Vanessa left Emmerdale last year, but where is Vanessa Woodfield in Emmerdale and when is she coming back?
Where is Vanessa Woodfield in Emmerdale?
Last year, Vanessa was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She told fiancée Charity and sister Tracy and the news left them devastated.
Vanessa had an operation to remove the tumour and lymph nodes, which was a success. However she still needed chemotherapy.
Later, Vanessa went off-screen as she left the village to go visit her mother who had a bad fall. Vanessa decided to stay with her to help look after her.
In real-life actress Michelle Hardwick was pregnant at the time and the UK had gone into it’s first lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Filming stopped on the soap from mid-March until May.
When the show resumed production, Michelle didn’t come back to filming as she was pregnant and pregnant women are considered at risk from the virus.
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Michelle and her wife Kate Brooks welcomed their son Teddy in October 2020.
Why hasn’t she come back yet?
In October 2020, Charity felt Vanessa had become distant with her and worried she was going to leave her.
Upset, she ended up kissing Moira’s brother Mackenzie, unaware of who he was at the time. However what she didn’t realise is Vanessa’s sister saw this and took a picture.
Later, Vanessa told Charity the reason she was acting distant was because she had an appointment from another scan and didn’t want to worry her.
However it was good news and she had been given the all-clear.
Vanessa planned to come back to the village, but Tracy told her about Charity’s cheating and showed her the photo.
Upset, Vanessa broke up with Charity and decided to stay with her mum for longer.
When is she coming back?
It has not been revealed exactly when Michelle Hardwick will be back filming or when Vanessa will be back on-screen.
However she is mentioned next week when Charity overhears that her former fiancée has a new girlfriend and is left devastated.
In June Michelle dropped a huge hint that she will be returning to the soap soon.
Dominic Brunt, who plays Paddy Kirk on the soap, shared a picture of a man on the beach putting nails in the ocean, writing: “True representation of me trying to make Emmerdale scripts stick in my head.”
Michelle retweeted it saying: “I’m already having anxiety dreams.”
I’m already having anxiety dreams 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/bJg4058pRN
— Michelle Hardwick (@ChelleHardwick) June 10, 2021
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Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
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