Brenda Blethyn says she will play Vera on a ‘zimmer’ if necessary as she talks show future

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Brenda Blethyn, 75, has admitted she would be up for playing her character DCI Vera Stanhope well into her old age, even if it meant she needed a “zimmer” to help her film scenes. The star of the much-loved detective series Vera has no plans to depart the programme where she feels “comfortable”.

I can play Vera on a zimmer

Brenda Blethyn

Opening up on the future of her role in the show, Brenda said: “I’m fit and well. Why not? It’s a comfort. 

“You want Vera to go on. You look forward to doing more. 

“After you’ve had a breather. But I don’t think I can play Vera on a zimmer. Or maybe I can,” she teased to Metro Online.

Brenda Blethyn also recently updated fans on Twitter regarding the hugely popular drama.

Brenda also recently updated fans on Twitter regarding the hugely popular drama.

She confirmed that filming for season 11 will recommence shortly, with some new episodes finished and available to watch later this year.

The remaining episodes in the series will air in 2022.

In the ITV programme, Brenda plays Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, a character she has portrayed since the show first aired back in 2011.

On social media, she fielded questions from viewers, who are full of anticipation about new episodes.

Brenda divulged new scenes would be shown in a “couple of months”.

One follower typed: “Is it true that series 11 of vera will be on TV in 2022?” 

Brenda responded: “There will be a couple of new eps in 2021 and more in 2022.” (sic)

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The majority of her fans rushed over to the comments section as they expressed elation over the news.

“Thank goodness. Vera is my all time favourite detective/crime series,” one said.

While another commented: “Just when you think today can’t get any more positive I find this little gem.”

“Fabulous news!!!” a third user agreed.

A fourth commented: “I’ve rewatched the series twice. I’m desperate for the new season… Please say the new ones are coming this year! Can’t wait until 2022!”

They further queried: “Brenda did you manage to finish filming Vera last year?”

“Thank you,” replied Brenda.

“We filmed two eps to be shown in a couple of months and we start filming another 4 very soon,” she confirmed.

Vera is repeated tonight on ITV One at 8.30pm.

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