Brenda on her Vera success
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