Vera cast on ITV as series 11 picks up with Brenda Blethyn back in lead role

By Simon Duke

After fans have had months to wait for their Vera fix, the hit ITV drama finally resumed last week, with some familiar faces joining in the crime solving action this time round.

The sleuthing exploits of Ann Cleeves' character DCI Stanhope have been pulling in millions of fans for over a decade now and interest in all things Vera is showing no signs of waning, with audiences of over seven million tuning into the first two episodes of series 11 in autumn 2021.

Vera 's return to screens proved to short lived due to the coronavirus pandemic, with only two episodes in the can by August. But after cast and crew heading back up to the North East for a lengthy stint last summer, there will now be four new episodes for fans to be gripped by.

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This Sunday's episode will be the fourth of six and sees BAFTA winner Brenda Blethyn in the lead role of Vera, working alongside her ever faithful sidekick DS Aiden Healy, played by Kenny Doughty.

Many other familiar faces from Vera series gone by are back i action, alongside some new additions, who you'll definitely recognise from their other work.

Vera cast series 11

DCI Vera Stanhope - Brenda Bletyhn

DS Aiden Healy - Kenny Dougty

DC Kenny Lockhart - Jon Morrison

DC Jacquelin Williams - Ibinabo Jack

Pathologist Dr. Malcolm Donahue - Paul Kaye

DC Mark Edwards - Riley Jones

Lizzy Swann .- Jessica Johnson

Phil Swann .- Craig Parkinson

Fern Swann .- Chloe Harris

Zara Swann. - Grace Hogg Robinson

Moira Swann - Ann Mitchell

Rose Swann - Simone Lahbib

Greg Stein - Jack James Ryan

Anika Naidu - Ayesha Dharker

Mo Hassan - Nabil Elouahabi

Marti Kapp - Jaye Griffiths

Bron Martin .- Su Elliot

Tina Callow - Katie Lyons

Katy Turner - Catherine Bailey

Sunday' episode, As The Crow Flies, sees Vera and her team investigate the death of a teacher.

What at first looks like tragic accident soon becomes a murder investigation as the victim's feuds are exposed.

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