EMMERDALE’s Michelle Hardwick has been inundated with messages of support after revealing the homophobic abuse she has received online.
The actor – who plays Vanessa Woodfield in the ITV soap – shared the horrific homophobic messages from the troll and dared them to reveal their identity.
Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick revealed she has received vile homophobic abuseCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Michelle posted the homophobic comments on TwitterCredit: Twitter
The star thanked fans for their supportCredit: Twitter
Taking to Twitter, Michelle revealed the horrendous comments that had been posted on her Instagram account calling her a “d**e” and a “l**bo brat”.
The soap star, who is openly gay, defiantly wrote alongside a screenshot of the troll’s comments: “Come on, show us who you really are… I dare you!”
Michelle is married to Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks and the couple welcomed their first child together in October 2020 – a baby boy named Edward.
Kate had the best response to the troll and replied to Michelle’s tweet saying: “Hi ‘Michael’, the original Prisoner Cell Block H called from 1985 – they’d really like their insults back. Thanks a mill.”
Michelle later posted on Twitter thanking fans for their messages of support after she revealed the vile abuse.
“Overwhelmed by all your beautiful supportive messages,” she posted against a rainbow-coloured background.
“I honestly don’t take it to heart, I just like to highlight it every so often.
“Thank you to every single person who took the time to message me whether I know you personally or not. I promise I’ll read them all.”
Vanessa is currently absent from Emmerdale village, but actress Michelle recently teased her return to the soap.
Responding to her co-star Dominic Brunt, who plays Paddy Kirk, the actress joked that she was already worrying about trying to learn her lines.
Dominic’s tweet featured a meme showing a man trying to nail down the tide to the beach.
He said: “True representation of me trying to make Emmerdale scripts stick in my head after time off.”
Michelle, who clearly relates, said: “I’m already having anxiety dreams.”
Michelle is married to Emmerdale producer Kate BrooksCredit: Instagram