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Vera to come to an end as Brenda Blethyn announces departure from show


Hit ITV detective drama Vera is to come to an end following star Brenda Blethyn’s announcement that she will leave the show after more than a decade.

The programme, set and shot in Northumberland, will return for a 14th and final series in the form of two 120-minute episodes to be filmed this summer.

Based on the Vera Stanhope novels written by North East writer Ann Cleeves, the show has been a regular fixture of Sunday evening television since 2011.

Blethyn has starred in the role throughout, winning the Rose d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award for her portrayal of the detective in 2021.

“Working on Vera has been a joy from beginning to end and I’m sad to be saying Cheerio,” the 78-year-old actress said. “But I am so proud of our achievements over the last 14 years.

“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.”

Executive producer Kate Bartlett, from Silverprint Pictures, has worked on many of the series since the show’s inception. She thanked Blethyn, Cleeves and the crew for their efforts.

“It is the end of an era and has been an extraordinary journey over 14 amazing series of Vera,” Bartlett said.

“So many wonderful and talented people have been involved in the making of Vera across all the series, but none of us would be here without two incredible women: firstly, the absolutely extraordinary talent of the inimitable Brenda Blethyn.

“She is brilliant as DCI Vera Stanhope, a truly iconic character of our times. And – of course – the amazing Ann Cleeves, author of the original novels and creator of DCI Vera Stanhope.

“We will all be very sad to say goodbye to Brenda and everyone involved in making the show.”

All 13 seasons of Vera are available to stream on ITVX.

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