Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick hints at return to soap after maternity leave – Mirror Online
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Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick has hinted that she might soon be returning to the soap after taking maternity leave to welcome her baby boy Teddy with wife Kate Brooks.
The 44-year-old actress and her wife Kate Brooks, an Emmerdale producer, became proud parents for the first time in October 2020 thanks to one round of IVF treatment.
On Twitter, Michelle replied to a tweet from her co star Dominic Brunt, who plays Paddy Kirk, which said: “True representation of me trying to make Emmerdale scripts stick in my head after time off,” alongside an image of a man hammering nails into sand.
Michelle, who plays Vanessa Woodfield, wrote: “I’m already having anxiety dreams,” alongside three laughing face emojis.
One follower replied: “I was thinking while I was watching tonight’s #emmerdale when your coming back Tracy needs her sister”.
Another gushed: “ridiculously excited for you to make your return, Michelle!!”.
“Yes!! That means you’re coming back?! Can’t wait for your return now,” gushed a third.
It has not yet been confirmed how she will leave the soap, and whether she will return, but her character Vanessa has been diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer.
She is currently undergoing treatment, including chemotherapy, and has been told by the doctor that she has every chance of living, but she has been organising for girlfriend Charity adopt son Johnny in the worst case scenario.
Meanwhile, her sister Tracy Metcalfe is battling post-natal depression after welcoming a baby with her boyfriend Nate Robinson.
In order to raise awareness for National Fertility Week in 2020, the mum-of-one shared a candid post in which she tracked the stages of her IVF treatment with a series of photographs alongside Kate.
The soap star, who admitted they were “extremely lucky,” went on to explain that she received lots of injections before her wife’s egg was transferred to her.
“As it is National Fertility Week, we just wanted to share a glimpse of our amazing IVF journey,” Michelle penned on her Instagram page.
“From the initial injections, to the transfer of Kate’s egg to me, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, but one we wouldn’t change for the whole world!”
In an empowering message, the couple urged fans to remain positive in their fertility journeys.
“We were extremely lucky that it worked first time, as we know the journey can be a lot harder for some.
“So whatever stage you are at with your fertility treatment, try and stay strong and stay positive. Teddy, you made it all worthwhile #youarenotalone#nationalfertilityawarenessweek.”
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