Brenda Blethyn, 76, reveals the toll filming Vera away from home has on her

‘I really don’t think I can do this anymore’: Brenda Blethyn, 76, reveals the toll filming Vera away from home has on her but says ‘never say never’ about another series

Brenda Blethyn has revealed the toll filming Vera 300 miles away from home has on her and admitted she’s unsure if she can ‘do it anymore’. 

The actress, 76, who has played DCI Stanhope for 13 years, added ‘never say never’ about filming another series. 

Vera is one of ITV‘s highest-rated shows and become a worldwide sensation, watched in more than 20 countries.

Tough: Brenda Blethyn has revealed the toll filming Vera 300 miles away from home has on her and admitted she's unsure if she can 'do it anymore'

Tough: Brenda Blethyn has revealed the toll filming Vera 300 miles away from home has on her and admitted she’s unsure if she can ‘do it anymore’

Brenda lives in Kent, more than 300 miles away from where the drama is filmed, with husband Michael Mayhew and their cockapoo, Jack. 

She told The Mirror: ‘When we finish filming, I always say, ‘I really don’t think I can do this anymore,’

‘Filming usually means six months away from home – and in 2022 it was the best part of 10 months. But then I have a rest, get my appetite back and change my mind.’  

Role: The actress, 76, who has played DCI Stanhope for 13 years, added 'never say never' about filming another series

Role: The actress, 76, who has played DCI Stanhope for 13 years, added ‘never say never’ about filming another series

She’s been doing it for 13 years, and the Northumberland-set crime drama based on the novels of Ann Cleeves remains one of Britain’s most popular shows. 

Brenda will only give the response ‘never say never’ when talking about another series.

Speaking about her co-stars, she added: ‘The emotional feeling comes in – thinking of all of the other people who are still there, who do want to do more.’

Show: Vera is one of ITV's highest-rated shows and become a worldwide sensation, watched in more than 20 countries

Show: Vera is one of ITV’s highest-rated shows and become a worldwide sensation, watched in more than 20 countries

The 11th series is set to return with four more juicy whodunnits after two of the six episodes were released last autumn and attracted a whopping seven million viewers. 

The opener sees Vera called to a container port after a hit-and-run leaves a man fighting for his life. 

Next week, Vera investigates the death of a primary school teacher found at the bottom of a cliff.

A subsequent episode involves the murder of a GP after she left home to attend to a patient – Vera discovers the doctor had spun a web of lies. The final episode sees the death of a beloved local whose body washes ashore on the River Tyne.

Vera’s team of sidekicks including DS Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty) are back too, and ex-Emmerdale actress Charlie Hardwick stars in the first episode as the head of a crime syndicate.

Although the rugged backdrop of Northumberland is an integral part of the drama, it does mean the actors often film in brutal cold. Luckily for Brenda, Vera’s matronly figure is achieved by bundling her in layers.

It's back: The 11th series is set to return with four more juicy whodunnits after two of the six episodes were released last autumn

It’s back: The 11th series is set to return with four more juicy whodunnits after two of the six episodes were released last autumn 

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