New stars coming to ITV’s Vera

Brenda Blethyn

Filming has begun in the north east of England for series 5 of Vera. Brenda Blethyn reprises her role as the perceptive D.C.I. Vera Stanhope alongside actor Kenny Doughty (Stella, The Ayran Couple) who will join the show as DS Aiden Healy.

Series 5 will have four new episodes based on the characters created by novelist Ann Cleeves.

Episode One is written by Martha Hillier and follows Vera and Aiden as they investigate a mysterious death at a caravan park.

D.S. Aiden Healy will replace D.S Joe Ashworth (David Leon) and it is not long before he is on the receiving end of D.C.I. Stanhope’s caustic wit.

Series 5 also sees the return of Jon Morrison (High Times, Nil By Mouth) as D.C. Kenny Lockhart, Cush Jumbo (Torchwood: Children of Earth) as D.C. Bethany Whelan, Kingsley Ben-Adir (City Slacker) as pathologist, Dr. Marcus Summer and Riley Jones as D.C. Mark Edwards.

Prior to filming Brenda said: “ I am so happy to be embarking on series 5 of VERA and whilst I’ll miss David Leon (Joe Ashworth finally got his long awaited promotion – Celine was delighted!), I’m very glad to be reunited with Jon Morrison, Riley Jones, Cush Jumbo and our new member of the team Kenny Doughty. Northumberland here we come!’

Kenny Doughty said, “I’m really thrilled to be joining Vera. It’s such a fantastic show and I’m especially excited to be working alongside the lovely and brilliant Brenda Blethyn.”

Filming will continue in the North East until Autumn 2014 and will be onscreen in 2015.