Emmerdale's Michelle Hardwick shows off baby bump as she embraces pregnancy

Emmerdale’s Michelle Hardwick is making the most of lockdown while pregnant and showed off her skills as a baker while making brownies on Instagram. 

The actress, who plays Vanessa Woodfield on the soap, is currently expecting her first child with wife Kate Brooks, and while the soap’s production is halted, she’s keeping herself busy. 

It seems that pregnancy while in quarantine has seemingly had a bit of an effect on Michelle, who joked that her embracing life as a mum-to-be has brought out a new side to her. 

‘I’ve baked brownies and I’m wearing a floral maternity dress. What has become of me? #adventuresinpregnancy #wethairdontcare,’ she wrote next to a photo. 

In the snap, she’s seen proudly pointing at her growing belly, next to a baking tray full of freshly cooked brownies. 

Fancy sending some our way when you’ve got a minute, Michelle? 

Michelle and Kate are expecting their new addition in October and announced their happy news in April with a joint statement. 

Michelle is currently at the centre of a huge storyline in Emmerdale, as Vanessa battles bowel cancer, and is undergoing chemotherapy. 

However, Emmerdale halted filming in March, cutting back to three episodes a week from its usual five.

ITV have confirmed that the soap could be one of the first to go off the air, saying they will run out of episodes at the end of May – although an exact date has not been confirmed.


ITV boss Kevin Lygo said at the Edinburgh Television Festival – which was held online this year – that they were working to bring the soaps back as soon as possible.

‘They are working really hard now as to how, when, if and when restrictions are lifted a bit, how can we make the soaps in a safe way,’ Lygo explained.

The team are currently putting new protocols in place to return to the show by the end of June – with a minimal absence on TV as a result. 

‘We won’t go back in shooting until we are convinced it is safe, we don’t want to put any of our staff, our cast and our crew, at risk.

‘Some people who are in a dangerous zone, by age or health reasons, they won’t be there, I’m sure, for a time.’

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