John Middleton (actor)

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John Middleton
Born (1953-09-07) 7 September 1953 (age 63)
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actor
Television Emmerdale
Coronation Street

John Middleton (born 7 September 1953 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English actor well known for his part in ITV's Emmerdale as Ashley Thomas.


He has appeared in many other TV programmes, most notably in 1993 as John Hargreaves in Coronation Street, the man who knocked down and killed Lisa Duckworth. A year later he appeared again in Coronation Street, this time as a hospital consultant, when Deirdre Barlow's former husband Samir Rachid was beaten up and killed by a gang of thugs.

His first Emmerdale role was that of PC John Jarvis at the time of the Post Office raid in 1994, before landing the role of Vicar Ashley Thomas in December 1996. In October 2015, when a new storyline was revealed on-screen for Ashley, it was also announced Middleton would be leaving his role as Ashley after 20 years. Middleton's contract will end around May 2017 and Ashley will be departing in the Summer.

Before appearing in both Coronation Street and Emmerdale, Middleton was seen in an early 90s UK TV advertisement for Swinton Insurance.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to his childhood sweetheart Christine and they have two sons, George and Jack.[citation needed] He plays cricket for the Emmerdale team and also the celebrity team, the Bunburys.

He is also a longtime supporter and has been a member of the Labour Party since 1982.

He is a supporter of Newcastle United Football Club.


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