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WATCH: Two awards for former Emmerdale star

WATCH: Two awards for former Emmerdale star

Published at 3:21pm 10th July 2017. (Updated at 5:43pm 10th July 2017)

A former Emmerdale star has been recognised for his work on a hard-hitting dementia storyline.

John Middleton, who played Ashley Thomas in the ITV soap for 20 years, was honoured with two prizes at the Royal Television Society's Yorkshire Programme Awards on Friday.

He collected the coveted Actor gong for the "heartbreaking, powerful and dignified" performance which he gave as his character dealt with the devastating effects of dementia.

John was also presented with an RTS Yorkshire Outstanding Contribution Award.

Emmerdale won in the Writer category, with Maxine Alderton taking home the prize.

Watch one of the scenes featuring Ashley: