Brenda Blethyn has opened up about a move she made while away filming Vera, that sparked a “livid” response from her spouse. The ITV actress has been married to her second husband Michael Mayhew since 2010, the year before she was cast as the Geordie DCI.
That was it: love at first sight
The 73-year-old once left her other half fuming after temptation got too much while shooting for the show.
In a new interview with the Radio Times, the small screen favourite said it all came about thanks to their “action vehicle man”.
She commented: “[He] lives on a farm with lots of dogs and he would show us photos of their puppies and I’d say: ‘Oh, I wish I could have one.’”
Brenda then decided it was time to say yes, without running it past her husband, art director Michael, who she has been with for the past three decades.
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Brenda Blethyn: The Vera actress left her husband livid with an on-set decision (Image: ITV • GETTY)
Brenda Blethyn: The Vera star wed husband Michael Mayhew in 2010 (Image: GETTY)
She continued: “And one year I thought, ‘Why can’t I?’ So I asked him to put me down for a puppy. My husband Michael was livid. Livid!
“‘How dare you do that without having a conversation about it? There’s two of us live here, Brenda.’”
Thankfully the tiny pup was very well received when she finally introduced it to her man.
The star recalled: “On the last day of filming, the man turned up with this little face looking out of his coat.
Brenda Blethyn has played Vera since 2011 (Image: ITV)