Emma Margaret Tachard-Mackey is a French-British actress. She is best known for her role as Maeve Wiley in the Netflix original series Sex Education. Emma Tachard-Mackey was born in Le Mans, France, to a French father and a British mother. Her father, Philippe, is a headmaster. Her mother, Rachel, is a volunteer at a charity. She grew up in Sablé-sur-Sarthe and received her Baccalauréat (specialized in Literature) in Nantes, in 2013. She moved to the United Kingdom at age 17, and later attended the University of Leeds where she studied theatre, performed in productions at the Workshop Theatre and directed plays for the university's theatre group.