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|“||I ran as fast as I could, but I couldn't catch him...||„|
|~ Vera lying about trying to save Cyril|
Vera Claythorne is the main character of the 2015 miniseries/serial remake of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. She was a secretary that was invited to a dinner party by a Mister and Missus Owen, but was actually walking into a trap to be punished for her crime of murdering a young boy, that she was in charge of, by encouraging him to swim farther into the ocean than he could have, and allowing him to drown. She is based almost entirely off of the original novel character of the same name.
She was portrayed by Maeve Dermody.
On a hot late August day in the late 1930s, eight strangers arrive at Soldier Island, most having ostensibly been invited by old friends or the current ostensible owners, Mr and Mrs Owen, a married couple. There is no host to greet them but there are domestic staff, Thomas and Ethel Rogers, a married couple. The "guests" find a copy of a children's rhyme Ten Little Soldiers in each of their rooms and ten miniature jade figures of soldiers on the dining room table. After dinner, Mr Rogers, who had been instructed to do so, plays a gramophone record, in which all the guests as well as Mr and Mrs Rogers, are named as being responsible for the death(s) of another human being (or other human beings) for which they evaded punishment. One of the guests (Blore) is revealed to be an impostor using another name. Each guest refutes the accusations made against them – except for two; Philip Lombard and Anthony Marston, the latter whom dies shortly thereafter from cyanide-laced gin in a similar manner of the first little soldier. The next day, the cook Mrs Rogers is found dead in her bed from unknown causes (although Dr Armstrong diagnoses an overdose of some barbiturate), matching the second verse from the poem. Vera Claythorne shows Dr Armstrong that two of the soldiers in the dining room have disappeared.
The poisoning of both victims casts suspicion on Dr. Armstrong who has his bag searched. As a hunt for the mysterious Mr Owen is conducted on the island, the nature behind the accusations begin to come to light; Philip Lombard confirms that he killed 21 Africans for a diamond reward, Emily Brent recounts the fateful past of her former maid, Beatrice Taylor, and General MacArthur succumbs to insanity, crippled with guilt over killing his subordinate and wife's lover, Arthur Richmond. After the General is found with his head smashed in with a telescope, the remaining seven realise that whoever left the mysterious message intends to make good on their threat, according to the rules of the nursery rhyme. Wargrave proposes a damning theory to the others that the killer is one of them. After the butler, Mr Rogers, is found split open with an axe, and Miss Brent is impaled with one of her knitting needles, the five survivors band together to search all the rooms and belongings to unmask the killer and save themselves.
Five of the original ten are left. Vera offers to bring the group tea, but Blore is skeptical about drinking it, due to the possibility of it being poisoned. In response to this, she calls him an "Idiotic Creightonous Bastard." During a moment of confusion, Judge Wargrave is found with an apparent gunshot wound to the head and declared dead by Dr Armstrong. The judge has been dressed up to the match the Chancery verse of the poem. The remaining four engage in a demented bacchanal with alcohol and drugs. During the night, the doctor leaves the house, leaving the other three to believe he is the killer. An attempt for rescue is initiated, but Blore is ambushed by the killer wearing a bear skin rug, and is fatally stabbed. Subsequently, Dr Armstrong's corpse is brought in by the tide, leaving only Philip and Vera alive. Vera manages to trick Lombard and lifts his gun. When he charges at her, she shoots him dead. Delirious, she returns to her room where a noose is waiting. In a trance, she begins to hang herself. Then, Judge Wargrave walks in, quite alive, and reveals how he wanted to create an unsolvable mystery and punish the guilty, and how he intends to shoot himself to complete the poem. Vera tries to bargain with Wargrave but he pulls the chair from under her and leaves her to die. He returns to the dining room, where he has set the table for two. He loads the revolver with the final bullet and shoots himself. The revolver recoils to land at the other table setting.
- There are several differences between this version of her character and the others.
- In the 1945 film, she is innocent of the accusation.
- In the book, she is still guilty, but she succeeds in killing herself before she finds out the true identity of "U.N. Owen."
- In both the 1945 film, and the novel, she does not become physically involved with Philip Lombard.
- In the 1945 film, she is innocent of the accusation.
- It is unknown if Cyril Hamilton and Philip Lombard were her only murder victims, or if there were more.
- Her death is based off of the nursery rhyme's ending "...he hanged himself and then there were none."