Ashley Thomas' dementia storyline extended

John Middleton

John Middleton

Ashley Thomas' dementia storyline has been extended on 'Emmerdale', delaying actor John Middleton's departure.

Ashley Thomas' dementia storyline has been extended on 'Emmerdale'.

The popular vicar - played by John Middleton - will lose his battle with dementia but new boss Iain MacLeod has asked actor John Middleton to stay until next spring as he wants to give Ashley's storyline "its due".

John told the Daily Star Sunday: "The storyline is going to be extended a little bit. That was the first thing I wanted to ask Iain MacLeod.

"I had a meeting with him and said, 'Iain, I just need to know when I'm going, my agent's chomping at the bit. "Iain did say he wanted to get as many chapters, as he put it, out of it as he can. He also wants to give the story its due."

Speaking about Ashley's rekindled relationship with ex-wife Laurel, he added: "What we're dealing with here is a love story where you know there is only one ending for Ashley and Laurel."

John previously revealed he felt incredibly honoured producers chose him to portray such a hard-hitting and emotional storyline.

He said: "It's a big challenge, so it's not a very comfortable journey for an actor but it is an exciting one.

"I'm getting to explore things that you never normally do. I know it seems wrong but I'm actually thoroughly enjoying it."


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