Tom Daley crocheted a penis for Gillian Anderson

Tom Daley and Gillian Anderson

Tom Daley crocheted a rainbow-coloured penis for Gillian Anderson along with a jumper for her beloved Sex Education character, the pair have revealed.

Olympic gold medalist diver Daley picked up knitting and crocheting in 2020 – and has since turned his passion into a business, launching his brand Made With Love by Tom Daley in late 2021.

Daley has previously described his hobby as his “saviour”, particularly during lockdown, labelling it a “form of mindfulness in between training and competing”.

Now, he’s made headlines after secretly collaborating with Anderson on a colourful piece of knitwear that she wore on set for the final series of the cult Netflix show Sex Education, which dropped in September 2023.

“Wanted to say a huge huge thank you to the darling @tomdaley for knitting this fantastic jumper (and crocheted willy) for me to wear for our final season of @sexeducation,” the X-Files star’s Instagram post read.

“Together we raised just over £12k for @mindcharity, which will be divided amongst 8 local Minds who work with LGBTIQA+ communities. Thank you for your stellar knitting skills Tom and for coming to visit me on set!”

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The plan first came together in 2021, after Anderson congratulated Daley on his gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics. She urged him, when he had a “spare few minutes while conquering the world”, to crochet her character Jean Milburn a hat, scarf or honey cup. “Then we’ll auction it off for your favourite LGBTQ charity?” her original Instagram post read.

After that, everything went quiet on socials – but Daley had been knitting away behind the scenes.

Made With Love By Tom Daley even launched a collection with knitwear inspired by a handful of beloved Sex Education characters, including Otis Milburn, Eric Effiong, Maeve Wiley and Aimee Gibbs.

Fans went wild over the news – and comedian Alan Carr even joined in with a few hand-clapping emojis.

“The jumper was perfect for you!” one user wrote, whilst another commented that they “wanted one for their wife”.

“I wanted this so bad I went on an internet search for it!” someone else confessed, having fallen in love with the knit after watching the show. “I’m so glad to know it was one of a kind. I can stop looking now!”

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