RILEY Jones has been appearing on smash hit ITV detective drama Vera since its very first season in 2011 and the English actor was bumped up to a spot as a main cast member for series 8.
Vera is now airing its 11th season – and fans don’t seem tired of the show yet, as it’s still bringing in impressive viewing figures.
Who is Riley Jones?
Riley Jones, 32, was born and raised in Gateshead and carried a heavy interest in drama from a young age.
He studied acting and performance at Northumbria University before landing a role in the national tour of Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters in 2013.
Riley had a small role as a front desk officer in an episode of family fantasy television series Wolfblood before starring as Nick in the 2014 short film, Run.
In addition to his police role on Vera, Riley previously appeared as PC Danny Jones in 2018 documentary To Catch a Serial Killer with Trevor McDonald.
Who does he play in Vera?
Riley first appeared as DC Mark Edwards in episode four of Vera’s first season, entitled Little Lazarus.
He made sporadic appearances throughout the rest of the series before his performance saw Riley bumped to a main cast member in series eight.
The young DC is part of Vera Stanhope’s team – but while she’s busy interviewing witnesses and solving cases, Mark usually remains in the office digging out evidence.
What is Vera about?
Vera series eleven premiered on August 29, 2o21, and aired a follow up episode a week later on September 5.
However, fans will have to be patient as they await episode three as it’s not due to be broadcast until early 2022 and an exact release date has still not been revealed by ITV.
The popular ITV crime drama is based on a series of novels written by Ann Cleeves.
The series follows experienced Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, played by Brenda Blethyn, as she tries to crack some of the toughest cases in Northumberland.