Brenda Blethyn, 76, reveals how Vera’sarrom Home filming affected her
‘I really don’t think I can do it anymore’: Brenda Blethyn, 76, reveals filming Vera far from home affected her but says ‘never say never’ about another series
Brenda Blethyn revealed the impact of filming Vera 300 miles from home, and admitted she wasn’t sure if she could “do it anymore.”
Filming another series, added the actress, 76, who played DCI Stanhope for 13 years.
Vera is one of ITV’s highest rated shows and has become a worldwide sensation, being seen in over 20 countries.
Tricky: Brenda Blethyn revealed the impact of filming Vera 300 miles from home, and admitted she wasn’t sure if she could “do it anymore.”
Brenda lives in Kent, more than 300 miles from where the drama was filmed, with her husband, Michael Mayhew, and their cockatoo, Jack.
I told Mirror: “When we’re done filming, I always say, ‘I don’t think I can do that anymore,'”
Filming usually means you’ll be away from home for six months – and in 2022 it was the best part of 10 months. But then I relax, get my appetite back and change my mind.
The role: The actress, 76, who played DCI Stanhope for 13 years, added “Never Say Never” about filming another series.
It’s been doing it for 13 years, and the crime drama set in Northumberland based on the novels by Anne of Cleves remains one of Britain’s most popular shows.
Brenda would only give the reply “never say never” when talking about another series.
Speaking of her co-stars, she added, “The emotional feeling comes in — thinking of all the other people who are still out there, who want to do more.”
Show: Vera is one of ITV’s highest rated shows and has become a worldwide sensation, seen in over 20 countries
Series eleven is set to return with another four exciting episodes, after two of the six episodes were released last autumn and attracted seven million viewers.
The opening sees Vera summoned to a container port after a hit-and-run leaves a man fighting for his life.
The next week, Vera investigates the death of a primary school teacher who was found at the bottom of a cliff.
A later episode involves the murder of a female GP after she leaves home to tend to a patient – Vera discovers that the doctor has woven a web of lies. The final episode sees the death of a beloved local resident whose body is washed ashore on the River Tyne.
Vera’s team of assistants is back including DS Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty), and former Emmerdale actress Charlie Hardwicke stars in the first episode as the head of a crime syndicate.
Although the rugged backdrop of Northumberland is integral to the drama, this means that the actors are often portrayed in a cold, brutal setting. Luckily for Brenda, Vera’s curvaceous figure is achieved by layering it up.
It’s back: Series eleven is set to return with four more exciting episodes after releasing two of the six episodes last fall.