Vera star shares bittersweet message after exit from Brenda Blethyn series

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Kenny Doughty, 48, has issued a bittersweet message to Vera fans following his exit from the Brenda Blethyn drama series.

Vera fans were heartbroken to learn Kenny was stepping down from playing DS Aiden Healy ahead of the new set of episodes airing.

But Kenny has taken to social media to share a message with his fans in the wake of his exit news.

Sharing a picture of himself with co-star Brenda, he said the show had picked up a National Television Awards nod.

He wrote ahead of the award show airing: “So proud we have been nominated for an NTA at this year’s awards. And in my final series!! Fingers crossed and good luck to all the nominations! #ntas #fingerscrossed.”

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His fans flocked to the comment section to share their thoughts on the nomination and wish the cast well.

After announcing his Vera exit earlier this year, Kenny said: “After eight 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. I want to thank everyone who’s made this amazing time so joyous, ITV, Silverprint, all the brilliant cast and crew and of course my buddy and inspiration Brenda Blethyn.

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“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 & love for the show.”

Brenda and the crew are currently filming for the thirteenth series of Vera in the North East.

The award-winning actress was sighted posing with fans in Teeside earlier this week, according to Teeside Live.

Pictures show the 77-year-old star grinning with fans between scenes and reading from a script. 

Last month, the DCI Vera Stanhope star was spotted filming tense scenes in and around Newcastle. 

The Northern Echo published images of Brenda with David Leon who will be reprising his role as DS Joe Ashworth after the character left in series four.

Vera episodes are available to watch on ITVX and a series 13 release date is yet to be confirmed. 

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