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Jason Watkins has confessed it was 'very hard to make' a new documentary about the death of his daughter Maude.

The actor, 60, has been working on Jason & Clara: In Memory of Maudie, with his wife Clara Francis, which will see the couple offer support to other families suffering through grief.

It was in 2011 when Maude, the two year-old daughter of Jason and his wife, Clara Francis, tragically died from sepsis.

'It's never worse than feeling your child never existed': Jason Watkins has admitted it was 'very hard to make' a documentary about the death of his daughter Maude, two, from sepsis

'It's never worse than feeling your child never existed': Jason Watkins has admitted it was 'very hard to make' a documentary about the death of his daughter Maude, two, from sepsis

Jason found Maude, who had been suffering from flu, dead in her bed on New Year’s Day morning. Despite two hospital visits, her flu symptoms masked the sepsis and she went undiagnosed.

The Crown star said during a Wednesday appearance on This Morning: 'I spoke to Sarah Parish and she's lost her own child, so it is about spreading awareness of sepsis, this documentary. 

'...About letting people know that if you've lost a child, always mention it. It's never worse than feeling your child never existed. It is a sharing of our story - it was very hard to make. The hope is that people will get an idea.

'It is to say to other families that there is help, by talking about it it can help you and make you feel less alone because it is a very lonely journey.'

Tragic: The actor, 60, has been working on Jason & Clara: In Memory of Maudie, with his wife Clara Francis, which will see the couple offer support to other families suffering through grief

Tragic: The actor, 60, has been working on Jason & Clara: In Memory of Maudie, with his wife Clara Francis, which will see the couple offer support to other families suffering through grief 

He also went on the daytime show to promote Channel 5's latest psychological drama, The Catch, 

Based on the best-selling novel by The Holiday author, T.M. Logan, Jason harnesses the raw grief of losing his own daughter to play bereaved father Ed in the tense four-part Channel 5 drama which airs Wednesday at 9pm.

He said 'It's a family drama that develops into a psychological drama. In the past they've lost a child, which Ed feels partly responsible for and is struggling to keep his family together.

'It is [one of the hardest things in the world and this is a particular - our family in the show has lost a child, myself and Clara we lost our daughter 10 years ago.

Opening up: The Crown star said during a Wednesday appearance on This Morning: 'I spoke to Sarah Parish and she's lost her own child, so it is about spreading awareness of sepsis'

Opening up: The Crown star said during a Wednesday appearance on This Morning: 'I spoke to Sarah Parish and she's lost her own child, so it is about spreading awareness of sepsis'

Coming soon: He also went on the daytime show to promote Channel 5's latest psychological drama, The Catch

Coming soon: He also went on the daytime show to promote Channel 5's latest psychological drama, The Catch

'You think why on earth... but it is such a good script, it comes from a real sense of family, so seems to be a good chance to explore with an audience what it's like to lose a child. Some scenes were really, really difficult.'

'There's you at one end of the tightrope and the actor at the other - it depends on how much you give. If you give a lot of yourself and look after yourself, I prepared myself if I knew a day was going to be hard.'

Sepsis, known as the ‘silent killer’, strikes when an infection such as blood poisoning sparks a violent immune response in which the body attacks its own organs. 

If caught early enough, it's easily treated with intravenous antibiotics and fluids, but these must be given as soon as sepsis is suspected - it strikes with frightening speed

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