What is DS Dodds’ first name? McDonald & Dodds returns to ITV1

Jason Watkins returns as DS Dodds in the ITV1 drama McDonald & Dodds – but what’s the first name of DS Dodds?

The series returns with three new feature films, but DS Dodds’ personal life remains a mystery.

Everything you need to know about Jason Watkins Off-Screen and his McDonald & Dodds character is here.

Jason Watkins as DS Dodds and Tala Gouveia as DCI Lauren McDonald at McDonald & Dodds (Image Credit: ITV1)

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Who plays DS Dodds at McDonald & Dodds?

Jason Watkins portrays DS Dodds in McDonald & Dodds.

He is described as the “humble and quietly brilliant DS Dodds” who faces Tala Gouveia’s “ambitious and lively” DCI McDonald.

The two repeat their roles in three new feature films that will be broadcast on Sunday evening at 8 p.m.

Jason says, “I love playing Dodds and I really hope to keep playing him on more shows.

“Robert Murphy, the creator, really created a wonderful character.

“You could say he’s a bit like Columbo, but there’s also a bit of Poirot in there.

“Dodds has a gentleness toward him, a naivete, but in many ways that’s his forte.

“He is able to use his perceived innocence to extract information from whoever he’s with and use it to his advantage.”

What is DS Dodds’ first name?

Creator Robert Murphy has revealed that we may never know DS Dodds’ first name.

Before the start of the second series, he said, “I could reveal Dodd’s first name in the very last episode if he ever shows up!

“The truth is, I don’t really know what his name is.

“I just decided not to give him a first name because I like a little bit of puzzles around him.

“I like to hold back some things so that the more you have to imagine about him, the more fascinating it becomes.”

Robert also reveals the real reason the viewer never sees McDonald and Dodds’ personal lives.

He says, “It’s just my preference to stay in the field with them.

“For it to be interesting, when you go home, it has to be dysfunctional, and then it goes into this whole tortured detective vein.

“The thing about McDonald and Dodds is that there isn’t a huge traumatic backstory for either of them, they’re actually quite happy.”

McDonald & Dodds is returning for a second series, but what's DS Dodds' first name?  (Photo credit: ITV1)
McDonald & Dodds is returning for a second series, but what’s DS Dodds’ first name? (Photo credit: ITV1)

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What else did Jason Watkins star in?

Perhaps the question should be: What didn’t Jason appear in?

He has appeared in both dramatic and comedy roles on television – think Tim Ifield of Line of Duty and Simon Harwood in W1A – as well as on stage.

Jason has been on our TVs since 1987 when he joined the EastEnders cast as Gerry!

He has appeared on dozen of popular shows including Five Days, Life on Mars, Lewis, and Hotel Babylon.

In 2008 he played Plornish in the BBC One adaptation of Little Dorrit and Constable Arthur ‘Cabbage’ Patterson in Lark Rise to Candleford.

He has played many comedic roles, including Peter Bishop in Psychoville, Dick Twist in Miranda, and Gavin in Trollied.

Jason won a BAFTA for his role in Christopher Jefferies’ 2014 miniseries The Lost Honor.

The actor played UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson in The Crown, Roger in Hold the Sunset and Brian Masters in Des in 2019.

Jason Watkins

Jason Watkins was born on October 28, 1966 in Albrighton, Shropshire.

He is currently 54 years old.

Rob Brydon appears in the first film in the second series by McDonald & Dodds on ITV1
Rob Brydon appears in the first film in the second series by McDonald & Dodds (Image credit: ITV1)

Is Jason Watkins Married?

Jason is married to jewelry designer and co-actress Clara Francis.

They met when Clara was 19 and Jason was 24.

Jason played at the Young Vic and Clara was his dresser.

Jason was dating someone else at the time whom he plans to marry later.

He says, “I thought I should be right with Caroline. We had married our first son, Freddie, then came our second son, Pip.

“Caroline and I were happy together for 12 years and then we broke up.

“After that I was pretty miserably lost and Clara saved me.”

Does Jason Watkins have children?

Jason got Freddie and Pip from his first marriage.

After meeting with Clara, Jason moved into her apartment in Kentish Town.

Their daughters Bessie and Maude came with them in 2007 and 2008 when they lived in a house in Camden.

It is devastating that her daughter Maude died of sepsis when she was only two years old.

Around Christmas 2010, Maude caught a cold and flu, but her symptoms became extreme.

She was released from the hospital after she was diagnosed with croup.

Jason and Clara found her dead on New Year’s morning 2011.

They had a son named Gilbert.

Jason dedicated his BAFTA Prize to Maude in 2015 and campaigned for greater awareness of sepsis.

He is also the patron of Child Bereavement UK, a charity that helps children, youth and families when a child is in grief or when a child dies.

What is DS Dodds’ first name? McDonald & Dodds series two, episode one

The first of three films brings together guest stars Martin Kemp, Patsy Kensit, Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves and Cathy Tyson.

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Jason says: “It was great to see Martin Kemp on the set because I was a Spandau ballet fan at the time.

“I liked New Romantics and groups like Thompson Twins and Everything But The Girl.

“I was in drama school in London in the 80s and we went to Camden Palace and Cafe Royal.

“It was nice to remember the 80s when I had hair!”

He also reveals a surprising connection with Patsy Kensit …

He says, “It was great chatting with Patsy Kensit too, because she was on a TV show called Silas Marner in the 80s and we gave my eldest son, Freddie, the middle name Silas.”

McDonald & Dodds returns on ITV1 Sunday February 28, 2021 at 8 p.m. for its second series of three feature films.

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