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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Christopher Megrath

Vera star's emotional statement after quitting show after eight years

Vera star Kenny Doughty has quit the show after eight years.

The actor sparked concerns after posting a cryptic message online with a photo of the set and a caption that said: "Thanks for the memories."

Curious fans took to social media to question Kenny on what he meant by the post which he has now confirmed was a teaser for his departure. In a statement, Kenny shared: "After eight years & 35 Vera films I’ve made the difficult decision of handing over DS Healy’s badge.

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"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 perfect leading star who I owe so much to. 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."

He also had a sweet message for fans, thanking them for their support, as he added: "And finally the Vera fans: without you and your support I would never have made so many films, the Mirror reported.

In response, one viewer said: "Thank you for the amazing stories that you have been apart of on screen! Vera has been my comfort TV show for a number of years now and your character has been a massive part of that. It's been a joy watching yourself and Aiden Healy grow. Can't wait to see what your future roles Include! (The next episode will certainly be an emotional one)."

A second added: "It’s not going to be the same ~ you and Vera have that perfect chemistry together. No Malcolm and now no you ! But Good Luck," as a third penned: "Oh no ...... you can't leave Vera who's going to look after her - totally gutted."

Another added: "Thank you for all of the great work! Watching "Vera" is a treasure for me. She looks and acts just like my late mother. Her facial expressions and her phrases are her spot-on. The way your character is with her - putting on her booties, bringing her food, etc. is so endearing. The first time you called her "Mum" I just cried. It's been so wonderful watch."


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