Emmerdale reveals unexpected EXIT storyline for THIS main character

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Emmerdale have revealed Vanessa Woodfield's exit storyline...

It's a sad day for 'Vanity' fans, because Vanessa Woodfield has officially left Emmerdale.

Emmerdale fans will know that Charity Dingle and fiancee Vanessa have been to hell and back over recent months, with Vanessa fighting for her life as she battles bowel cancer.

Charity and Vanessa are scared in Emmerdale

Charlie has been by Vanessa's side as she fights bowel cancer (Picture: ITV)

While the pair have had their differences, Vanessa's illness has bought them closer together Charity is now hoping to adopt Vanessa's son, Johnny.

Vanessa's left the village

But while Charity is busy trying to track down Johnny's father, Kirin Kotecha, Vanessa's left the village as she continues her cancer battle.

Emmerdale fans know that actress Michelle Hardwick, who plays Vanessa, is expecting her first child with Emmerdale producer wife, Kate Brooks.

Emmerdale, Charity Dingle, Vanessa Woodfield

Vanessa's exit storyline has been revealed in Emmerdale (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

The pair are due to welcome their new arrival into the world this October, and so this departure storyline for Vanessa marks the actress's maternity leave.

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Vanessa's absence from our screens was explained in Wednesday's episode of Emmerdale during a conversation between Charity and Tracy Metcalfe.

Charity and Tracy ITV

A scene with Charity and Tracey revealed Vanessa has gone to live with her mum (Picture: ITV)

Tracy had been round to visit Charity to offer her support while Vanessa was away visiting her mum.

The characters revealed that Vanessa would be staying with her mum for a while, explaining that she has moved away temporarily so that she could focus on her fight with cancer.

Charity and Tracy ITV

Charity looked lost without Vanessa by her side (Picture: ITV)

Earlier this month Michelle posted a picture on her Instagram account, delighting fans with her growing bump as she moves into the third trimester of her pregnancy.

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With Vanessa now off our screens for the foreseeable, it seems Charity is going to have a long wait on her hands before she can marry her fiancee.

But before all that happens, will she managed to track down Kirin? And will he agree to her adopting Johnny as her own child?

Emmerdale will temporarily air a reduced schedule of three episodes a week.

Watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm on ITV.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.