Steve Martin has revealed he watches Vera, and is stunned by British acting talent.
The veteran US comedian, who received an honorary Oscar in 2013 for his work, has spoken about his admiration for acting ability across the Atlantic.
Martin is bringing a tour of The Funniest Show In Town At The Moment to the UK and Ireland, with Martin Short.
The star of stage and screen revealed he watches UK dramas and is in awe of the talent now displayed on TV.
He particularly notes the North East crime drama starring Brenda Blethyn.
He told the PA news agency: “A lot of high quality stories have moved to television. It used to be anathema to a movie actor and now it’s not. Now it’s the place to be.
“I have to say, whenever I watch English television dramas, including Vera, the acting is so superb.
“From the assistant answering the phone, they’re incredible playing that part, to the extra in the background.
“I can’t believe it, that quality acting is so common now, especially in British television.”
Martin and Short will tour the UK and Ireland in 2020. Tickets go on sale on September 27.