Vera star Brenda Blethyn details unfortunate on set incident ‘I lost it once’

Brenda Blethyn recalls 'losing her Vera hat' on set

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After returning to viewers’ screens this month, Vera star Brenda Blethyn, 75, joined Christine Lampard last week on Lorraine to talk about the new series. Christine asked Brenda about the iconic Vera hat, where the actor admitted she had once lost the only hat on the set of the ITV drama, resulting in the crew making replicas.

Christine asked Brenda: “How many fishing hats do you own Brenda, are there several replicas on standby just in case?”

Laughing, Brenda delved into the details of the unfortunate incident on set of the show.

“I lost it once,” she replied. “And we’d already filmed part of the scene wearing it, so we had to find it, and I think it was me who lost it, but I didn’t own up to it for a long time.

“But now they’ve got a few on standby, I noticed Marks and Spencer’s are selling them now,” she explained, sounding surprised.

“Oh really? Who would have known Vera started a trend?” Christine added.

Brenda continued: “There’s a Vera fan club on Facebook I think, and lots of people put photos of themselves wearing the Vera hat of all descriptions and colours, and my husband sends them to me.”

The pair also spoke about the new series of Vera and filming through the coronavirus pandemic.

Christine remarked: “It’s so wonderful to see you, Vera is back, and all is well in the world again.”

“It’s been quite difficult, you know,” Brenda started, “working through the pandemic, but we are getting there.”

“I understand, just being away from home and not being able to move as freely and onset, it has been a different experience,” Christine said.

Brenda explained: “The protocol in place is quite extreme actually, and it has added a week onto our shooting schedule for each episode.”

Christine also commented: “I suppose I imagine that the intensity of filming Vera, it is a very intense series to be part of.

“Equally so, when it all finishes, you can’t say goodbye to her, you are so synonymous with this character it will always be there with you.”3

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Brenda agreed: “My husband always says my body comes home before my head does because I can’t turn off from her.

“When you are with her for six months of the year, it is quite difficult, and although the stories can be sombre, it’s quite light-hearted.”

Brenda has recently received a devastating blow as the sad news of Kate and Koji’s side project has had its filming delayed.

Speaking to ITV, Brenda explained there were some struggles and criticism faced whilst filming the sitcom.

“We were all geared up to do another series. I finished Vera just before Christmas 2020, and they had already started some of the outside broadcast filming,” she explained.

“I was due to start Kate and Koji in the studio in January 2021, but there were too many challenges, you couldn’t have a studio audience.”

Kate and Koji will still be going ahead but just at a later date.

Brenda returned to screens on August 29 on ITV, for the 11th season of Vera, as the iconic DCI Vera Stanhope. 

The long-running series centres on the scruffy, Northumberland-based detective who is unconventional in her methods but consistent in her results, always catching the criminal.

Vera airs Sundays on ITV at 8pm. 
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