Vera: Brenda Blethyn perfected her Geordie accent by listening to X Factor’s Cheryl Cole
Brenda Blethyn has admitted that she perfected her Geordie accent for new thriller ‘Vera’ by studying Cheryl Cole on The X Factor.
The BAFTA-winning actress – who plays Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope in the upcoming ITV1 drama – admitted she grasped hold of the perfect dialect for her workaholic alter-ago by watching the 27-year-old beauty on ‘The X Factor’, and is even hoping to emulate Cheryl’s style in the next series of the show.
She told BANG Showbiz: “I listened to Cheryl Cole quite a lot and watched ‘The X Factor’. Now I have a lovely little voice, pet. I want to get a pair of those trousers with the slits up the side for the next series.
“‘The X Factor’ just happened to be on at the time I was learning the accent. I would go into the make-up trailer in the morning after having watched it all night and trying to memorise exactly what Cheryl said. ‘You’re right up my street, pet’.”
Brenda – who is joined in ‘Vera’ by David Leon, who plays her sexy sidekick Sergeant Joe Ashworth – also felt lucky to be working with a “natural Geordie” who could pull her up on her accent if it went wrong.
She added: “There are so many different dialects in such a small area so I had to try and embrace them all without it being too strong for people to understand.
“The accent is notoriously difficult for people who aren’t from there but I had a good teacher and natural Geordie David with me every day, who would pull me up if I went wrong. I would go into shops and chat to people and immerse myself in it.”