Emmerdale star John Middleton has admitted that his character Ashley Thomas, would be shattered if his wife Laurel starts an affair with Marlon Dingle.
John said that the vicar was already hurt by the couple's fling and that Ashley would be "devastated" if Laurel and Marlon reunite.
The actor told Inside Soap: "If Laurel goes to Marlon, Ashley will be shattered.
"I don't think he'd even try to fight for her. This time, he'd have to accept it's over."
He said there was a chance that the pair could get back together after Marlon (Mark Charnock) provides Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) with a shoulder to cry on.
John said: "Ashley's dreadfully hurt because this whole situation began when Laurel and Marlon grew so close.
"Now he can see it being rekindled in front of his eyes, and thinks that Marlon is taking advantage of the situation."
Middleton confessed it was challenging for his character to become such a villain, especially with the storyline which saw him abuse his elderly father Sandy.
He admitted: "This storyline has taken me on a very different journey as an actor, and variety is the spice of life.
"But I have found it uncomfortable - I don't like being horrible to people I like so much!"
John added that the reaction he has received from fans to his character's change has surprised him.
He said: "I honestly thought I'd have to go round with a paper bag on my head. But actually, it's been a very mixed response.
"Some people aren't very happy with Ashley, but others have spoken of the strain they felt at having to look after their own elderly parent. There hasn't been universal condemnation."
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