Actor Richard Thorp, who played Alan Turner on ITV’s Emmerdale for over 30 years, has died at the age of 81.
Speaking today, series producer Kate Oates said: “Richard’s death is a sad loss to Emmerdale, of which he was at the heart for so many wonderful years. Richard had a brilliant sense of humour and he will be missed by every single member of our production whose lives he touched.”
Thorp, who made his debut on Emmerdale in March 1982, was the soap’s longest serving cast member. His previous screen credits included roles in such feature films as The Dam Busters, The Barretts of Wimpole Street and There’s Always a Thursday.
A statement issued by Emmerdale paid tribute to the star: “On behalf of the cast, crew and production team at Emmerdale, we are extremely sad to hear of Richard’s death. A pillar of the show, He will be greatly missed around the Emmerdale studios but will forever live on in all the wonderful memories we all have of him. Richard was a true professional and a complete gentleman. His charm, wit and effortless grace will be sorely missed.”