Emmerdale star John Middleton says news of Laurel and Marlon’s romance will devastate Ashley

Fans of Emmerdale will of know that Marlon Dingle and Laurel Thomas have been seeing each other for a few weeks now…

However, in order to choose the right moment to break the news of their relationship to Laurel’s kids, her father-in-law Sandy (Freddie Jones) and of course, her ex, Ashley, the couple have been keeping things on the down low and seeing each other in secret.

So far, only very few people in the village know that Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) and Marlon (Mark Charnock) have rekindled their passion – they of course had a platonic affair last year – but unfortunately for them, among those who know are Paddy and Rhona who are of course embroiled in a bitter row with Marlon over his decision to stop them leaving the country with his son Leo…

And in an episode that airs on August 30th, after a frustrating consultation with their solicitors, in which Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and Rhona (Zoe Henry) hoped to overturn the court order blocking their emigration to New Zealand, Paddy lets the cat out of the bag about Marlon and Laurel’s relationship in front of a packed pub…

And there to hear it is Ashley, who is of course devastated because not only does he consider that Laurel’s affair with Marlon was the beginning of the end of his marriage – and his career – he’s also currently living at Marlon’s, so he’s humiliated to boot.

John Middleton, who of course plays Ashley, has revealed to What’s On TV that when his character learns about Laurel and Marlon’s relationship, he’d like nothing more than to leave the village forever, but he can’t bear the thought of being parted from his kids, Gabby and Arthur.

John said, “Ashley’s instincts are that if it wasn’t for his children, he should just leave the village once and for all.

“It looks like little Gabby and Arthur are the only reasons for him to stay around.”

He added, “This is beyond anything Ashley thought could happen. He’s in his current situation partly because of Laurel’s affair…

“But now he has to accept that things between him and Laurel are over for good.”

Aww, you have to feel a bit sorry for Ashley eh?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.