Who is Emmerdale's Michelle Hardwick and when did she marry Kate Brooks?

MICHELLE Hardwick is one of the most recognisable stars in soapland, thanks to her gritty role as Vanessa Woodfield on Emmerdale.

She recently tied the knot with producer Kate Brooks in Memphis, and we have the lowdown…

Who is Michelle Hardwick?

Michelle Hardwick, 43, was born February 26, 1976 and is an English actress.

She is best known for her role as hospital receptionist Lizzie Hopkirk in the ITV drama series The Royal.

In 2012, she had a minor role in Hollyoaks as D.I. Parker.

She has also taken part in many pantomimes, including Snow White and Cinderella.

When did Michelle marry Kate Brooks?

Michelle tied the knot with soap producer Kate Brooks in an intimate ceremony located in Memphis on September 11.

The blonde beauty took to her official Instagram page to gush about the special occasion, posting a photo as she posed with her partner in similar white apparel.

Sharing a snap of her and Kate on the steps of Gracelands, Elvis' home, she wrote: "In over 100 degrees heat, on Tuesday 10th September, I became Mrs Brooks. #graceland #chapelinthewoods #memphis #nextstopnashville."

Michelle stunned in a white jumpsuit while Kate looked incredible in a white flowing dress as she held her bouquet up in the air as she grinned for the camera.

The couple announced their engagement in December, 2019 after months of planning.

In July 2013, Michelle spoke publicly about being a lesbian for the first time, confirming that she was in a long term relationship with music teacher Rosie Nicholl at the time.

The couple became engaged on December 31, 2013, and married on April 4, 2015.

But in 2017, Michelle announced they were set to divorce.

When did Michelle join Emmerdale?

In 2012, Michelle landed the role of Vanessa Woodfield in Emmerdale.

Speaking about getting the part at the time, she said: "As a local girl and a fan of the show, Emmerdale is my dream job.

"After only 2 days I am starting to feel at home already and Vanessa is such a fun character I can't wait to see what's in store for her.

Her character is currently having a lesbian romance with Charity Dingle.

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