For the most part, the success of a film
comes down to public reception. What
will Rotten Tomatoes say? Will its
characters be transcendent or faded
figures that fall from memory? Maeve
Wiley proved to be the former. Sex
education on the national curriculum
promised unwieldy and uncomfortable
conversations, but the Netflix show
promised the opposite, shattering
through the taboo with force. All of a
sudden, everyone was talking about it,
and its female frontrunner, Emma Mackey.
In turn, Mackey didn’t so much rise
onto the international stage, rather she
soared meteorically, at the helm of a
show that sought to challenge and
elucidate the awkwardness behind sex. 

But maintaining self after a big break
isn't always as easy as the ride up to
the top. “I've taken quite a big break,”
smiles Mackey, dressed in a patterned
robe, as she walks towards a speaker
to quieten its sound, but not before
bellowing along with an unexpected
but gracious harmony. Is it good to be
back? “Well, I mean…” she laughs,
gesturing towards the palatial view of
London’s skyscraper, through panoramic
windows of a ritzy hotel suite, just a few
floors from the top. The view from the
top isn’t all so bad. It seems fitting for
Mackey’s sudden ascension, and her
state of mind following the adjustment
to the high heights of fame. Now in 2022,
with three new roles and a desire to
direct, she’s enjoying the view with a
new state-of-mind. Covering our Spring
2022 issue, Mackey talks about becoming braver,
taking control of her future and never being

Emma Mackey wears dress by Lydia Jackson, jewellery by Bvlgari

Photography by Zachary Chick
Fashion by Toni-Blaze Ibekwe
Words by Scarlett Baker
Hair by Carlos Ferraz at Carol Hayes Management using T3 Hair Tools
Make-up by Charlotte Yeomans using Victoria Beckham Beauty
Nails by Rebecca Jade Wilson at The Wall Group
Set design by Hugo Aguirre
Editorial Director Huw Gwyther
Art Director Jeffrey Thomson
Production Director Morgane Millot
Photo assistant Emmie McNair
Fashion assistants Danielle Lobban and Yasmin Williams
Assistant Designer Lily Pichon Flannery
Special thanks to the Shangri-La Hotel and Status PR

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Emma Mackey wears Gucci, in WONDERLAND SPRING 2022 ISSUE