Emmerdale star John Middleton has revealed that his alter-ego Ashley Thomas's current storyline has a long way to go.
After being rejected by his family and most of the village Ashley's life has spiraled out of control and he has been sleeping rough on the streets.
Ashley's downfall came after it was revealed that he has abused his elderly father Sandy.
Asked if the former vicar could look forward to any happiness, Middleton told Soaplife: "It's a very long journey and although I've had hints as to where he'll end up, I don't know.
"But we're talking all the way to Christmas, with some new characters coming in, too."
Next week Ashley finally gets a place to stay when his love rival offers him a room.
However, he doesn't realise that Marlon still has strong feelings for Laurel.
John explained: "He doesn't suspect it because Marlon's taken him in.
"That would be a terrible thing for Marlon to do - provide a haven for Ashley while having an affair with his wife.
"As it happens, though, Marlon's talking about going to New Zealand, which would be a win-win situation for Ashley as Marlon would remove himself from the picture."
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