Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing actor John Middleton who plays Ashley the vicar in Emmerdale.
John Middleton was visiting Kiwi House Care Home in Derby to officially open it and to talk to the residents. Kiwi House is a superb luxury care home run by Adept Care Group. I have done lots of care home videos and photography for Adept Care Group and I have found their homes to be exceptionally well run with very caring staff. Kiwi House has its own pub – aptly called “The Woolpack” (the same name as the pub in Emmerdale), so John just had to pop in there for a pint!
It was a great idea to get John to visit Kiwi House as in his role as Emmerdale vicar Ashley he has been in a storyline about dementia for the last 18 months which has left fans of the TV soap heartbroken. As part of his research for the plot, John visited many care homes to find out more about the illness. The story reaches its climax on Friday’s 7pm episode when Ashley dies surrounded by his family and friends.
John has been Emmerdale vicar Ashley for the last 20 years and has proved to be a firm favourite with fans. The Derby care home was packed with visitors who were all keen to talk to John and have selfies taken with him. It was quite amusing watching so many women throwing themselves at him!
I have worked with many celebrities over years and some of them can be be quite difficult (understatement!). However, I found John to be an absolute pleasure to work with. He was so amenable and friendly to me, the staff, residents and visitors. Thoroughly nice bloke. He deserves the holiday he is planning after such a long stint on Emmerdale. I look forward to seeing what roles he plays in the future. I’m sure he won’t be short of offers.
Here are some of my photos of John:
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