Why is Vanessa Woodfield not in Emmerdale?

CHARITY Dingle cheats on Vanessa Woodfield this week after convincing herself that their relationship is over. 

So where is Vanessa and why isn’t she in Emmerdale village? Here's the lowdown…

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Why is Vanessa not in Emmerdale?

Vanessa departed suddenly from the village in May as she continues to battle bowel cancer.

Charity casually revealed that Vanessa had moved in with her mum to focus on battling the disease. 

But as fans well know, Vanessa's exit was really to facilitate actress Michelle Hardwick’s maternity leave.

Michelle has now welcomed a baby boy with her wife Kate Brooks.

The star announced the happy news on social media on Sunday October 11, writing on Instagram: "On Friday 9th October, this handsome little chap entered the world."

She added: "Edward 'Teddy' Peter Brooks we are so in love with you #ourlittleTeddyboy."

Will Vanessa return to Emmerdale?

The news that Michelle is having a baby has left fans fearing that show bosses will kill off her character after losing her battle with cancer.

And Michelle didn't reassure viewers when she said she had always known what the ending for Vanessa’s cancer storyline would be. 

She told Radio Times: “I won’t say which way it goes, but I was told straight away.

“As soon as [Emmerdale’s executive producer] Jane Hudson brought me up, she told me the storyline and the outcome.

“I didn’t even have time to think about it one way or another. As soon as I was told the story, I was told the outcome.

“It wasn’t a case of ‘here’s the story but we don’t know yet’. So I’ve always known what happens in the storyline but my lips are sealed…”

But soap bosses are yet to confirm whether Vanessa will return to the Dales and reunite with Charity in person any time soon.

So viewers will have to tune in to find out. 

Are Charity and Vanessa over in Emmerdale?

Charity will turn to the bottle next week in the ITV soap after cheating on Vanessa and growing convinced that she’s destroyed their relationship. 

So it’s certainly not looking good for the pair. 

But fans needn’t worry as Emmerdale scriptwriter Sharon Marshall has suggested thing things will work out for Vanessa and Charity in the end.

Speaking on This Morning, she revealed: "My Twitter stream, I'm seeing your messages, so I'm hearing everyone.

“Of course Vanity isn't over. We know you love them, we love them. But of course, the lovely actress went off and had the most beautiful baby in the whole wide world, Michelle, so she's on maternity leave.

"What this is is Charity getting something wrong in her head and doing her usual thing – self-destruction, being an idiot, being hedonistic. There is a kiss coming up with a total stranger… But look, she loves her."

She added: "We've not forgotten about Vanity. We love them as much as everyone else."

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