Brenda Blethyn spotted in North East filming eighth series of crime drama Vera

Actress Brenda Blethyn playing DCI Vera Stanhope during filming for the ITV series Vera in Whitley Bay.
Actress Brenda Blethyn playing DCI Vera Stanhope during filming for the ITV series Vera in Whitley Bay.

Brenda Blethyn is back in Vera's mac and floppy hat as she shoots the upcoming eighth series of the hit crime drama

The actress, 71, was pictured filming scenes for the ITV show's new run in Whitley Bay.

Filming for the eighth series of the ITV drama.

Filming for the eighth series of the ITV drama.

Blethyn has been playing frumpy but lovable DCI Vera Stanhope since 2011.

The last instalment wrapped up in April with a tense plot which saw Vera searching for the killer of a young girl who went missing following a music festival.

The four-episode series was a ratings winner and fans called for the drama's next run to be extended.

Brenda Blethyn as Vera.

Brenda Blethyn as Vera.