Emmerdale fans ‘work out’ Vanessa Woodfield returns after huge bombshell drops

Emmerdale’s Vanessa Woodfield has not been seen on the ITV serial drama for a considerable amount of time, but will that all change soon?
Emmerdale viewers are predicting a huge return for fan-favourite Vanessa Woodfield (played by Michelle Hardwick) on the ITV soap.

Fans will recall Vanessa left the Yorkshire Dales in November 2022 for a dream job in Canada after she fell out with her friend Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) and broke up with her girlfriend Suzy Merton (Martelle Edinborough).

The actress is currently on maternity leave from the soap, but she is set to return to the serial drama this year.

At last year’s British Soap Awards, Michelle confirmed she would be heading back to the village in the future, but admitted: “I’ve not got a date as such”.

She told Metro.co.uk: “I’m definitely going back! It’ll be later in the year at some point, but definitely, I’ll be back!” While she didn’t make a comeback in 2023, this might be the year she rocks up in the village.

Viewers are convinced she will be returning soon to support her half-sister Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) who has been embarking on a steamy affair with Caleb Milligan (Will Ash).

Caleb happens to be her husband Nate Robsinson’s (Jurell Carter) uncle and ITV soap spoilers have revealed he’s set to rumble their romance in upcoming scenes.

Nate will soon offload on Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor Draper) as he becomes suspicious something is going on between Caleb and Tracy.

He becomes even more distrustful of Tracy when she accidentally skips their romance lunch plans. Will he catch Tracy out and expose her affair?

Emmerdale fans have taken to Reddit with their theories on how the complicated storyline with play out.

One user shared: “I would predict Vanessa returning to help her sister after Nate finds out about Tracy and Caleb’s affair.

“Would like for it to be someone different from Vanessa and Kerry as it’s already been announced they are returning.”

Jenny added: “I’ve heard a lot about her possibly returning and I’m really hoping it’s true with all the history and connections she has in the village.”

Lizzie shared: “Vanessa – who will try to offer support to Tracy when the affair with Caleb is exposed – as well as reconnecting with Charity – although not necessarily on a “romantic” level.” (sic)

Another fan wondered if Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) and Vanessa would rekindle their romance, leaving her partner Mackenzie Boyd (Lawrence Robb) heartbroken.

They wrote: “I always wondered if Vanessa comes back if Charity would cheat on Mack with Vanessa because Vanessa was the one before Mack suddenly was and the whole triangle comes full circle. Charity cheats on Mack with Vanessa.”

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