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British actress Brenda Blethyn is planning to quit acting next year, so she can spend more time with her long term partner. The Oscar-nominated actress is keen to leave Hollywood behind and fulfill her ambition to tour the world in a camper van with boyfriend Michael Mayhew. Blethyn, 58 - currently shooting a new version of Pride And Prejudice - says, "I shocked myself yesterday by the realization of all the roles I've had. I've gone from one to another. So I thought, 'Why don't I retire?' What's wrong with that? It would be nice to read a book, to potter about." As for her financial situation, Blethyn adds, "I'm sensible with money and with what's left I am generous and a little bit frivolous. Economic stability is important to me. I don't borrow money. I can't bear to be in debt. As soon as I could, I paid off my mortgage."

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