Bafta-winning actor Jason Watkins opens up about the the 'awful tragedy that engulfed us' after his two-year-old daughter Maude died from sepsis infection

  • Actor was speaking on Good Morning Britain to raise awareness of sepsis
  • Lost young Maude to illness which arrived with simple 'flu like symptoms'
  • Skin had become mottled and rashed and her breathing became difficult
  • UK Sepsis Trust today launch pocket-sized guidebook to help parents identify sepsis symptoms quickly

Bafta award winning actor Jason Watkins has spoken publicly about the tragic death of his two-year-old daughter for the first time

Bafta award winning actor Jason Watkins has spoken publicly about the tragic death of his two-year-old daughter for the first time

Bafta award winning actor Jason Watkins has spoken publicly about the tragic death of his two-year-old daughter for the first time.

The much-loved star lost his cherished girl Maude on New Years Day 2011 when she was struck down by sepsis - an infection that kills more than three times the number of Brits who die of breast cancer every year,

A type of blood poisoning, sepsis causes the body's immune system to go into overdrive, leading to the death of one in every three of those who catch it. 

Watkins, who won two Baftas for his role in ITV series The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, first shared news of his daughter's passing in accepting his Best Actor award in 2014.

However, speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier today, the 49-year-old opened-up in a heartbreaking interview about the day he lost young Maude.

He said: 'She was just drifting in and out of consciousness and her skin was pale. At least now we know the classic signs of sepsis... they did everything they could have done.

'Nobody did anything wrong. 

'Because it wasn't tested when I took her away and put her to bed that night, we did all the things we were told to do and every convention of how you treat [these flu-like symptoms].

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'She died in the night.

'I went in the morning, my wife was there and our other daughter… it was awful.' 

The popular actor, who plays Simon Harwood in BBC's spoof-documentary  W1A, was speaking in the hope of alerting new parents on the need to be aware of the killer illness, and the fact that it can strike newborn babies as well as toddlers.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier today, the 49-year-old opened-up in a heartbreaking interview about the day he lost young Maude (pictured)

Speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier today, the 49-year-old opened-up in a heartbreaking interview about the day he lost young Maude (pictured)

The Bafta Award winner's wife stands holding the couple's cherished daughter, who died on New Years Day nearly five years ago

The Bafta Award winner's wife stands holding the couple's cherished daughter, who died on New Years Day nearly five years ago

He is throwing his weight behind a pocket guide for parents, put together by the UK Sepsis Trust.

The palm-sized book highlights the exact signs and symptoms to look out for in young children, and is hoped will provide a vital lifeline to those struck down by sepsis.

Jason said: 'I'm in a privileged position that I can share my story. There are lots of parents that are shouting in the dark.

Actor Jason Watkins, with his late daughter Maude, to whom he dedicated his Bafta award and is now fighting on behalf of for the well-being of millions of other young children

Actor Jason Watkins, with his late daughter Maude, to whom he dedicated his Bafta award and is now fighting on behalf of for the well-being of millions of other young children

The grieving actor insisted that offering advice to other parents in the wake of Maude's death is proving to be a therapeutic experience for he and wife, Clara Francis, adding that 'it helps us with our loss'

The grieving actor insisted that offering advice to other parents in the wake of Maude's death is proving to be a therapeutic experience for he and wife, Clara Francis, adding that 'it helps us with our loss'

'I'm here because I don't want anyone else to have to suffer this terrible loss and tragedy that has engulfed us.

 'While there were symptoms of flu or whatever we thought it could be, underneath was this sepsis.

'There is mottled skin, difficult breathing, a rash that doesn't go away. All of these kind of things.

'The cause of death is often masked.'

When receiving his Best Actor award at the 2014 Bafta ceremony in London, Jason first shared the news publicly of his treasured daughter's death.

Watkins said last night: 'If there is a reason why I'm standing here it is because of our Maudie, so thank you'
Watkins said last night: 'If there is a reason why I'm standing here it is because of our Maudie, so thank you'

In accepting his Best Actor award at the 2014 Baftas, Watkins said: 'If there is a reason why I'm standing here, it is because of our Maudie, so thank you'

In his winning speech, he said: 'There is one person that I am going to dedicate this to and along with my family ... I'm going to share this with our daughter who we lost just a few days funnily enough after Joanna Yeates' death.

'If there is a reason why I'm standing here it is because of our Maudie, so thank you.'

The Department of Health today announced vital steps for healthcare professionals to follow in instances of dangerously fever.

The popular actor, who plays Simon Harwood in BBC's spoof-documentary W1A, was speaking in the hope of alerting new parents on the need to be aware of the killer illness, and the fact that it can strike newborn babies as well as toddlers 

The popular actor, who plays Simon Harwood in BBC's spoof-documentary W1A, was speaking in the hope of alerting new parents on the need to be aware of the killer illness, and the fact that it can strike newborn babies as well as toddlers 

The actor insisted that offering advice to other parents is proving to be a therapeutic experience for he and wife, Clara Francis, adding that 'it helps us with our loss'.

He said: 'You don't want it to be healed - you almost want an open wound because you're then still with the person you've lost. She's still with me.

'What you do is accommodate the loss into your life. You lose someone but you don't lose the memory.'

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