Brenda Blethyn vows to never retire from acting

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 April 2021

Brenda Blethyn

Brenda Blethyn has vowed to continue working until the day she dies and insisted she doesn't feel 75

Brenda Blethyn has vowed to work until she dies.

The 'Vera' star has revealed her parents "instilled" in her a strong work ethic and she plans to follow in their footsteps by never retiring.

She told Good Housekeeping magazine: "My parents worked until their dying days, and I fully expect to be doing the same. Mum had about six jobs to put food on the table and dad spent the latter part of his life working in a ladies’ dress shop as a handyman.

"They instilled that work ethic in me; if you want to earn some money, you’ve got to work for it. I enjoy being busy, too, so I’ll always find something to do, even if it’s painting a wall!"

The Golden Globe-winner turned 75 in February last year, but insisted she doesn't feel her age.

She said: "If I’m completely honest, I don’t feel the slightest bit different! You’re only as old as you feel, and I certainly don’t feel 75. That’s just a number, isn’t it?

"When I starred in the film 'Saving Grace', about a middle-aged widow, it took five years to get it off the ground. I’m trying to get Galina Petrovna’s 'Three-Legged Dog Story', a wonderful book about a group of septuagenarians, turned into a TV series at the moment. I hope that will be a little easier."

Brenda started out working in administration before enrolling in the Guildford School of Acting in her late 20s.

In 1980, Blethyn made her television debut in Mike Leigh's 'Grown-Ups', while she made her big-screen debut in Nicolas Roeg's 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'The Witches'.

On the long-running hit ITV crime drama 'Vera', the screen star plays the titular role of DCI Vera Stanhope.

An 11th series is set to air in 2021, while there has been talk about a US remake of the popular programme.

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