Emmerdale: Is Vanessa actress Michelle Hardwick leaving the series?

Michelle Hardwick is an award-winning actress, best known for her role as Lizzie Hopkirk in The Royal and Vanessa Woodfield in Emmerdale. Hardwick has been part of the Emmerdale family since 2012 but fans are worried Hardwick will soon be leaving the series. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Is Vanessa actress Michelle Hardwick leaving the series?

At the moment, Michelle Hardwick has made no announcement that she is leaving the Dales.

Her character, Vanessa Woodfield, was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer in February and since then, the series has been following her as she undergoes treatment.

Vanessa found out she had bowel cancer whilst be kept hostage by kidnapper Pierce (played by Jonathan Wrather).

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A recent operation to remove the tumour was successful and Vanessa began undergoing chemotherapy.

To tell Vanessa’s story, Emmerdale has been working closely with charity Bowel Cancer UK.

Speaking about her storyline, Hardwick said: “This is such a challenging storyline, but we’ve been working closely with Bowel Cancer UK, who have been enormously helpful to me in researching Vanessa’s symptoms and treatment.

“I hope to do Vanessa’s story justice. I was actually really shocked to learn that bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer, but diagnosed early is treatable.”

Hardwick has given no hints as to whether Vanessa will survive her cancer, but fans have their fingers’ crossed she will full recovery.

However, Hardwick did tease to The Metro that she does know her character’s fate and has known for a long time.

She said: “ ‘I won’t say which way it goes, but I was told straight away.

“As soon as [Emmerdale boss] Jane Hudson brought me up, she told me the storyline and the outcome.

“I didn’t even have time to think about it one way or another. As soon as I was told the story, I was told the outcome.

“It wasn’t a case of, ‘here’s the story but we don’t know yet,’ so I’ve always known what happens in the storyline but my lips are sealed…”

Hardwick also teased that Vanessa’s diagnosis will test her relationship with her girlfriend Charity (Emma Atkins), one of the show’s favourite couples.

Vanessa fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on Vanessa’s storylines and Hardwick’s potential exit.

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One fan tweeted: “People, don’t worry about Vanessa, she is not dying, Vanity will be fine and they will go to Scotland to visit Debbie as part of the storyline #Emmerdale #Vanity”

A second fan said: “having a think about how Vanessa hasn’t had a chance to process the fact she was held hostage for weeks… with her son’s life being used as a taunt… looking at that on top of her being so poorly it’s no wonder she’s so unpredictable at the minute… #emmerdale

A third fan commented: “Honestly in awe of @ChelleHardwick
‘s portrayal of Vanessa’s emotions. Most people have watched family members go through this, myself included and even people have fought the battle themselves and it’s been a hard watch but a relatable one. Incredible from Michelle #Emmerdale”


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In more personal news, Hardwick has confirmed she is expecting her first child with wife, Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks.

Hardwick confirmed the news via her Instagram account, sharing a photo of her, Brooks a baby bump and their dog Fred.

She confirmed she was due to give birth in October.

The photo was captioned: ‘Fred’s big brother duties commence in October.’

Hardwick added the hashtag: ‘#BabyBrooks.’

Hardwick and Brooks got engaged in December 2018 and got married in September 2019 at Elvis Presley’s home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

Emmerdale airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm on ITV.

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