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Thursday 25 December 2014

Sarnies over fancy food for Blethyn

Brenda Blethyn hired a cottage to get away from hotel life while filming Vera
Brenda Blethyn hired a cottage to get away from hotel life while filming Vera

Brenda Blethyn has revealed how she prefers eating plain old cheese sandwiches to fancy food.

The 67-year-old, who is set to reprise her role as understated detective Vera in the ITV drama, also admitted she would shun hotel laundry services as she would rather do it herself.

"Sometimes I ask for a sandwich and all I want is two bits of bread, cheese and tomato. It comes up with three pieces of bread, crisps, the lot," she said.

She added: "And the washing! I don't want a T-shirt to come back gift wrapped, I just want to go to the laundrette."

The cast normally head to Northumberland for five months for the filming of Vera, where they stay in a hotel where they are waited on hand and foot, but this time, Brenda decided to rent a cottage.

The two-time Oscar-nominated actress, who was awarded an OBE in 2003, also revealed she is always happy to talk to fans when she's out and about.

"People come up to me and go, 'Oh, look at you doing your shopping, do you have bread as well?'," she said.

"I'm always polite, but there are days when I wish I'd combed my hair!" she added.

:: Vera will return to ITV on August 25.

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