Vera star Brenda Blethyn speaks out on receiving ‘saucy’ fan mail

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DCI Vera Stanhope (played by Brenda Blethyn) has proved to be a huge hit with ITV viewers and fans were delighted when the broadcaster confirmed an 11th series had gone into production. However, as actress Brenda discussed the show’s popularity, she revealed her role as one TV’s best-loved detectives has led to “saucy” fan mail. 

During an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, Brenda revealed her fans can be very forthcoming. 

“Some go to ITV, various methods to me via the agent. It’s mostly appreciative,” she explained. 

“I get some saucy letters, some of it, believe it or not, for Vera! Even Vera gets the phwoar factor!”

The actress went on to explain the accidental way she first got into acting.

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Brenda was asked to step in to cover someone who had only one line and was jokingly teased about the minimal part. 

“They said, ‘Oh please we’re desperate, this is why we’re asking you.

“They said, ‘It’s only one line,’ so I said, ‘Oh go on then I’ll help you out,’ and I joined the group.”

Brenda worked as a secretary for 10 years before turning her attention to an acting career. 

After the break up of her first marriage, she enrolled at the Guilford School of Acting in her late 20s.

She later joined the Royal National Theatre before making her television debut in 1980 in Grown-Ups. 

Elsewhere, ITV bosses announced Vera would be returning with an 11th series despite concerns over coronavirus restrictions halting production.

There will be several changes to the series which will air across two years for the first time. 

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But, fans will be treated to six episodes rather than the usual four to a series. 

The first two episodes of the 11th series will be broadcast next year.

While the remaining four episodes will be filmed in Spring 2021 and broadcast a year later in 2022. 

Brenda previously noted: “The safety of all personnel is always at the forefront of production. 

“And with all the extra COVID precautions in place, we will relish creating and delivering six cracking new episodes.” 

Executive producer Phil Hunter added: “In the wake of the pandemic I’m especially thrilled to announce the return of Vera.

“Like many productions, we had to postpone filming back in March and simultaneously begin working on a plan as to how we could bring the series back.” 

Vera is available to watch on the ITV player now. 

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