Legendary ITV crime drama series is axed after 14 years on screen as lead star gives an emotional farewell

Iconic ITV drama Vera has come to an end after 14 years on screens.

Leading star Brenda Blethyn said: ‘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 fourteenyears. 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.’ 

Iconic ITV drama Vera has come to an end after 14 years on screens

Legendary film, theatre and television actress, Brenda Blethyn OBE, is to return to the iconic role of Vera for one, final series.

The Academy and Emmy nominated actress has confirmed she has decided to hang up DCI Vera Stanhope’s infamous trench coat and hat following the filming of series 14 this summer, which she’ll film alongside the cast, crew and production team she values as friends in her beloved Northumberland and North East.

Since filming began on Vera in 2011, inspired by the character created by bestselling author and Diamond Dagger award-winning writer Ann Cleeves, Brenda’s love, passion and appetite for the drama and the character of Vera has never faltered.

Kate Bartlett said: ‘It is the end of an era and has been an extraordinary journey over fourteen amazing series of Vera. 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.’

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