Brenda Blethyn offended by 'bag lady' Vera role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 May 2011
Brenda Blethyn

Brenda Blethyn

Brenda Blethyn has admitted she was offended when she landed a part in 'Vera' because her alter-ego was described as a ''bag lady''

Brenda Blethyn was offended when she landed a part in 'Vera' because her alter-ego was described as a "bag lady".

The BAFTA-winning actress - who plays Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope in the ITV1 drama - admitted while she was initially baffled as to why she had been offered the role, she has now come to love the character.

She told BANG Showbiz: "When I eventually got to the character in the book the description of her says she's a huge woman and looks like a bag lady and is so scruffy. I was like, 'Why did they choose me?'

"But I love the character and the fact that she's not your normal policewoman or hampered by any romantic involvement, which seems to be obligatory with female policewomen nowadays. This was refreshingly void of that.

"I like the way she is, it wouldn't work if she was glamorous. You warm to her because she's scruffy and abrasive."

The 65-year-old star also joked that her make-under to assume the part of the titular character took "no time at all", but she credited her youthful looks with not washing as a child.

Brenda added: "I don't look in the mirror as often as I should, which is probably why I got the part.

"The make-under took no time at all. I've always been lucky and my whole family look young, I think it's because we didn't wash very much when we were children. We didn't have a bath! I really do think it's because of that, all the natural oils in the skin weren't washed off every five minutes."

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