Emmerdale star John Middleton has revealed he has been left disillusioned by his character Ashley's split from wife Laurel.
Middleton admits that he misses filming with Charlotte Bellamy, who plays Laurel.
The couple were an on-screen couple for seven years until their recent break-up.
He is quoted by Female First saying: "I'm a bit dismayed that they've split up Charlotte and I on-screen, but you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, and that's the nature of soaps.
"In the process of change, you get some great stories."
Last year, Laurel had an affair with chef Marlon Dingle but decided to stay with Ashley.
However, after she discovered that Ashley had been abusing his elderly father Sandy, she reignited her relationship with Marlon.
In a twist, Ashley's first wife Bernice also left him for a chef who worked at The Woolpack.
Middleton joked: "It's a dismaying fact that both of Ashley's wives have done that. I think it says a lot about his cooking.
"He needs to get a bit more adventurous and stop grilling fish fingers - so some French cuisine man!"
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