ITV Vera fans go wild for final season announcement as former star spotted on set

Fans of Vera are in for a surprise as it's been confirmed that the much-loved Jon Morrison will be returning for the show's final series, after being spotted on set in Northumberland on Friday.

Jon has been playing Kenny Lockhart, a key member of DCI Stanhope's team at Northumbria and City Police, from the start.

His straightforward work style and relationship with his equally frank boss have made him a favourite among viewers.

Since shooting began for the 14th and last series at the end of May, Brenda Blethyn and returning co-star David Leon are the only main stars seen in locations such as Blyth, Gateshead, South Shields and Hartlepool.

However, fans who were concerned about Jon's absence can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Jon as Kenny Lockhart in Vera
Jon as Kenny Lockhart in Vera -Credit:ITV

He was seen on set alongside Brenda and David, as the Vera cast filmed a large crowd scene in the Northumberland village of Glanton on Friday.

After a day's delay in filming due to the General Election, the Vera team resumed shooting in Glanton on Friday morning.

Following several online calls for extras, many locals found themselves on camera as the village hosted a Pagan-style parade for one of the Vera storylines, reports the Express.

Among the crowd of people gathered for filming was Jon, who was captured on camera by an enthusiastic fan before his scenes were shot.

The upcoming series of Vera is expected to wrap up filming in the next few weeks, with the two episodes set to premiere in early 2025.

The series, which first aired back in 2011, has grown a huge fan base over the past 14 years.

Brenda Blethyn has expressed her heartfelt sentiments as the beloved detective show comes to an end, describing her time on the show as a joy from start to finish.

While the 78 year old actress acknowledged the sadness of parting ways with the show, she also paid homage to her fellow cast members who have been part of the journey.

In her statement to ITV, Brenda Blethyn remarked: "I am so proud of our achievements over the last 14 years."

She continued to express gratitude, saying: "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."

Blethyn didn't hold back on her praise for those she worked with: "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."

Concluding her tribute, she offered a heartfelt thanks: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Vera is available to watch on ITVX.