Michelle Hardwick is behind businesswoman Vanessa Woodfield, who’s the half-sister of Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) and a partner at the Emmerdale Veterinary Surgery. She has been at the heart of some major storylines during her stint so far in the ITV soap from breast cancer and long-lost family to various romances with the residents of Emmerdale. So it’s understandable that fans are eager to know all there is about the actress’s private life.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Emmerdale.Michelle Hardwick is married to Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks who she publicly started dating in 2017.
Kate had previously worked on other shows such as Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and A League of Their Own before joining the ITV drama.
The pair eloped in 2019 to Graceland, Memphis, to have their intimate ceremony and tie the knot.
Sharing the good news with her Instagram followers at the time, Michelle wrote: “In over 100 degrees heat, on Tuesday 10th September, I became Mrs Brooks #graceland #chapelinthewoods #memphis #nextstopnashville.”
Emmerdale star Michelle has two children with her wife Kate, Teddy, who was born in October 2020, and now daughter Betty, who she gave birth to last week.
The 46-year-old shared a couple of adorable pictures of their newborn on social media with the caption: “Introducing Betty Brooks to the world! Betty made a cheeky early appearance on Tuesday 15th November weighing 5lb 10oz.
“We all love you so much our beautiful Betty B.” (sic)
Both Teddy and Betty’s biological father is the same donor who is open to meeting the children when they turn 18 if they wish to meet him.
Prior to giving birth to Betty, Michelle talked to OK! magazine about one day meeting their donor.
She explained: “When Teddy is 18 he can find out who his dad is and we’d massively back him.
“I’d love to meet him just to say, ‘Thank you so much for allowing us to be parents and giving us the most beautiful little boy’.”
While the extension of their family is welcome news, it also means a departure from the village.
It has been revealed that Michelle’s character Vanessa will be leaving Emmerdale next week.
She is going to be offered a new job in Canada after the revelation that Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) bought Jamie Tate’s (Alex Lincoln) share of the vets.
This came with part of the contract stating that Kim will receive 15 percent off her future veterinary bills.
Initially, Michelle thinks that she will be jetting off to Canada with her girlfriend Suzy Merton (Martelle Edinborough) by her side.
But when she finds her and Leyla Cavanagh (Roxy Shahidi) alone together, she believes Suzy is taking drugs again.
Despite receiving proof from Leyla that this wasn’t the case, the damage has been done.
The couple decides to end their romance for good and Vanessa has a leaving party.
In real life, Michelle is on maternity leave so it is thought that she will be returning to the soap sometime in the future.
Emmerdale is available to watch on ITV and ITVX.