Home » Vera star quits ITV drama with emotional statement – leaving fans fearing for the show’s future

ONE of the stars of hit ITV drama Vera has announced he is stepping down after eight years.

Kenny Doughty said he would be leaving the role of DS Aiden Healy in the Sunday night favourite.

Kenny Doughty revealed his double-act with Breanda Blethyn in Vera is ending


Kenny Doughty revealed his double-act with Breanda Blethyn in Vera is endingCredit: ITV

He said: “After 8 years & 35 Vera films I’ve made the difficult decision of handing over DS Healy’s badge. 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 went on: “And finally the Vera fans: without you and your support I would never have made so many films.

“You really are the best fans in the world. Thank you so much for your loyalty & love for the show. X.”

Many fans worried for the show’s future, with one voicing the fears of many, writing: “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.”

Another told the actor: “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).”

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