Jason Watkins (actor)

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Jason Watkins
Born Jason Barrington Watkins
(1963-07-30) 30 July 1963 (age 51)
England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present

Jason Watkins (born 30 July 1963) is an award-nominated[1] British stage, film and television actor.


Since training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he has established himself as a stage actor, and is a member of the National Theatre company.[2]

He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in A Servant For Two Masters (Young Vic, subsequently transferred to New Ambassadors Theatre).[3]

Other theatre work includes Rafts and Dreams at the Royal Court Theatre, Philistines and Landscape with Weapon (by Joe Penhall) at the National Theatre, London (2007) and A Laughing Matter (by April De Angelis) at the Liverpool Playhouse in 2003 (for which he was hailed as "magnificent" for his portrayal of the actor David Garrick).

Television work[edit]

Watkins' most prominent television roles have included vampire leader William Herrick in Being Human, crime suspect Jason Buliegh in Conviction, Bradley Stainer in Funland and dog-walking crime witness Francis Cross in Five Days. He also played Plornish in the 2008 BBC production of Little Dorrit, and Cabbage Patterson in the BBC's ongoing production of Lark Rise to Candleford. Watkins had a cameo in episode seven of the second series of Life on Mars, as Gene Hunt's dissolute lawyer Colin Merric.[4] In 2006 he played real life pioneering radiologist Ernest Wilson in BBC pilot Casualty 1906. He then featured in the second series of the BBC's comedy Psychoville, as Peter Bishop, owner of Hoyti Toyti, an antique shop specialising in toys. He has also appeared in the sky 1 British sitcom Trollied as the store manager Gavin. In early 2012 he joined the cast of the BBC drama Prisoners' Wives, appeared as Detective Gilks in Dirk Gently and portrayed a smooth Church of England PR man in Twenty Twelve.

On 11 May 2013 he appeared in the Doctor Who episode Nightmare in Silver featuring Cybermen and written by Neil Gaiman.[5]

In 2013, he played an anaesthetist in The Wrong Mans. In 2014, he appeared as Simon Harwood in W1A.

In 2014, he played the lead role in a two part ITV drama entitled The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, about the innocent initial suspect in the 2010 murder of Joanna Yeates.

Film work[edit]

Watkins' most prominent film role to date has been the vividly camp gay wedding planner Gregory Hough in the 2006 comedy Confetti. He has also played smaller roles in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Tomorrow Never Dies, The Golden Compass, Wild Child (2008 film) and Nativity! and its follow-up Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger. His son, Freddie, played his pupil in Nativity!.


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