Emmerdales Michelle Hardwick ramps up security after homophobic threats

Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick has been forced to tightened up security at her Yorkshire home after being a victim to homophobic death threats.

The 46-year-old, who plays vet Vanessa Woodfield in the long-running ITV soap, had to involve police recently due to concerns for the safety of her family.

Michelle took to her Instagram account on Monday to thank a security company for increasing protection around their countryside home.

"Anyone local to the Leeds/Wakefield area who needs any security solutions then look no further than @msc.security.solutions," she said.

"This was a fully paid for job, not a paid ad. I just wanted to post because they were fabulous."

Back in May, Michelle voiced similar worries after finding herself the subject of 'horrific' trolling on social media.

In a chat with OK!, she said: "We've had a bit of trolling over the last few years. And there have been certain times when police have had to be called because there have been death threats.

"When they're mentioning your son’s name and you're just going 'Really? I'm just in a soap you know – we’re not doing any harm to anybody'."

The couple were announcing the exciting news that they're expecting a second baby together.

"It seems to have flown by this time," Michelle said of her pregnancy, adding that she's had "quite a bit of morning sickness".

Michelle and Kate revealed that their donor this time round is also their son Teddy's biological dad, and he is open to meeting the children when they're 18 if they wish to see him.

Revealing the gender, Michelle announced excitedly: "So baby number two is a little girl!"

The actress, who once played Lizzie Hopkirk (Kennoway) in ITV UK TV series The Royal, came out as gay in 2013 while dating Rosie Nicoll, whom she later tied the knot with.

Two years later, the pair sadly split and Michelle then found love with producer Kate Brooks and said "I do" in 2019.

In October 2012, it was announced that Michelle had landed a role in ITV soap Emmerdale as Rhona Goskirk's wild friend from college, Vanessa Woodfield.

In December 2018, Michelle got engaged to series producer Kate Brooks. The couple married in September 2019 and welcomed their son named Teddy in October 2020. Michelle is due to give birth in December.


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