Vera confirms return of main character in series finale after Brenda Blethyn quits

Vera will be back early next year
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ITV has excitedly announced that Steph Duncan, portrayed by Rhiannon Clements, will return for the concluding series of Vera. This update comes amidst concerns from fans who speculated that the actress might not reappear in the series finale due to her busy schedule with other projects.

Rhiannon is known for keeping her fans in the loop about her daily activities and recently, she took to the stage in a production titled 'Underdog: The Other Other Bronte'.

Despite the overlap of her stage performance with the filming schedule of Vera, ITV has confirmed to that Rhiannon will indeed reprise her role as DC Stephanie Duncan.

While details of the final series are being kept under wraps, an observant fan shared an interesting piece of information on a Vera Facebook group. During a discussion, a query was raised: "Are they still filming? " to which another group member replied affirmatively: "Yes."

Further discussions among the group saw fans expressing their hopes for the return of another cherished character - Jac Williams, reports the Express.

One fan expressed their attachment to previous characters, saying: "Jac, I would have loved to have seen more of her, I wish she would come back."

This feeling was mirrored by someone else: "Yes, I was gutted when she left."

DS Jacqueline 'Jac' Williams, played by Ibinabo Jack, was part of the show for five years before leaving due to "theatre commitments".

The character was swiftly followed by the ambitious new arrival DC Steph Duncan, portrayed by Rhiannon.

Moreover, as 2022 drew to a close, Kenny Doughty's exit as Aiden Healy left viewers emotional after his touching final scenes.

The actor admitted that leaving the drama was difficult but felt it was the right time.

Fans of the show had mixed feelings as Kenny made his departure, yet were uplifted by the comeback of a beloved character.

David Leon returned to the role of Vera's original partner, Joe Ashworth, earlier in the year.

Expectations are soaring for the premiere of Vera's final series set to broadcast early next year. Brenda Blethyn shared her thoughts on departing the series, saying: "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 fourteen years."

She conveyed her heartfelt gratitude: "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 celebrated actress also lauded her colleagues: "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 northeast and our fans worldwide."

In her farewell, Brenda expressed sincere thanks: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart," she concluded.

Vera will return to ITV next year.