'Emmerdale' star Michelle Hardwick went to police over online abuse

Michelle Hardwick went to the police over trolling. (Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Michelle Hardwick went to the police over trolling. (Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Emmerdale’s Michelle Hardwick has revealed she had to go to the police after online trolls said they wanted her to die.

The actor – who is best known for playing Vanessa Woodfield on the ITV soap – said she sought help when things came to a head a couple of years ago, reported Digital Spy.

Hardwick, who has a child with her wife Kate Brooks, said she didn’t receive abuse over the fact she is in a relationship with a woman.

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But the messages were still bad enough that she had to take it to the police.

Michelle Hardwick and her wife Kate Brooks are expecting their first child. (Getty Images)
Michelle Hardwick and her wife Kate Brooks. (Getty Images)

Speaking at the Silver Pride festival, she said: “[They] just wanted me to die and things like that. They didn't mention because I was gay or anything like that.

“But the police were fantastic."

Hardwick, 45, said when it comes to trolls she tells herself that they are bored and not that malicious.

Vanessa Woodfield [MICHELLE HARDWICK] walks into her surprise party. 
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Michelle Hardwick in a scene from Emmerdale (ITV Plc)

"I always think to myself, it could be your bank manager, it could be the person who works at your local florist. It's probably not, but it could be," she said. "That is the thing, nobody knows."

The star said even though she could quit social media to avoid the issue, most people online are lovely and it is just a minority who are abusive.

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Hardwick tied the knot with soap producer Brooks at Graceland in Memphis in 2019.

The pair welcomed their first child together – a son named Teddy – in October last year.

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