Fast Facts

  • Member of the National Theatre
  • Initially intended to pursue a career as a PE teacher, but was unable to achieve the requisite grades.
  • Attended RADA at the same time as Ralph Fiennes, Iain Glen and Jane Horrocks.
  • Dedicated his 2015 BAFTA TV Award win to his late daughter, Maude, who died of sepsis at age 2 in 2011.
  • Played Mr. Twit in the Royal Court production of Roald Dahl's The Twits in 2015.


  • 2001, Olivier Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2015, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Actor: Winner


  • Avis Watkins — Mother
  • Bessie Watkins — Daughter
  • Alan Watkins — Father
  • Maude Watkins — Daughter
  • Caroline Harding — Ex-wife
  • Clara Francis — Wife
  • Pip Watkins — Son
  • Gilbert Watkins — Son
  • Freddie Watkins — Son


  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England


  • Birth Name: Jason Barrington Watkins
  • Birth Place: Albrighton, Wolverhampton, England
  • Birthday: July 30, 1963, Leo
  • Profession: Actor

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