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'Emmerdale' to mark death of Richard Thorp's Alan Turner with funeral

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Emmerdale bosses will mark the death of long-running character Alan Turner following the passing of Richard Thorp.

The actor, who had played the role of Alan on the ITV soap for over 30 years, died in May at the age of 81.

Richard Thorp as Alan Turner in 'Emmerdale'

© Rex Features / ITV

Richard Thorp as Alan Turner in 'Emmerdale'



The storyline, which was developed after consultation with the actor's family, will see his character peacefully pass away in his sleep.

A funeral will then be shown at the end of October and will see the return of actress Lorraine Chase, who played Alan's daughter Steph Stokes.

Chase's character was last seen in the soap in 2006 when she was wrongly jailed for murder. She will be escorted back for the funeral by prison guards.

Speaking of her return, Chase said: "l was devastated when l heard the news that my dear friend Richard Thorp had died.

"He was a wonderful, joyous man, a great actor, and l felt privileged to have worked with him so closely.

Richard Thorp alongside Lorraine Chase, who played Turner's daughter Steph Stokes between 2002 and 2006

© Rex Features / ITV

Alan and Steph



"When Emmerdale rang me to ask if l would consider coming back to guest at his character Alan - my on-screen dad's - funeral, I was overjoyed. I just wish with all my heart that the circumstances were different."

Emmerdale producer Kate Oates added: "Alan Turner was so important to Emmerdale and we felt it was right to give his character a proper send off.

"It will be emotional as both the character and Richard are sorely missed and will be for a long time to come".

Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV.

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