Brenda’s secret of success
BRENDA Blethyn has claimed that her marriage is successful because she hardly ever sees her husband.
The actress spends six months in Northumberland every year to film detective series Vera, which means she’s apart from hubby Michael Mayhew.
She said: “The secret to our relationship is I hardly see him.
“And laughter is the secret to everything.
“A sense of humour is so important. His humour is very dry.
“Mike is always buying me presents.
“On lots of occasions he’s just surprised me with: ‘I saw this, I thought you’d like it’. He got me a new computer out of the blue.
“And this morning I saw some therapeutic bath salts sitting in my bathroom. I thought: ‘Where did they come from?’.
He thinks about me a lot. It’s nice.”
Brenda and Michael were together for more than 20 years before they married in 2010.
He has helped her cope with the pressures of showbiz over the years.
Brenda said: “I value his honesty. Michael is a Taurus, like my mum, and they’re both very loyal people.”