ITV drama The Royal's actress Michelle Hardwick to join Emmerdale

Michelle Hardwick will play Vanessa Woodfield

The self-assured party girl will be like a breath of fresh air when she arrives at the Vet's practice. Vanessa is plain-speaking, always up for a laugh and instantly clashes with Rhona’s husband Paddy (Dominic Brunt).

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Emmerdale: Four new faces to rock the dales

After the success of Emmerdale’s first live episode, four new faces are set to take the village by storm this autumn.