British actress Michelle Hardwick is engaged to marry her longtime girlfriend after proposing on New Year's Eve (31Dec13). The 37 year old, best known for her role in U.K. soap opera Emmerdale, popped the question to her partner Rosie Nicholl during a sun-soaked vacation at Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands over the festive period. Hardwick confirmed the happy news during an interview with U.K. radio station BBC Radio Leeds, saying, "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... I was very nervous." She also revealed her plans to propose on Christmas Day (25Dec13) had to be postponed when she found out Nicholl's sister had become engaged the same day. Hardwick adds, "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!'"