Emmerdale’s John Bowe reveals he has quit acting after 50 years to campaign against Covid rules

Former Emmerdale star John Bowe has revealed he has quit acting to campaign against Covid rules.

The actor, 71, is best known for playing Lawrence White on the ITV soap from 2014 to 2018, he also starred on Coronation Street as Duggie Ferguson from 1999 to 2002.

Taking to Twitter earlier this week, John announced that he had left his "50 year career behind" while chatting in a thread with other social media users who claimed they were an "action group" to "stand against this tyranny".

After being tagged by one of the accounts, the actor replied with: "I have left my 50 year career behind. My family is suffering emotionally and financially because of my stand.

"But I am determined to stop this s***show. I have joined @reformparty_uk and I am in constant dialogue with the leadership because I see this as a way out of this hell."

Over the past few weeks, John has been very vocal with his opinions on both the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines.

It comes after actor revealed last year that he had battled Covid, claiming at the time that he had "nearly died".

John tweeted on April 5 2020: "#Coronavirus Sunday observations. I have nearly died twice in my life. Once just last week. The gauze between life and death is extremely thin and oh so easy to pass through. Certainly in one direction. Not sure about the other. As yet."

The soap star added at the time: "Everybody from the top down is doing their utmost. And they’re trying to do it in the best possible way in the best possible order. We must support them. We must shut up and do as we’re told. Stay home/ help the nhs/save lives."

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The actor joined Emmerdale in 2014 as Lawrence White but his character was dramatically killed off in 2018.

During the the scenes, Lawrence and his step daughter Chrissie White died after her son Lachlan deliberately caused a fatal car crash while they tried to leave the village.

This isn't John's first soap role as he also appeared as businessman Duggie Ferguson on Coronation Street from 1999 to 2002.

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