It’s not been long since village vet Vanessa forgave her fella, Kirin, for losing his cool with their crying baby, Johnny. Vanessa has agreed to give Kirin another chance. But little does she know, he’s hiding a shock secret. He was the hit-and-run driver responsible for the death of Paddy and Rhona’s friend, Tess!

“Vanessa  and Kirin try and be a normal family but she can see he’s struggling,” says Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick, who plays Vanessa. “Viewers will know the real reason is because of what he’s done.”

With the shock truth about Kirin’s crime threatening to wreck their happy family, how will Vanessa cope with single motherhood if Kirin ends up going to prison?

After all, we know Adam Fielding who plays Kirin has now left the soap.

“I’m certainly going to miss Adam and his madness on set!” smiles Michelle. “So we’re going to see Vanessa juggling single motherhood and working as well. And with everything that is happening now with Rhona and Paddy she’s got to be there for her best mate. As far as relationships go, there’s only one man in her life at the moment and that’s little baby Johnny. She doesn’t need anybody else.”

Watch the interview with Michelle Hardwick, above.

Emmerdale continues weeknights on ITV at 7pm.