The Crown's Jason Watkins KILLED his cat when he jumped on it with excitement after being accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Actor Jason Watkins killed his cat when he found out he'd been accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

The star of The Crown's forthcoming third season has recalled the moment he 'jumped for joy', landing on the animal and ending its life.

The 52-year-old told the Mirror: 'When I got my acceptance letter from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, I was playing a lot of ­football at the time and I jumped in the air with delight and landed on my cat and killed it.

Killed the cat: Jason Watkins jumped on his cat when he found out he'd been accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Killed the cat: Jason Watkins jumped on his cat when he found out he'd been accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

'I am sorry about that. I know it’s bleak and sometimes people laugh and some are shocked. It was a bizarre thing to happen.

'Poor thing. We buried him in the garden after. It was a weird day because it was a fabulous moment in my life and also the worst.'

Jason will play Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the BAFTA-winning series, which has begun its publicity drive ahead of its return to Netflix.

Olivia Colman, who stars as Queen Elizabeth II in the series, admitted recently that she felt nervous accepting her latest role, telling Entertainment Weekly that she has 'the worst job in the world at the moment' taking over from Claire Foy who played the part in seasons one and two.

New role: Jason will play Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the BAFTA-winning series, which has begun its publicity drive ahead of its return to Netflix

New role: Jason will play Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the BAFTA-winning series, which has begun its publicity drive ahead of its return to Netflix

Meow! The 52-year-old [pictured earlier in his career in 2003] told the Mirror - 'When I got my acceptance letter from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, I was playing a lot o­f football at the time and I jumped in the air with delight and landed on my cat and killed it'

Meow! The 52-year-old [pictured earlier in his career in 2003] told the Mirror - 'When I got my acceptance letter from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, I was playing a lot o­f football at the time and I jumped in the air with delight and landed on my cat and killed it'

Claire won an Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe during her two series on Peter Morgan's hit drama, and Olivia felt her influence on set last year. 

'It's the same as any classical play you do — everyone will have already played that part before,' she told EW. 'The first week, I did feel myself trying to do Claire impressions. "What would she have done?"'  

She added though that as the third series picks up where series two left off in 1964, it would make some sense to mimic her predecessor.  

Predecessor: Olivia Colman (pictured) who stars as Queen Elizabeth II in the series, admitted recently that she felt nervous accepting her latest role, telling Entertainment Weekly that she has 'the worst job in the world at the moment' taking over from Claire Foy who played the part in seasons one and two
Predecessor: Olivia Colman, who stars as Queen Elizabeth II in the series, admitted recently that she felt nervous accepting her latest role, telling Entertainment Weekly that she has 'the worst job in the world at the moment' taking over from Claire Foy who played the part in seasons one and two (pictured)

Predecessor: Olivia Colman (right) who stars as Queen Elizabeth II in the series, admitted recently that she felt nervous accepting her latest role, telling Entertainment Weekly that she has 'the worst job in the world at the moment' taking over from Claire Foy who played the part in seasons one and two (left)

'Maybe it was a stroke of genius that I was doing that. That's what it was! Yes, that was preplanned!' 

Despite the pressure of the role, Olivia admitted she was 'incredible uncool' when she got the call about her casting. 'The producers went, "So…" [I said,] "Yes! Yes! I'm really excited! Thank you very much!" I loved the first two seasons.'

Peter Morgan admitted in the same interview that Olivia was his first and only choice for the role although her lead in The Favourite did put a little dampener on things. 'Obviously I’d have preferred her not to be playing another queen before. But it’s so different — such a different tone,' he admitted.

The entire cast of The Crown has been switched up for the third and fourth series. 

Role of a lifetime: Despite the pressure of the role, Olivia admitted she was 'incredible uncool' when she got the call about her casting

Role of a lifetime: Despite the pressure of the role, Olivia admitted she was 'incredible uncool' when she got the call about her casting

Round three: Peter Morgan's drama will follow the royal household from 1963-1977

Round three: Peter Morgan's drama will follow the royal household from 1963-1977

Helena Bonham Carter has taken over from Vanessa Kirby in the role of Princess Margaret, while Tobias Menzies plays Prince Philip, who was previously played by Matt Smith.

Ben Daniels plays Margaret's husband Antony Armstrong-Jones - Lord Snowdon, a role previously held by Matthew Goode. 

An older Prince Charles will be played by Bafta nominee Josh O’Connor and Emerald Fennell stars as Camilla.

Emma Corrin's Diana won't be seen until series four.

Another Queen! Peter Morgan admitted in the same interview that Olivia was his first and only choice for the role although her role in The Favourite did put a little dampener on things

Another Queen! Peter Morgan admitted in the same interview that Olivia was his first and only choice for the role although her role in The Favourite did put a little dampener on things

Academy Award: Olivia won an Oscar for playing Queen Anne in The Favourite earlier this year

Academy Award: Olivia won an Oscar for playing Queen Anne in The Favourite earlier this year

The new series will depict historic moments such as the 1966 Aberfan disaster, and the first miner strikes between 1972 and 1974 alongside personal drama in the royal household, particularly the unravelling of Margaret and Antony's marriage. 

A key story that will centre around Prince Phillip will be the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing, which is viewed by many as one of the most pivotal moments of the 20th Century.

The Crown's third season will be released on Netflix on November 17, 2019.  

New cast: Helena Bonham Carter has taken over from Vanessa Kirby in the role of Princess Margaret, while Ben Daniels plays Margaret's husband Antony Armstrong-Jones
Royal couple: Fans will get to see the turbulent journey in the royal couple's marriage, eventually leading to their split in 1978 (pictured in 1960)

New cast: Helena Bonham Carter has taken over from Vanessa Kirby in the role of Princess Margaret, while Ben Daniels plays Margaret's husband Antony Armstrong-Jones

The Crown's Jason Watkins KILLED his cat when he jumped on it with excitement

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