Vera’s Aiden Healy star reunites with Brenda Blethyn after heartbreaking exit

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Vera’s Kenny Doughty thrilled fans after reuniting with his co-star Brenda Blethyn at the National Television Awards (NTAs).

Brenda, who plays DCI Vera Stanhope in the ITV cop drama, was nominated for an award for Best Drama Performance.

The actress was up against Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire, India Amarteifio from Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, James Norton for his role as Tommy Lee Royce in Happy Valley, and Judy Parfitt from Call the Midwife.

Despite losing out to Sarah Lancashire, Brenda was all smiles as she sat alongside Kenny, who announced his heartbreaking exit earlier this year.

Kenny may have left the series, but it was confirmed he would feature in one final episode of Vera.

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In March, the actor confirmed he had made the “difficult” decision to leave by sharing a heartfelt tribute on Instagram.

He wrote: “After 8 years & 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 BUT of course my buddy & inspiration Brenda Blethyn.”

The Aiden Healy star concluded: “The perfect leading star who I owe so much to.

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“I feel lucky to have you as a friend, you make me howl with laughter & 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. X” (sic)

Shortly after his announcement, ITV confirmed who would be replacing Kenny to work as Brenda’s sidekick.

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Despite fans being gutted by Kenny’s departure, they were delighted David Leon was reprising his role as Joe Ashworth.

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