Vera star hints at spin-off after quitting ITV series

Vera star Ibinabo Jack dropped some major hints about a potential ITV spin-off even before the bombshell announcement that the beloved drama would be drawing to a close. The actress, who played Jac Williams in the police show, has expressed her hope for a prequel series.

The Vera fandom was sent into a frenzy on Monday 22 April with the news that the 14th series of the ITV hit would be its last, marking the end of an era as Brenda Blethyn dons her iconic trench coat and fisherman's hat for one final outing. With the ink barely dry on the announcement, rumours of a spin-off began swirling, with fans eager to see Vera stars like David Leon and Kenny Doughty, or even Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire take the reins.

Bookmakers are already betting on a Vera spin-off being a sure thing, especially considering the show's consistently strong performance over its 13-year run. Ibinabo, who left her role as DC Williams of the Northumberland and City police squad last year, has been vocal about the idea of a spin-off.

Ibinabo Jack and Brenda Blethyn in Vera
Vera stars Ibinabo Jack and Brenda Blethyn -Credit:ITV STUDIOS
Ibinabo Jack as DC Jacqueline Williams
Vera star Ibinabo Jack -Credit:Chloe Rivers

During a chat on BBC Breakfast, host Jon Kay asked: "I suppose when Brenda steps down that surely means Vera has to end, doesn't it? You can't have Vera without Brenda," reports Chronicle Live.

Ibinabo replied: "Unless they did a prequel? Like early days? " Her suggestion was received with enthusiasm by Jon's BBC co-host Sally Nugent, who enthused: "A prequel is a fabulous idea! That's what we need to know, more of Vera's backstory. It's a genius idea! ".

The final series of Vera is currently filming in Gateshead, and at the end of April star Brenda Blethyn released a statement about the show coming to an end. “Working on Vera has been a joy from beginning to end and I’m sad to be saying Cheerio. But I am so proud of our achievements over the last fourteen years."

Brenda continued: "I’ll be forever grateful to the wonderful Ann Cleeves who created Vera, and to Elaine Collins who saw fit to cast me in the role. The producers, dream cast and crew have been fabulous and I’m going to miss them, but I won’t forget their huge talent, the camaraderie, laughter or kindness we shared nor the friendship of the people of the north east and our fans worldwide. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."