Vera's Brenda Blethyn plans 'final' visit to Washington during ITV new series filming

Vera's Brenda Blethyn
Vera's Brenda Blethyn -Credit:ITV

Brenda Blethyn has singled out Washington as a place she is planning to visit during her return to the North East for Vera filming, as she prepares to film her final episodes as the famous TV detective.

The ITV announcement that Vera will end next year, including an emotional statement from its lead star, with Brenda 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.

Brenda continued: "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..."

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The BAFTA winner ended her statement talking about the 'friendship' she's received from the North East and, taking to X at the weekend, she responded to a message from a member of staff from Washington Riding Centre, who wrote: "Brenda you're our northern treasure and you'll always have can place in our heart. Hope you can visit WRC one last time before you leave."

Brenda replied to reveal she was very much 'looking forward' to visiting the centre, which she became a patron of in 2021. The centre offers riding lessons for people with disabilities and it was the woman who grooms Brenda's dog Jack, who recommended that the actress pay a visit, due to her love of animals.

Two years ago Brenda opened a new sensory garden at the centre, commenting: "They have done a wonderful job - it's such a peaceful place to be, it's lovely," she said, as heaped praise on the staff and volunteers.