Updated 1st February 2004

Mary Stephanie ("Steph") Stokes nee Turner

Lorraine Chas, who plays Steph

Played By: Lorraine Chase. Lorraine was born 16 July 1951, South London, England, UK

See IMDB entry for: Lorraine Chase

First Apparance in Emmerdale: 3rd September 2002

Character's Birthdate: In the official books said to be Born: 1956, however this has now been revised and she was born July 1953.

Probably the eldest of Alan Turner's two children as when her brother appeared in th series he was a undergraduate student. However Steph's daughter Tricia would have already been born.

Character Married:
?? Stokes

Relatives: mother of Tricia Stokes, daughter of Alan Turner and probably his 1st wife Jill (played by Patricia Maynard and appeared in the series around 1984-1986). She has a brother Terence Turner (who appeared in Emmerdale in 1985-1986 and was played by Stephen Marchant. However this is the first time we have met "Steph"


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Character: Stephanie “Steph” Stokes


Steph arrived in early September 2002 and immediately made a lasting impression on then son in law to be Marlon Dingle, by leaving him flat on the floor. Steph had punched Marlon, thinking that he had been cheating on Tricia with another girl. Tricia demanded her mother leave, but Steph had driven all the way from London and wanted to catch up with her shocked daughter.

Alan stepped in and said that his daughter Steph could stay with him in the B&B for the night. But Steph decided to stay in the village and eventually made up with her daughter, Tricia, whom she had been fighting with because Tricia had caught her mother in bed with her then boyfriend.

On the night before Tricia’s wedding to Marlon, Steph ended up kissing Marlon. But in the end the wedding never happened and Paddy and Emily ended up getting married.

Steph later started selling dodgy items to the villagers and blew out most of the lights in the village, with her Christmas lighting display. Steph started working with Rodney in the antiques barn, but he was soon put out by her sales techniques. He said that she couldn’t sell her gear in the barn, but was forced to offer her a return to his business, after he wasn’t pulling in near as many customers after she left.

Taken From:- 1st September 2002: The Sun Online:- Your Guide To This Week On Emmerdale
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Sheree Murphy & Lorraine Chase as mother and daughter Tricia and Steph
Tricia is not happy to see her mother Steph

"" TRICIA'S mother Steph makes a shock entrance in The Woolpack - and lays out Tricia’s fiancé Marlon with a
single punch!

Steph, played by TV favourite Lorraine Chase, wants to get back into her daughter’s life.

Steph’s had a call from her father Alan Turner, who left a message on her answering machine saying that Tricia was having trouble with a guy called Marlon.

So when she arrives in Emmerdale, she’s no idea she has walked into Tricia’s engagement party.

“Naturally Steph has raced to defend her daughter,” says Lorraine. “But unfortunately she acts first and asks questions later.

“She belts Marlon and then rushes to comfort her astonished daughter. It makes for a memorable reunion.”

But Tricia is horrified. She hasn’t seen her mother for years - and then she marches back in and knocks the man Tricia loves to the ground.

Steph protests that she was only protecting her, but Tricia is furious with her mother, both for hitting Marlon and for presuming she can walk back into Tricia’s life.

And she’s livid with her grandfather for getting in touch with Steph in the first place. Any trouble she had with Marlon was nothing to do with anyone else, argues Tricia angrily.

“Steph is just as stunned as Tricia,” says Lorraine. “She didn’t know Tricia was getting engaged.

“But Steph’s not the sort of woman to apologise for her actions. She’s every bit as headstrong as her daughter.

“Steph felt unloved as a child and rebelled against her busy father, Turner, when she was younger. Eventually she ran off and married a man her family didn’t approve of.

“It’s clear she’s flirted with the wrong side of the law as she sneers that her husband was ‘the biggest waster in north London’.

“Turner’s phone call prompted her to try to build bridges with her family. She’s getting to the age where she doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life on her own.

“Her hard-hitting entrance is a bit of a shock for all concerned, but it’s a great way to join the show.”

Tricia orders her mother to leave, but Steph has driven all the way from London and flatly refuses to go straight back.

So Turner steps in and insists his daughter must stay until the next day at least. He wants to revive his relationship with Steph - however difficult that might be.

Next day, Steph sets off to try to talk to Tricia, and Turner goes along to keep an eye on them.

“Steph announces that she wants to stay in Emmerdale to heal the family rift,” says Lorraine.

“Tricia is horrified, but Steph won’t be put off. She is determined she’s not going to travel all this way without trying to get to know both her father and her daughter a lot better.”

Steph is clearly the sort of person who has a whole rack of skeletons in her cupboard and Lorraine, famous for the Campari ads in the 1970s, is delighted to be playing the role.

She was particularly impressed to receive a royal seal of approval on her first day on the show - the Queen
visited the set as Lorraine arrived to start work.

“She was very interested in the programme and she wished me luck,” said Lorraine.

“Steph’s the sort of lady who is used to getting her own way. I like her, and I think we’re going to have some fun together.” ""

Teletext: Diary 4th/5th September 2002

Today's the day when Lorraine Chase finally arrives on the Emmerdale scene to play Tricia's mother and it's a pretty explosive entrance too.

"She's the sort of woman who puts out that she's concerned for averyone else," says Lorraine. "But she is just in it for all she can get. But I don't think she's a malicious soul."

Lorraine reckons her character, Steph, is one of those who thinks she can "pick up precisely where she laft off". She wants to be a mum again.

Emmerdale Teletext Diary 28/29 August 2002

Emmerdale is going to be a huge challenge for Lorraine Chase, who has joined the soap as Tricia's mum.

Not only is this her first major TV role for some time, it also marks a return to work for the courageous actress. Last year she was horrifically injured in a car crash.

Her face was badly damaged and one ear was almost severed, but she was determined to battle on. "I feel lucky to be alive," she says, after 18 months out of work

The Sun 24th March 2003

Steph tries to rescue her belongings from the rubbish truck


Weekdays ITV1

STEPH'S dreams of a fabulous new life in the south of France are shattered - in the back of a rubbish lorry.

Antiques dealer Steph is in her element after reaching a deal with Rodney to share the £100,000 proceeds from a sale of a valuable figurine he had found in a house clearance. The couple sleep together, but in the morning Steph dumps him, leaving him very hurt.

"Steph doesn’t care about anyone but herself," admits Lorraine Chase, who plays Tricia’s pushy mum.

"She has a real go at Nicola, which leaves her speechless - for once! Rodney is keen on Steph but she is just keen on manipulating him."

Steph pretends to leave behind the other statues she has in her collection as security when she gets ready to go off and sell the figurine, but in fact all she leaves is a case full of bricks.

Steph is all packed and ready to go, but Nicola - upset to see her dad cast aside - grabs her bags and hurls them in to the dust cart, smashing the ornament.

"Steph goes ballistic when she finds out," says Lorraine.

"She can’t believe her fortune has been snatched away. She screams that the figurine was worth a fortune and her life is wrecked. She locks herself in Mill Cottage and refuses to come out."

BBC Pure Soap 20th June 2003

Steph's wealth woe

Lorraine Chase

Gold-digging Steph Stokes is in for a shock in Emmerdale - her new fiance isn't all she thinks he is.

Steph, played by Lorraine Chase, is under the impression Rodney Blackstock is rich and sets out to win his affections and a life of luxury.

And she is thrilled to accept his proposal of marriage - until she finds out his real worth is more modest than she'd hoped.

Steph even starts gloating to her friends about her new-found wealth after innocent Rod pops the question.

But when she finds out the truth she sets about trying to wriggle out of the engagement, the Daily Star reported.

A source told the Star: "She's got one hell of a shock in store. Suddenly her plans for a wealthy future turn to dust.

" But she's only got herself to blame."

The Sun's Weekly Guide To The Soaps 28th June 2003


Weekdays ITV1

Rodney proposes to Steph

STEPH turns 50 this week and it hurts. She feels lonely and hard-up and is suddenly attracted to wealthy local businessman Rodney.

When he plans a surprise party for her, she is shocked but responds by throwing herself into his arms.

She jokes about them growing old together and when he doesn’t argue, she takes it as a sign - and announces their engagement!

But when she learns he is actually penniless, heartless Steph breaks off the romance.

Steph starts the week feeling gloomy about her birthday. “She reckons she should be living in a dream home in the sunshine by now,” says Lorraine Chase, who plays Tricia’s gold-digging mum.

“Her dad says life is a compromise and Steph’s mind starts working overtime. When she hears a row about money between Nicola and Rodney, she starts thinking he might not be a bad catch.”

When Rodney doesn’t resist her advances, she announces they are to be married.

“Everyone is shocked that Steph has got her meal ticket . . . whoops, I mean her man!” says Lorraine.

“But she gets cold feet when she checks his bank statements and realises that her would-be husband-to-be is flat broke.”


Sullen Steph

Monday | 01.07.03

Steph and Rodney at her 50th birthday party

Steph Stokes is lamenting her lost youth in Emmerdale tonight.
The scheming antiques saleswoman is miserable with the way her life has turned out and wonders how she can reverse her fortunes.

Steph has lost some of her spark ever since she ruined her chances of a lavish retirement in France. The conniving temptress nearly conned boss Rodney Blackstock out of a fortune when she spotted some pricey statuettes and planned to sell them and live off the money.

But Steph's decision to taunt arch enemy Nicola – Rodney's daughter – cost her the dream, after the furious receptionist accidentally smashed the statuettes in a rage.

And now, with her 50th birthday on the horizon, Steph confides in father Alan Turner that she had hoped for more success in her life. Concerned by her defeatist attitude, Alan decides to give his wayward offspring a pep talk.

He urges her to follow her dreams and Steph – ever on the lookout to improve her life – starts to believe that she can make some big changes in her life.

What scheme will the cunning Steph cook up now?


The Stokes – Is This It?

Tuesday | 08.07.03

Emmerdale vixen Steph Stokes is back to her old tricks.

Steph has already broken Rodney Blackstock’s heart this month and now she is set to cause her father Alan Turner sleepless nights.

With her old pal fat Shelley in town, Steph has already become the scourge of the neighbourhood – especially with her penchant for behaving badly.

And at home the scheming stunner makes herself just as unpopular as she embroils her unwitting father in yet another of her bizarre plans.

Tonight she decides to get back to work, and that involves opening a beauty salon in Alan’s B&B without even asking him.

To make matters even worse, she also helps herself to his credit cards as well. And before long poor Alan is left red-faced when his card is declined in the local store.

However, after years of estrangement, Alan is enjoying having a closer relationship with his wayward daughter. In turn, it suits Steph to have another source of money and a place to live.

Will Alan put his foot down and make Steph repay him?

The Sun 2nd August 2003

alan gets carried to hospital on a stretcher


Weekdays BBC1

THERE'S a medical emergency for Alan Turner when he collapses with a suspected heart attack and has to be rushed to hospital.

His mean-spirited daughter Steph rushes into action as he’s whisked off in an ambulance - but not to Alan’s bedside. Instead, she hurries to check her father’s will and is horrified to discover she’s not in it!

“The sudden collapse is a nasty shock for Alan,” says Richard Thorp, who plays the roly-poly businessman.

“He has just decided to buy the B&B and told Steph and Shelly that they can stay on there.

“But he’s suddenly hit by this excruciating pain when he’s helping Shelly carry some heavy bags. He feels absolutely terrible.”

It’s Marlon who goes with Alan in the ambulance to the hospital - where it turns out Alan hasn’t had a heart attack - while Steph stays behind.

She has more important matters to attend to . . . searching through her dad’s papers to find his life insurance and his will!

She is furious to find she’s being left nothing and vows to Shelly that she will keep her father alive long enough to get the will changed.

“The collapse is a pretty frightening experience but Alan recovers quite quickly and Marlon brings him home after a couple of days,” says Richard.

“Steph is clearly more worried about her inheritance, but Marlon tells Alan how worried his granddaughter Tricia is about him.

“Alan remarks that compassion must have skipped a generation in his family and tells Steph straight out that she has already had more than enough money from him.

“Alan knows his daughter well enough to realise she is a complete stranger to hard work,” adds Richard. “And he is delighted when she is cornered into taking a job working for Pollard at the factory. Maybe that’ll keep her out of mischief for a while - but I doubt it.”

ITV.COM The Stokes – Is This It?

Thursday | 07.08.03

Emmerdale schemer Steph Stokes is playing the dutiful daughter tonight.

The cocky Cockney has realised that her own hope of financial stability is if father Alan Turner makes her his main benefactor.

In the light of this revelation, Steph decides she has to put on a charm offensive to convince her fed-up father that she deserves his cash.

However, despite having suffered a health scare, Alan is not that naive and when Steph suggests he should put his will in order just in case the worst happens, he reacts pragmatically.

The ailing B&B owner knows that his relationship with Steph has been patchy at best and is smart enough to realise giving her his life savings will only lead to more trouble.

So, although he heeds her advice, Alan's new will names Steph's daughter Tricia and her husband Marlon Dingle as his beneficiaries.

When Steph discovers this she flies into a rage, but can she persuade her doubting dad that she deserves the loot?


Steph's Evolution

Thursday | 11.09.03

Emmerdale troublemaker Steph Stokes has undergone a radical personality overhaul.

Ever since the revelation that dad Alan Turner left her out of his will, Steph has been trying to reform her image.

The prime motivation of her plan is to convince her ailing dad that she is responsible adult that he wants her to be and not an overgrown kid who thinks the world owes her favours.

And by taking a job at Alan Turner's factory, Steph hoped to prove that her attitude had improved and that she could hold down a job.

But the one time bad girl is having trouble retraining her wayward tenancies. After using her feminine wiles to charm the socks off boss Eric Pollard, Steph decides to treat her fellow workers to a cruel but hilarious impression of their unsuspecting employer.

But will her satire come back to haunt her as she struggles to make her new persona believable?

ITV.COM The Stokes - Is This It?

Thursday | 15.01.04

Emmerdale's Steph Stokes is going through hell after losing Tricia.

The bereaved mother is struggling to get on with life as she faces the prospect of never seeing her beautiful daughter again.

Thanks to her own selfishness, Steph and Tricia never had the strong mother and daughter bond shared by many other families. But after Steph decided to follow her offspring to the Dales, they formed a good friendship.

But Tricia's horrific death after suffering the full force of the New Year's Eve storm, has robbed poor Steph of the one person she really loved and she is finding the loss hard to bear.

However, everyone is far more focused on the anguish of Tricia's heartbroken husband Marlon, who has fallen to pieces in the wake of the tragedy. And since funeral arrangements are being taken care of by him, Steph feels she has no say in her daughter's farewell.

This week she is horrified when Marlon invites Tricia's boss Diane Blackstock to talk at her funeral and wonders if anyone has given her a second thought.

Will Tricia's nearest and dearest realise the suffering poor Steph is going through?

The Sun 1st February 2004

Emmer so naughty

Kissed off ... shocked Steph walks in and catches her best pal Shelly snogging her dad Alan in Emmerdale

EMMERDALE is set to sizzle when Steph comes home to find her dad in a steamy clinch with her BEST FRIEND.

Shocked Steph is left fuming when dad Alan Turner admits his feelings for her pal Shelly.

The pair became good friends since the tragic death of Steph’s daughter Tricia in the great New Year storm.

But fans will be stunned when they watch that friendship turn to LUST.

It all sparks off when Alan (Richard Thorp) admits that if he was a few years younger he would take out Shelly (Carolyn Pickles).

But she stuns him when she takes his hand and starts kissing him.

Bad girl Steph (Lorraine Chase) is furious and lays into her friend, accusing her of being a “gold-digger”.

Yesterday an Emmerdale insider revealed: “Shelly has become a rock for Alan since Tricia’s death.

“They are friends — but very soon it becomes more than that.

“Steph is horrified when she sees what is going on. She shows her true colours.”

The explosive episode will be on ITV1 on Tuesday February 10 at 7pm.

30 December 2002 Rodney and Steph

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