Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick has said she is loving the chance to be part of such a dramatic storyline on the show.

The actress, who plays vet Vanessa Woodfield, has been supporting her best friend Rhona (Zoe Henry) through her addiction to painkillers -and has subsequently fallen in love with her.

But matters are complicated by the fact that Rhona is already married to Paddy Kirk, played by Dominic Brunt,

“I’m loving this storyline,” Michelle explained, “It’s something to get your teeth into.

“I’ve only been on screen for seven or eight months and the amount I’ve been involved in so far is fantastic.”

She added: “I love working with Zoe and Dominic – there have been so many twists and turns.”

Michelle said that her Emmerdale co-stars were just as excited by the plots as she was.

“We get the scripts and go ‘wow’,” the actress revealed. “It’s great getting up in the morning and not being able to wait to get to work. There’s not many people who can say that.”