Brenda on her Vera suc­cess

Sunday Sun - - Celeb -

AC­TRESS Brenda Blethyn has spoken of her love of the North East, her “Ge­ordie” ac­cent on TV and how Vera hats are be­ing sold at a New­cas­tle mar­ket.

The ITV de­tec­tive drama will be back on our screens again on Jan­uary 13 and the 72-year-old ac­tress will don her fa­mous hat once again as she plays DCI Vera Stan­hope.

In an in­ter­view with The Mir­ror, she said she loves the beauty of Northum­ber­land and says she’s “still sur­prised by the breath­tak­ing lo­ca­tions”.

And she ex­plained how she dealt with the Ge­ordie ac­cent.

“I was told at the very start that Vera couldn’t have a broad ac­cent be­cause the se­ries was be­ing sold in­ter­na­tion­ally,” said Brenda.

“So I con­cen­trated on the soft, mu­si­cal lilt, like Denise Robert­son, the late TV agony aunt [from ITV’S This Morn­ing].

“It’s not strong, but it’s ac­cu­rate. In fact, the other day my driver got into a row with a chap who’d asked what I was like.

“He said I was very nice and the man said: ‘Ah, well she’s a good north­ern lass.’ My driver went: ‘Well, she’s not, ac­tu­ally. She’s from Rams­gate.’ But he wouldn’t ac­cept it.”

She added: “I’ve got to know Vera well in the eight years I’ve been play­ing her. I know what she’d wear – so when I’m out shop­ping, if I see some­thing for Vera, I’ll buy it. That old hat never changes, though.

“Did you know they’re sell­ing Vera hats on a stall in New­cas­tle mar­ket now?

“Do­ing a roar­ing trade. I stopped for a chat once and a cou­ple came up, saw me and nearly fainted. They’d come up for their an­niver­sary to see some Vera lo­ca­tions and there I was.”

■ Brenda Blethyn

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.