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John Middleton asked if he could keep his beard on Emmerdale
Emmerdale star John Middleton has revealed he begged soap bosses to let him keep his beard.
His character, vicar Ashley Thomas became homeless after suffering a nervous breakdown. And even now Ashley is starting to sort out his life again, John wants to keep the beard he grew for the storyline.
He told Inside Soap magazine: "Everyone keeps saying, 'John, that really suits you!'.
"For a while my wife said nothing, but I confronted her about it recently and she said, 'I've watched it grow, and I suppose it's grown on me as well'. It's been great for me, though.
"I begged the Emmerdale bosses to let me keep it, and so far they've said I can!"
The actor also revealed he was already feeling nervous ahead of Emmerdale's 40th anniversary episode.
He said: "As you know, we're doing a live episode, and we're approaching it with trepidation! If anything goes wrong on set these days, people just turn round and go, "I've got two words for you - 'live episode'!
"We don't know what's going to happen, but we've had various hints. It's terribly exciting."
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