Emmerdale star confirms return as Vanessa – and reveals when she'll be back

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Michelle Hardwick has discussed her return to Emmerdale in a chat with Metro.co.uk at the British Soap Awards, confirming that she’ll be back at some point this year.

The actress, who plays Vanessa Woodfield, departed the ITV soap last year to go on maternity leave, with her character exiting the eponymous village to take up an exciting new work opportunity in Canada.

Vanessa, who is a fan-favourite character, is sorely missed, with viewers hoping to see her back on their screens in the future, and Metro.co.uk brings you good news, with Michelle confirming that she will indeed be staging an Emmerdale return!

‘I’m definitely going back!’, she told us on the red carpet at the British Soap Awards. ‘I’ve not got a date as such, it’ll be later in the year at some point, but definitely I’ll be back!’

The best news.

Vanessa, as viewers will know, was in a longterm relationship with Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) a number of years ago, before Mackenzie Boyd’s (Lawrence Robb) arrival led to the couple splitting.

Charity subsequently embarked on a romance with Mack, who she married earlier this year, but the marriage imploded when the truth about his one-night-stand with Chloe Harris (Jessie Elland) came to light.

So we can’t help but wonder if there is a chance of Charity and Vanessa possibly rekindling things upon the latter’s return?

‘I mean never say never!’, said Michelle.

‘When I left it was Vanessa and Suzy [that were together], but they split up on good terms, so who knows? I’m excited to know what’s going to happen!

Michelle, who is married to Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks and mum to two-year-old Teddy, welcomed a baby girl named Betty back in November.

‘Life is really hectic at home!’ she told us. ‘But it’s wonderful as well. I’m absolutely loving it.’

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7:30pm on ITV1 and ITVX. The British Soap Awards airs Tuesday June 6 at 8pm.

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