Emmerdale’s Michelle Hardwick has got engaged to her girlfriend.

The actress, who plays vet Vanessa Woodfield in the ITV soap, revealed on BBC Radio Leeds that she proposed to Rosie Nicholl on New Year’s Eve.

She said: “We were in Gran Canaria on holiday and it was about 9.30 at night and I got down on one knee.

“I’d had the ring for over a year. My mum is the manager of a jewellers so I’d had it sized and everything. I was thinking, ‘I hope it still fits!’ and it did. I was thinking, ‘Her fingers will have swollen up with the heat of Gran Canaria’, but it was fine.”

Michelle explained she was planning to pop the question on Christmas Day, but was pipped to the post by one of their relatives, who called to say she had got engaged that day.

The actress, 36, has been dating Rosie for around two years.