He confirmed his departure in an emotional social media statement which said: “After eight years & 35 Vera films, I’ve made the difficult decision of handing over DS Healy’s badge. I can confirm I am leaving Vera.
“The perfect leading star who I owe so much to. I feel lucky to have you as a friend, you make me howl with laughter & have been a rock for me over the years. I can’t thank you enough. Precious times.
“And finally the Vera fans: without you and your support I would never have made so many films. You really are the best fans in the world. Thank you so much for your loyalty & love for the show.”
Vera fans have been left gutted at Kenny’s decision, worried at who will become Vera’s new sidekick.
To mark the change, let’s take a look back at the 12 seasons of Vera. Here are nine pictures of the show being filmed in the county: