Emmerdale star John Bowe quits TV in controversial move to fight Covid jabsNovember 4, 2021
Former Emmerdale star John Bowe has revealed he's quit acting for good to campaign against the rules implemented since the coronavirus pandemic.
The 71-year-old was well known to fans for playing the role of Lawrence White in the long-running soap as well as characters in other popular shows such as Coronation Street and Prime Suspect.
John made the unexpected announcement during a heated conversation with anti-vaccination campaigners on Twitter.
After being tagged by one of the users, John made his revelation and posted: "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.
John is an avid social media user and has been very vocal on Twitter about the pandemic.
The former actor has previously expressed his concerns regarding the vaccine not being effective and has hit out at the idea of vaccine passports.
However, John's brash comments have come as a surprise to some due to the fact that he had Covid-19 in April 2020 which he "nearly died" from.
Taking to Twitter at the time, he said: "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.
He added: "Beware the fickleness, selfishness and stupidity of the masses. Come on UK. We’re better than this. Stand firm and strong behind our leaders who, together with us, are trying to find a way through this vicious clinging swamp. #StayHomeSaveLives."
John's previous comment are a stark contrast to his latest tweets.
The TV star first played Lawrence White on Emmerdale from 2014 until he was tragically killed off in 2018, in a car crash.
Before Emmerdale, the father-of-six played businessman Duggie Freeman in Coronation Street between 1999 and 2002.
Duggie was also killed off in Corrie when serial murderer Richard Hillman left him to die after he fell from two stories when a fragile banister gave way.
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