Emmerdale star: Viewers are upset my character’s not a lesbian
Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick has revealed she had angry messages from fans – after her character started dating a man following a lesbian storyline.
The star plays Vanessa Woodfield on the soap, who had a relationship with Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) before dating current boyfriend Kirin Kotecha (Adam Fielding).
She told Digital Spy: “There are certain people on Twitter that were so upset that Vanessa is not a lesbian after the Rhona story.
“I don’t respond to everyone but what I say is that when Vanessa came into the village, she wasn’t a lesbian.
“She was a free spirit who was quite man mad, eyeing up Andy Sugden at the bar.
“Vanessa fell in love with her best friend who she was helping through a difficult time, and it became more of an obsession.
“Some people would prefer her to be with a woman, but hey ho – let’s mix it up a bit, that’s what I say!”
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She added: “I’d love the Vanessa and Kirin relationship to last, but truthfully I don’t know what’s going to happen beyond what we’re doing now.”
Creative director John Whiston said at the time: I wholly agree that including such unchallenged attitudes in Emmerdale is plain wrong.
“It is a huge disappointment to me and to the team that in this instance such unthinking and old-fashioned prejudice should have crept into the show in this way.
“Apparently it was added at a very late stage before filming when the show was in danger of under-running.”