It’s been confirmed that Michelle Hardwick will make a dramatic return to the hit ITV soap Emmerdale with an explosive new storyline.

The actress, 45, who plays Vanessa Woodfield left the show in May 2020 will be back on our screens as she returns from welcoming her son Teddy. 

Vanessa’s dramatic return to the show will see her arrive in the village and pull up as ex lover Charity Dingle and Mackenzie declare their love for each other.

Shock: Michelle Hardwick, 45, plays Vanessa Woodfield, is set to make a dramatic return to Emmerdale nearly two years away from the soap (pictured left, stock image)

Shock: Michelle Hardwick, 45, plays Vanessa Woodfield, is set to make a dramatic return to Emmerdale nearly two years away from the soap (pictured left, stock image)

Shock: Michelle Hardwick, 45, plays Vanessa Woodfield, is set to make a dramatic return to Emmerdale nearly two years away from the soap (pictured left, stock image) 

Speaking to The Mirror the actress said: ‘In typical Emmerdale style, she walks right into that – what perfect timing.

‘But I can’t think of a better scene for Vanessa to return to. I really thought it was fantastic.

‘Although she knows Charity has moved on and Vanessa also has a new girlfriend, seeing her and Mackenzie as soon as she returns to the village is a bit much. There will be scenes with Vanessa and Charity where they bump into each other and which will be fun for the viewers to watch.’ 

Michelle welcomed her son Teddy 14 months, with her wife Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks in October last year.

Dramatic: Michelle has confirmed a dramatic return to the soap after taking a break during her pregnancy

Dramatic: Michelle has confirmed a dramatic return to the soap after taking a break during her pregnancy

Dramatic: Michelle has confirmed a dramatic return to the soap after taking a break during her pregnancy 

Baby joy: Michelle welcomed her son Teddy, 14 months with with Kate Brooks, 42, last year

Baby joy: Michelle welcomed her son Teddy, 14 months with with Kate Brooks, 42, last year

Baby joy: Michelle welcomed her son Teddy, 14 months with with Kate Brooks, 42, last year 

The actress admitted that it was strange returning after nearly two years away from the soap.

She said that her first day back was nerve-racking, particularly having to work under Covid restrictions, which saw her having to do her own hair and make-up.  

Last year, Vanessa had been diagnosed with bowel cancer and had decided to move in with her mother who lived in Scotland. 

Leaving behind fiancée Charity who dumped her and hooked up with Mackenzie.  On the couple reuniting, Michelle is unsure whether that will actually happen. 

Ill-fated: Onscreen lovers Charity and Vanessa dated for three years and were engaged on the hit ITV show

Ill-fated: Onscreen lovers Charity and Vanessa dated for three years and were engaged on the hit ITV show

Ill-fated: Onscreen lovers Charity and Vanessa dated for three years and were engaged on the hit ITV show

Michelle’s has also revealed that falling pregnant actually saved her character from being killed off.

She said they weren’t able to finish the storyline in the way we may have wanted to. However, we did do the cancer storyline justice.

The star also revealed that the storyline helped raise awareness about the disease,

Michelle has also admitted that she fears her return to work will make her a target to trolls.

In the past  the actor admitted that she has received abuse from for being part of the LGBTQ+ community.

She stated that now her son is here,  she doesn’t have time for it and she tries to ignore the abuse only calling it out if it gets too much. 

Happily Married: The actress tied the knot with Emmerdale producer Kate in 2019

Happily Married: The actress tied the knot with Emmerdale producer Kate in 2019

Happily Married: The actress tied the knot with Emmerdale producer Kate in 2019

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