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Jason Watkins opens up on ‘difficult’ days filming drama about child loss after daughter’s death 10 years ago


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Jason Watkins has revealed how the death of his two-year-old daughter Maude on New Year’s Day 2011 influenced his latest role (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Jason Watkins has spoken candidly about how the death of his two-year-old daughter Maude on New Year’s Day 2011 influenced his latest role.

The Bafta-winning star, 60, is currently starring in Channel 5’s The Catch, in which he plays a fisherman struggling to cope with the death of his son.

Watkins and his wife Clara Francis’ daughter died of sepsis more than a decade ago, and while the doting dad admitted his new role involved some ‘difficult scenes’, he spoke optimistically of the chance to ‘explore with an audience what it’s like to lose a child’.

Appearing on Wednesday’s This Morning, Watkins was asked by host Holly Willoughby whether it was hard playing a character who is grieving a child given his own loss.  

‘It is,’ the actor began. ‘Our family in the show has lost a child. We lost our daughter ten years ago. You think, “why on earth would you do something [like that]?”

‘It’s a good script and it feels real and it seemed to be a good chance to explore with an audience what it’s like to lose a child.’

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Watkins confessed: ‘I knew there were a few scenes that were going to be difficult’ (Picture: ITV)

Maude was taken to hospital in 2010 with a persistent cough and was eventually diagnosed with a respiratory infection called croup (Picture: Instagram/@Jason__Watkins)

He went on: ‘I knew there were a few scenes that were going to be difficult. I feel if you use a lot of yourself – I prepared for days that I knew were going to be difficult – then that really connects with an audience.’

Watkins also spoke about his forthcoming documentary, which is dedicated to Maude.

‘It’s about spreading awareness of sepsis,’ the star explained. ‘And it’s about letting people know that if you’ve lost a child – always mention it.

‘There’s nothing worse than feeling a child has never existed because it’s not welcome.’

Watkins is currently starring in Channel 5’s The Catch, in which he plays a fisherman struggling to cope with the death of his son (Picture: Photographer Patrick Redmond / Channel 5 Television)

Watkins and his wife Clara Francis’, pictured, daughter died of sepsis more than a decade ago (Picture: Dan Wooller/REX)

He continued: ‘If you know somebody who’s lost a child, do mention, “how are you feeling?”

‘Give them the right to talk about it […] the reason for doing [the documentary] is to say to other families, “we’re alright. We got through it, it’s difficult [but] you are not alone”.’

Maude was taken to hospital in 2010 with a persistent cough and was eventually diagnosed with a respiratory infection called croup.

However, she died within two weeks after contracting sepsis, which the NHS describes …read more

Source:: Metro

      

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