Brenda Blethyn: Vera star speaks out on never having children: It did enter my head

Brenda Blethyn: Vera star speaks out on never having children: It did enter my head

08/30/2021

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Brenda Blethyn, 75, spoke out about why she never had children, explaining that she never felt like she needed to. The Vera star married her second husband Michael Mayhew in 2010, but she revealed having children was never a “pressing desire” of hers.

You hear people saying that they have just got to, but that never happened to me

Brenda Blethyn

In a recent interview, she said: “You hear people saying that they have just got to, but that never happened to me.

“It did enter my head – not now, obviously – that I might think of adopting some.

“Simply because they’re there and they need a home.”

She giggled while admitting it was never a serious consideration, before adding: “But if it had crossed my mind that I needed to have children, I would probably have gone down that route.”

The actress, who has just completed filming the first four episodes of series 11, also admitted the real reason behind her long engagement to Michael.

The pair finally wed 35 years after he popped the question.

They met following her split from first husband Alan Blethyn, whom she married when she was 19 years old.

She and Michael, a former art director at the National Theatre, decided it was the “sensible” thing to do to get married, after having an even longer engagement than her parents.

She explained Radio Times about the reasons behind their choice to wait.

“We were getting on a bit and it seemed the sensible thing to do,” she said.

“Neither of us were going anywhere so it just presents a problem if one of us pops our clogs.”

She giggled: “It wasn’t romantic!

“However, it does feel rather nice being married – it’s just different.

“It was a lovely ceremony and we just had Tim Spall and his family as our witnesses.”

She added: “They took us out for the wedding breakfast at a pub in East Dulwich.

“He’s an absolute sweetheart and he and his family are some of our best friends.”

Brenda continued to gush over her other half, saying that she feels lucky to have Michael as her husband.

“He’s just so talented and clever,” she beamed.

“I think, ‘What’s he doing with me?’ I mean, we’ve got nothing in common at all.

“Well, apart from a sense of humour!”

Brenda’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

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