John Middleton sad about Emmerdale love split

Emmerdale's John Middleton is upset his character and on-screen wife have been split up

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John Middleton

Emmerdale's John Middleton is upset his character and on-screen wife have been split up.

The actor - who plays Ashley Thomas in the ITV1 soap - will miss shooting scenes with Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy), after she ran off with chef Marlon Dingle.

He said: "I'm a bit dismayed that they've split, up Charlotte and I on-screen, but you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, and that's the nature of soaps. In the process of change, you get some great stories."

The irony is not wasted on John either, as his former vicar's character's first wife, Bernice Blackstock, also ran off with a chef who worked in the kitchen at the Woolpack pub.

He added: "It's a dismaying fact that both of Ashley's wives have done that. I think it says a lot about his cooking. He needs to get a bit more adventurous and stop grilling fish fingers - so some French cuisine man!"

He's also enjoying the sympathy viewers are now giving the unlucky-in-love character.

He added: "I've had a lot of sympathy actually. I just got back from visiting my brother in Ireland. He has a neighbour called Annie who's a devoted fan of the show, so whenever I'm there I pop around. When I got out of the car to see her this time, she said, 'Now, I've got a bed made up for you and a flask of soup!' It was incredibly sweet."

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