Emmerdale's Michelle Hardwick is engaged

'Emmerdale' star Michelle Hardwick got engaged to her girlfriend Rosie Nicholl on New Year's Eve (31.12.13) while holidaying in the Gran Canaria

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Michelle Hardwick, who plays Vanessa Woodfield

Michelle Hardwick

'Emmerdale' star Michelle Hardwick has got engaged.

The 36-year-old actress - who plays the feisty vet Vanessa Woodfield in the ITV soap - popped the question to her girlfriend Rosie Nicholl on New Year's Eve (31.12.13) while on holiday.

Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds, she explained: "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."

She added: "I was very nervous. I was going to do it on Christmas morning, but then we got a phone call from Rosie's younger sister saying, 'Guess what, I'm engaged!' I thought, 'Oh, that's done that then!'"

However, Michelle - who has been dating Rosie for two years - is adamant the wedding won't take place this year, but she has her eye on a "quite a big do" when they finally tie the knot.

Although the pair won't be having a magazine covering their big day as they want it to just be friends and family present.

Michelle explained: "I don't think we're going to go down that road [...] I think as far as the actual wedding day goes, it's for us and family and friends to enjoy."

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