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06/07/2013 09:30 | By MSN Entertainment

Emmerdale star reveals: I'm gay

Michelle Hardwick, who plays vet Vanessa Woodfield, has spoken about her sexuality.

Michelle Hardwick from Emmerdale (© PA)

Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick, who plays vet Vanessa Woodfield, has opened up about her private life, revealing she has a girlfriend.

In an exclusive interview with The Mirror, she talks about landing her dream role in the soap six months ago and why she's decided to speak about her personal life.

After spending nine years playing Lizzie Hopkirk in The Royal, she told The Mirror: "Life is good – and my life with Rosie (her partner) is a big part of that, it really is bliss. I’ve not spoken about it sooner because it never seemed like the right time."

“When I was in The Royal the majority of our audience were older and I would have been nervous of revealing too much."

“But since joining Emmerdale I’ve been getting asked about my personal life and when people want to know ‘do you have a boyfriend?’ it’s tricky."

She went on to say: "I don’t want to hide anything. I’ve never actually been able to talk about ‘my girlfriend’ or ‘partner’ – this person that means everything to me, and it feels good to be able to finally do it.”

"People say, ‘I’d never have guessed you were gay’ because they expect you to look a certain way and I don’t fit their stereotype."

06/07/2013 13:22

One thing I will say, is that the media are acting irresponsibly, but that's not news. Being gay should no longer be news. I couldn't care less, because I define no-one as gay. I define them as who they are. No-one should judge me or create news by me being gay/straight, nor male/female, nor black or white. I am Andy, and my personality comes from the same personality that each and every one of you came from. The sooner these narrow minded idiots figure that out, the sooner we'll stop creating wars between two men or thousands of men for no reason.


But the funniest thing is - We're human. Throughout our history we've always been so absolutely sure of our own science, knowledge and all of it. Try telling someone years ago the world wasn't flat.


Everything will continue to change. But I'll tell you what, our focus is in the wrong place, and we'll wipe out our own species and natural resources before we truly evolve mentally, because we were too focused on the right outfit, technology and whether someone was gay or straight. I am ashamed of our species, especially when we're so capable of utter genius, which will be wasted before it is realised.

06/07/2013 12:30
Another gay. Big wow. Who cares really. At the rate we're going the whole world will be gay in 10 years and then the human race will die out. Probably for the best. The animals have more sense - let them take over I say!
does anybody care? I come from a time when private things were private, I don't care what michael douglas and others do
06/07/2013 16:40
I am heterosexual just like billions of other people on this planet, but I don't go round advertising the fact, so why do these rugmunchers and shirtlifters have to ?????
06/07/2013 15:59
Well said Andy D. I don't care about other peoples private lives, much less celebrities.
What does bother me is having homosexuality promoted as the new cool.
Wherever there is minority group promotion there is an agenda.
What should be promoted is tolerance, equality and individualism and not any particular groups rights since any campaign should be for equal rights across the board so long as they do not infringe upon other peoples rights and they remain within the law. 

06/07/2013 16:03
why is it when somebody is gay they have to boast about it as if it is a big deal nobody is interested.is it all about publicity and trying to put themselves in the public eye.just get a life and shut up it is no big deal.
06/07/2013 21:04
Why do the media think we are interested why do they continuously try and ram this sort of information down our throats who really gives a care what she or anybody else does in their own time ,
06/07/2013 23:39
I couldn't care less is this another attention seeking actress, wanting a bit of publicity, never watch Emmerdale, don't know who she is and couldn't care less, the only thing important is if she's any good at acting.
06/07/2013 12:06
Congratulations!! Being true to oneself and having integrity is everything - doing this must feel a huge weight off your shoulders. It should never be about other peoples'  reaction to something you have no need to be ashamed of, that prevents being able to live your life freely and with dignity. May your example entice more to do the same and especially encourage gay teenagers and young adults to see that there is nothing wrong with simply being sexually attracted to people of the same sex. When people speak out negatively against gay people, it's to themselves and their intolerance of that which may/may not be different from their own lives that should be questioned...
06/07/2013 13:05
I think I must be a lesbian cos ever since my schoolboy days I've found myself attracted to girls,rather than boys.
08/07/2013 23:39
I'm not gay...
Do I get front page news tomorrow??
06/07/2013 21:57
it is her private life and her business!

its just  the in thing with celebrities, they seem to get more work out of it

and the more camp you are the more you get .

I just hope they don't make it compulsory  


who cares if you like to munch a rug or suck a dick
07/07/2013 07:11
07/07/2013 09:14
Good on you,us guys miss out again!!great to see people being more open.
06/07/2013 19:10
Good looking girl. Well if she's happy then good on her
thats ok in the real word to day so what as long as your happy that what counts
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