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Brenda Blethyn is quitting ITV’s Vera after 13 years on the show.

The renowned actor has portrayed Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in every episode of the ITV crime series, which made its debut in 2011.

Today it was announced that Blethyn, 78, would be stepping away from the programme, bringing it to a close with its 14th season later this year.

“Working on Vera has been a joy from beginning to end and I’m sad to be saying cheerio. But I am so proud of our achievements over the last 14 years,” Blethyn’s statement reads.

“I’ll be forever grateful to the wonderful Ann Cleeves who created Vera, and to Elaine Collins who saw fit to cast me in the role. The producers, dream cast and crew have been fabulous and I’m going to miss them, but I won’t forget their huge talent, the camaraderie, laughter or kindness we shared nor the friendship of the people of the North East and our fans worldwide.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Blethyn concluded.

The series is filmed across the North East of England in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Northumberland.

22 April 2024                                            

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