Is Vera ending and why is Brenda Blethyn leaving the show after series 14?

The prospect of ITV’s Vera ending is something fans won’t have wanted to seriously consider but now Brenda Blethyn is leaving.

Based on the best-selling Vera book series by Ann Cleeves, ITV’s Vera series has taken the world by storm since it started in 2011 and it couldn’t ask for a better titular character than DCI Vera Stanhope. Played masterfully by Brenda Blethyn OBE, she’s earned her place in the ranks of famous TV detectives with her stellar crime solving rate, beloved old land rover and iconic trench coat and hat. 

Over the years her team has evolved but with her at the helm of the ship, Vera has kept things steady as they got to the bottom of ever more difficult cases. Now, three months after Vera season 13 ended, it’s been announced that Brenda Blethyn is leaving as DCI Stanhope and many of us might be wondering about where that leaves the show and if Vera is ending after series 14.

BRENDA BLETHYN as DCI Vera Stanhope

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Is Vera ending?