The Bafta-winning actor is one of Britain’s finest stars of stage and screen
HE was the head bloodsucker who wanted to turn the whole world into vampires in Being Human.
Since then he has been a supermarket manager, wedding planner and a camp men’s department sales assistant.
Jason Watkins is one of Britain’s finest and most versatile actors but, as returns to our screens in cop drama Line of Duty, what do we know about him?
Who is Jason Watkins?
He was born on July 30 1966 in Albrighton, Shropshire, England to father Alan, a metallurgist, and teacher mother Avis.
He attended St Mary’s Primary School before the family moved to London when Jason was nine years old.
Jason is married to jewellery designer Calara Francis and they have two children, Bessie and Gilbert.
On New Year’s Day 2011, their daughter Maude died from sepsis aged just two-and-a-half.
How did Jason get into acting?
Jason trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
He got his first role in the 1993 film Buddha of Suburbia playing the part of Terry and went on to have small parts in Hotel Babylon and Blue Murder.
Jason also started to develop a stage career and in 2001, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in A Servant For Two Masters.
What was Jason’s big break?
In 2009, he was cast as powerful vampire William Herrick in the BBC Three horror comedy drama Being Human.
It was a role that he played for three years and made him a household name and saw him nominated for an SFX Award for Best Monster/Villain.
While on the show, he also landed the role of DI Gilks in the comedy detective drama Dirk Gently, a reoccurring role he played for two years.
Then, in 2011, he was cast as supermarket manager Gavin Strong in the Sky 1 sitcom Trollied alongside Jane Horrocks.
What else has Jason been in?
He has had guest parts in Miranda, Doctor Who and The Wrong Mans.
In 2014, he was cast as Simon Harwood in W1A, the follow-up to the Bafta-winning comedy Twenty Twelve, and a new series is due to air in 2017.
The same year, Jason starred as Christopher Jefferies in the two-part series The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, for which he won the Bafta TV Award for Best Actor and which he dedicated
In 2016, Jason starred as Pastor Hansford alongside James Nesbitt in the four-part drama The Secret and the same years appeared in two episodes of The Hollow Crown.
He was then cast as Malcolm Turner, Helena Bonham carter’s neighbour in Love, Nina and starred in an episode of Friday Night Dinner.
Jason also played Mr Humphries in the revival of Are You Being Served and in the Tom Hardy drama Taboo as Soloman Coop.
In 2017, he joined the cast of the BBC police drama Line of Duty for the fourth series which begins on Sunday March 26.
What films has Jason been in?
Jason starred as Principal Warfare Officer in the 1997 Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.
He also starred in the second Bridget Jones film Edge of Reason and camp wedding planner Gregory Hough in Confetti.
In 2009, he was cast as Gordon Shakespeare in Nativity, a role he reprised for the second and third film.
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