Emmerdale's John Middleton grateful for Ashley storyline

Emmerdale star John Middleton has admitted that he is delighted with his character's recent storylines.

The actor, who plays disgraced vicar Ashley Thomas, has been involved in an elder abuse plot with his father Sandy.

John told the Daily Record: "There is nothing like change to completely reinvigorate a character, and this is major change.

"You can get to a stage in a show, particularly when you have been somewhere as long as I have, where they run out of ideas for the role you play within the village."

The 58-year-old admitted that with the changes in Ashley's fortunes he feels like he has been "recast".

Middleton added: "What they have done here is, in a way, destroyed the character to rebuild the character, and he will not have the role he has had in the village. That role has gone. It's almost like being recast.

"It's very encouraging they have invested so much in this character that they want to keep him, and the only way they can do that is to undergo this huge change.

"That's something I am very grateful for, and it is very exciting."

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