Vera star Brenda Blethyn opens up on thoughts of retiring: ‘Had crossed my mind’

Brenda Blethyn recalls 'losing her Vera hat' on set

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The hit ITV crime drama, which sees the 75-year-old actress sporting the iconic trench coat and hat as the Georgie detective, has won fans over since it first aired 10 years ago. Series 11 has just come to end, with Vera and her sidekick Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty), attempting to solve another head-scratching murder. But Vera star Brenda admitted she almost retired before Vera came along, meaning the series could have been completely different.

“I don’t know how serious I was, but it [retirement] had crossed my mind,” the actress of the titular character admitted.

“It is such a wonderful character to play, and I thought: ‘I’ll do my best on the pilot’, and when that got the stamp of approval from ITV, that they wanted to invest in it and make more episodes, I was thrilled.”

It’s a good thing she decided to stick it out, because a decade on, Vera is still going strong.

Fans of the ITV show flock to the set every time filming is confirmed, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite protagonist.

Continuing her recollections during an interview with The Shields Gazette, Brenda remembered one incident where a fan rushed up to her excitedly.

She explained how the scene had to be shot again when the viewer flung her arms around Brenda.

“They had to do the entire shot again,” she said. “No one was cross, it was sweet. It was funny.”

Sunday’s episode was the final instalment of series 11, and the show shared a moving tribute to crew member Mark Allen, who died earlier this year.

Kenny, who plays Aiden, led the tributes with a post on Twitter to his 23,000 followers.

He wrote “Thank you for lovely messages. Wonderful ep & fantastic cast & director @cebohon1.

“Big respect to our crew. Especially Mark Allen – who sadly passed away.”

Fans were quick to share their condolences with the set painter who had worked with the show for eight years.

He never appeared on-screen, but the designer also helped to paint the scene for several other programmes including the likes of An Inspector Calls.

Mark sadly contracted coronavirus earlier this year, and following complications, he passed away in April.

The episodes of Vera which have aired recently will have featured the last few works Mark will have completed before he became ill.

Only two instalments of the show made up series 11, as bosses at ITV had to delay production due to the pandemic.

The first two episodes had to air seven months later than originally planned.

The following four instalments which make up series 11 won’t air until 2022, as they are currently still being filmed.

Feature-length episodes have been confirmed for the rest of the series following the two-hour long segments which concluded on Sunday.

Vera is available to watch on the ITV hub.

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