BARNSLEY actor Kenny Doughty proved his commitment to his craft and self-isolated alongside his co-star for more than three months to ensure the new series of a long-awaited ITV show could go ahead.

Kenny, 46, has starred as DS Aiden Healey alongside TV veteran Brenda Blethyn since 2015 on ITV’s Vera.

The show is set in Northumbria, and centres around no-nonsense detective Vera Stanhope, and features Kenny as her right-hand man and co-worker.

The pair were due to film the upcoming eleventh series last summer - but plans were almost put on hold due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To enable filming to continue, both Kenny and Brenda formed a ‘bubble’ and were away from their families for more than 12 weeks.

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Due to this disruption, it is thought that the new series of Vera will air in two parts, with the first being shown tomorrow.

The new season will kick-off when the body of a local builder is found beaten to death - and it’s up to Brenda and Kenny to solve the mystery of what happened.