Vanessa's parents, Tom and Helen, own their own car and van hire business.
Graduated from the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London in 2004.
Vanessa: I was the biggest fan of Heartbeat and grew up watching it on Sunday nights. Going into the show I felt that I knew everybody already, so I guess I kind of had a confidence. I've learned more in the last 18 months than I did in three years at drama school.