A fresh-faced Reverend Ashley Thomas arrived in the village on 5 December 1996
Emmerdale's Ashley Thomas
It’s been over 20 years since vicar Ashley Thomas arrived in Emmerdale, but actor John Middleton has now preached his last sermon in the village church and had his final pint in The Woolpack. Sadly, Ashley finally succumbs to the dementia that has gripped his mind and body in a moving two year storyline, and passes away peacefully at home. TV Choice remembers his highlights.