Vera star quits ITV drama after 8 years with emotional statement

brenda blethyn as vera stanhope and kenny doughty as ds aiden healy in vera
Vera star quits ITV drama after 8 years ITV

Vera actor Kenny Doughty has announced he is leaving the ITV drama in an emotional statement posted to Instagram.

Doughty has played DS Aiden Healy in the show for eight years, starring opposite Brenda Blethyn as titular character Vera Stanhope.

"After 8 years and 35 Vera films I've made the difficult decision of handing over DS Healy’s badge. I can confirm I am leaving Vera," Doughty wrote alongside a series of photos from his time on the show.

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"I want to thank everyone who's made this amazing time so joyous, ITV, Silverprint, all the brilliant cast and crew BUT of course my buddy and inspiration Brenda Blethyn. The perfect leading star who I owe so much to. I feel lucky to have you as a friend, you make me howl with laughter and have been a rock for me over the years. I can't thank you enough. Precious times.

"And finally the Vera fans: without you and your support I would never have made so many films. You really are the best fans in the world. Thank you so much for your loyalty and love for the show."

Before announcing his departure from the show, Doughty had posted a series of photos on Instagram from is time on the show earlier this month and captioned the post: "Thank you for the memories."

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Doughty joined Vera in 2015, starting with its fifth series, appearing through to its 12th series that concluded in February this year.

Following series 12, Blethyn spoke to The Mirror and shared the challenges she faced while filming the show.

"When we finish filming, I always say: 'I really don't think I can do this anymore,'" the actress said. "Filming usually means six months away from home – and in 2022 it was the best part of 10 months. But then I have a rest, get my appetite back and change my mind."

There's no word yet on whether the show will return for a 13th series.

Vera airs on ITV.

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