [8]


  1. ^ "Connor Ryan Swindells". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ Tutt, Louise. "Stars of Tomorrow 2017: Connor Swindells (actor)". Screen. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Introducing Connor Swindells: Meet The Ex-Boxer Breaking Out In Rap Drama 'VS.'". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  4. ^ Lodderhose, Diana; Lodderhose, Diana (23 March 2017). "Connor Swindells Joins Gerard Butler & Peter Mullan In 'Keepers'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (19 October 2018). "VS. review – the 8 Mile of Southend". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  6. ^ Prance, Sam (16 January 2019). "'Sex Education' stars Connor Swindells and Aimee Lou Wood are dating IRL". PopBuzz. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019: The Complete List of Nominations". E!. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.

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