Created 30th January 2004
Updated 14th February 2005

Alan Jonathan Turner

Caroline Bates was the major influence in tempering Alan Turner's abrasive personality.

Profile from former Official Site :-

Played by Richard Thorp
First Appearance on 18 March 1982
Marital Status; Jill (Divorced in 1985), Shirley Foster (dead)
Children; Terence and Mary. Grandaughter Tricia Stokes.

Alan moved to Beckindale in 1982. He became Estate Manager for NY Estates beating Joe Sugden. Jack Sugden accused him of mismanagement. The NY Estates crop spraying caused Emmerdale Farm cattle to stampede. Alan blamed someone else - Joe Sugden.

Alan was caught drink driving after a night out with Denise, a secretary from the Lincoln office. This prompted Joe to tell Alan “this is a working farm, not a holiday camp”.

Alan was in more trouble when he allowed stubble burning to take place on a weekend and Jock and Bill let the fire get out of control, they did not notice that Alan’s range rover was parked close by - it blew up!

Another crop spraying disaster. The damage cost £950. Alan was driving his landrover along a narrow country lane when he knocked Jackie Merrick off his bike, he was on a life support machine and in hospital for many weeks.

Alan found out that Joe Sugden was applying for NY Estates Regional Manager so he decided that he better apply as well. He thought that there would be no contest and was shocked when Joe got the job and became his boss.

A rather humiliating experience for Alan happened on his 56th birthday. Eric Pollard and others ordered him a strippergram who removed Alan’s clothes, and thoroughly embarrassed him in front of the whole pub. All the women felt sorry for him.

Alan’s next business venture was when he decided to buy the Woolpack. He took over as landlord from Amos Brearly in January.

A plane crash devastated much of the Woolpack pub. The wine bar was totally destroyed, but worse still, there was no news of Nick, Archie, Seth and Alice for a while. Alan married Shirley, but four months later she became caught up in the post office armed robbery and was shot dead. He found solace in drink seriously affected by the funeral, the scattering of Shirley’s ashes and her photos. He is then found drunk by Seth.

Alan’s heavy drinking got him into financial difficulties. He had to seek help from the brewery and they appointed managers to help him run the pub. Britt and Terry Woods reopened the Woolpack (featuring Ian Botham).

Alan invested his life savings in Steve Marchant’s phony business ventures, and was devastated when Steve lost it all. Tricia Stokes, his long-lost granddaughter returned. Alan left Terry and Tricia in charge of the Woolpack, fireworks left underneath the bar set alight, the pub was severely damaged as was Turner and Terry’s friendship.

Alan went into partnership with Mrs Bates when they rented the fish and game farm from Rigg’s company. He hired Seth as gamekeeper, Seth demanded director’s perks. The new Woolpack reopened in December. The success was marked by the tragic death of Vic Windsor in a foiled robbery. He suffered a mild heart attack and then resolved to take life a little easier.

Alan finds some bridal magazines and assumes that Tricia is planning on marrying Marlon. He is shocked when she tells him its Joe. Tricia later leaves the village without warning, Alan and Diane go to London to try and find her unsuccessfully. Alan and Diane have become close after she broke up with Jack and he wants to make a commitment to Diane. But she leaves him for Jack again. Alan moves out of the Woolpack and into the B&B. Carol leaves unexpectedly leaving him in charge of running it.

The Sun 2nd August 2003


Weekdays ITV

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 New Romance Tuesday | 10.02.04


Emmerdale's Alan Turner finds himself drawn to a close pal.

The lonely B&B owner has endured a horrendous few months after losing granddaughter Tricia in an accident during the Christmas holidays.

Although the tragedy has bought him much closer to wayward daughter Steph, he would not have coped with the tragedy without the support of his daughter's pal Shelley.

Shelley - who has always played second fiddle to extrovert Steph - has always remained in the background during dramas in the Dales. But her kindly nature and strong support have been a source of comfort to devastated Alan.

So when he thanks her for all she's done for his grieving family and says he would love to go out with her, if he was younger, Shelley is delighted.

She has been harbouring romantic feelings for him for some time and the pair soon find themselves in a passionate embrace.

But as they are smooching, Steph bursts in and witnesses their new found relationship.

How will she react to the burgeoning love affair?

ITV.COM Steph Stages A Lock-in

Wednesday | 30.06.04

Emmerdale's Steph Stokes takes a drastic revenge on pal Shelly.

Scheming Steph is horrified to hear Shelly is planning to immigrate to Spain with her father Alan - and resolves to stop them.

Since Steph has always been fiercely opposed to Shelly's relationship with her father, her reaction isn't entirely unexpected. However, the lengths she will go to in order to wreck Shelly's dreams become more frightening as the saga draws on.

After screaming blue murder, Steph decides to change tack and is soon giving Shelly the impression she has come round to the idea.

But when the two women are alone again, Shelly discovers her optimism is premature - as Steph locks her in a cupboard!

Although the pair have always had a strange friendship, with Shelly allowing Steph to have all the power, Shelly never expected such an extreme reaction.

But Steph is adamant she will not allow the emigration to go ahead – and Shelly is forced to concede defeat to secure her release.

Has Steph succeeded in splitting the happy couple up?

Extract from Daily Mirror: STEPH'S SHELL-SHOCKED! Jul 9 2004

This soap is so sharp that they'll soon need to pass out plasters to stop the cast from bleeding.

And as Fat Shell and her so-called best friend Steph clash, the St John's Ambulance Brigade should be on red alert. For the cockney sparrow is far from chirpy when she discovers that her pal is having the B&B valued so that she and Steph's dear old dad Tubby Turner can sell up and start a new life in Spain - without her.

Having turned into such a fruit and nutcase that Cadbury's chocolate probably have grounds for legal action under the Trades Description Act, bully girl Steph is in for a shock. With Fat Shell so terrified she'll be locked in a cupboard again, she lets fly with such a cracking right hander that the sound of the old bat's dentures rattling can be heard in Leeds.

Extract from Daily Mirror's Weekly Guide to Soaps: TUBBY TAKES A TUMBLE Sep 4 2004

By Tony Stewart

Who needs enemies when you’ve got a cruel daughter like Psycho Steph determined to make your life a living hell?

She has driven away the love of Tubby Turner’s life, Shelly. Weasled as much cash out of the old codger as possible. And failed to offer him any comfort at all following her daughter Trish’s death at the New Year. But even this is extreme behaviour for the old cockney bunny boiler.

With a depressed Tubby wallowing in a vat of alcohol over his losses, she can’t resist confronting him – ominously enough, at the top of the stairs in the B&B.

‘My only regret,’ he scowls, ‘is that when I eventually sober up, you’ll still be a nagging disappointment of a daughter… Yes, I miss Shelly and Tricia… I wish you’d died instead of her.’

In the time-honoured tradition of this soap – remember the downfalls of Len and Ray? – that remark earns Tubby a slap and a tumble down the stairs. And it’s a story that will take on a macabre and sinister twist as Steph takes flight, leaving him for dead.

ITV.COM Families At War

Tuesday | 07.09.04

Emmerdale's Alan Turner gets on the wrong side of Steph.

The heartbroken B&B boss is trying to forget about lost love Shelley by drowning his sorrows with the Dingle family.

Alan has been a lost soul ever since he returned from a fruitless search for his beloved belle. And he puts the blame for her disappearance at the door of manipulative daughter Steph, who drove her away. So now Steph is desperate to build bridges, her furious father doesn't want to know.

However, Steph thinks she's making progress when she gets Alan to agree to join her for dinner this week.

But her illusions are soon shattered when she waits for hours in the Woolpack, dressed up to the nines, only to discover Alan is far too busy on a boozy fishing trip to give her a thought.

Humiliated and embarrassed, Steph returns home to wait for Alan to return.

How will Alan explain why he stood his unhinged offspring up?

ITV.COM The Fall Guy

Wednesday | 08.09.04

Emmerdale's Alan Turner clashes with dangerous daughter Steph Stokes.
The heartbroken B&B owner stood Steph up while he partied with the Dingles, and now she wants some answers.

Ever since his girlfriend Shelly fled the village, Steph has tried to get closer to her father. But Alan isn't interested in mending bridges with his meddling offspring and continues to push her away.

Having already endured the humiliation of being stood up by her own dad, Steph is absolutely livid and heads to the B&B to have it out with Alan.

But he's off enjoying the Dingle hospitality once again - exasperating Steph even further.

So when he returns home drunk from the drinking session to find Steph waiting for him, Alan is drawn into a furious argument - which quickly escalates into a shocking showdown.

During the row, Alan tells devastated Steph he wishes she had died instead of her bubbly daughter Tricia - provoking a furious reaction.

But as Steph hits him, Alan stumbles and falls down the stairs. Has scheming Steph finally pushed her papa too far?

ITV.COM The Great Escape

Wednesday | 29th Sept

Emmerdale's Shelly Williams tries to escape psycho Steph's clutches.
The terrified woman is languishing in the cellar below ex-lover Alan Turner's B&B, after Steph pushed her down the stairs.

Although Shelly knew Steph would do everything in her power to prevent her speaking with ailing Alan, she is horrified by her former friend's dangerous behaviour.

So when Steph comes down to talk to her, scared Shelly tries to reason with her - promising never to return to the village again.

But Steph knows she's gone too far and that Shelly will report her to the police. And Shelly's future looks grim.

However, while Steph is upstairs tending to her clueless father, Shelly manages to break free of her shackles and hides in the darkness, hoping to escape.

While she hides in the gloom, a very-confused Turner tells Steph he's sure he heard Shelly's voice downstairs.

But as Steph laughs off his suspicions as nightmares, Shelly is poised to flee the house of horror.

Will she be able to get help before Steph becomes even more unhinged?

ITV.COM Tues, 7pm | Nov 9th 204

Daz unwittingly breaks in upon a disturbing secret.

The tearaway teen has been bunking-off school to break into houses in the village while their occupants are out.

However, Daz realised his little game was getting very serious when he broke into the B&B to discover something very amiss.

Alan has been locked in his room by dangerous daughter Steph, and no one believes she's plotting to slowly poison him and take his money.

But all that is about to change after Daz returns to the B&B to try and discover what is behind the strange noises he heard.

When Daz catches sight of ailing Alan he is totally shocked by how ill the vulnerable veteran is.

And when Alan starts to ramble on about what's happening to him, Daz realises Steph is not all that she seems.

But before he can do anything, Daz spots Steph making her way home and has to make a run for it, leaving Alan alone again.

However, now Daz knows something is up at the B&B how long will it be before Steph's secret is out?

Staring into the abyss

Fri, 7.00pm | Nov 11th 2004

Steph loses control on her desperate situation.

For the past few months she’s kept her father Alan doped up on tranquillizers, allowing her to drain his bank account and sell off his property.

However, now young Daz knows the truth behind her evil schemes, Steph realises time has run out for her and flees in her car - taking ailing Alan with her.

Realising the gravity of the situation, Paddy and Emily give chase, following the marauding Steph along narrow country lanes.

When she finally shakes them off, Steph begins to explain her actions to Alan in an emotional showdown. Revealing how much she resents him for making her childhood a misery, Steph lays into Alan and makes a terrible decision.

Driving to a nearby quarry, Steph contemplates her options and decides there is only one way to put an end to her miserable situation.

But as her and Alan teeter on the edge of the vast quarry, Paddy and Emily spot them.

Can they get to the deranged daughter before she finishes both herself and her father off?

ITV.COM Shell Shocked

Tues, 7.00pm | Nov 16th 2004

Emmerdale's Alan Turner fears daughter Steph has committed murder already!
The vulnerable veteran is now recovering in hospital after Steph nearly ended both their lives by driving off a quarry edge.

While Alan is relieved he didn't become a victim of Steph's psychosis, he is worried that she may have harmed his missing girlfriend Shelly Williams.

When Shelly first left him it was because Steph had accused her of being a golddigger. But she did return to the village after hearing Alan was ill.

As viewers know, Steph greeted Shelly's return coldly and was determined to ensure the worried woman never bothered them again.

Although Alan heard the altercation between the two women at the time, Steph dismissed his worries as a hallucination.

Desperate to get to the bottom of what's happened, Alan begs Emily to report their worries to the police. But when the detective arrives to see them, he's forced to admit Steph has been released without charge! Is there any evidence proving Steph did away with Shelly?

ITV.COM Spotlight on Steph

Wed, 7.00pm | Nov 17th 2004

Emmerdale's police force conduct a thorough search of the B&B.

The detectives have been alerted to a possible murder by ailing Alan Turner, who's terrified over the fate of Shelly Williams - his missing girlfriend.

After being forced to release Steph Stokes without charge, the officers are determined to find evidence that links her to Shelly's disappearance.

And with Alan's permission to search the premises from top to bottom, the forensic teams start trying to uncover the truth.

While they get to work, Steph is outside bewildered by what's happening. The police haven't told her they suspect her to have harmed Shelly, so she remains blissfully ignorant of the accusations against her.

But her peace may be fairly short-lived as the officers discover blood on the handrail of the stairs in the cellar, and evidence of a scuffle below.

However, in order to arrest Steph for murder the team know they must find one vital piece of evidence - Shelly's body.

Can Steph really be capable of murder?

Steph's Sent Down!

Mon, 22nd | Nov 22nd 2005

Emmerdale's Steph Stokes is charged with the murder of Shelly Williams.

The conniving Cockney was the last person to see Shelly alive after she returned to Emmerdale to visit ailing Alan Turner.

As viewers know, Steph and Shelly had a violent showdown in the B&B cellar, which ended in misery for Alan's longsuffering love.

Despite a mountain of evidence against her, Steph is mystified when the police arrest her on suspicion of Shelly's murder and insists she's innocent.

But while Steph frantically tries to clear her name, even those close to her doubt she's innocent. In fact, her own solicitor is so troubled by what the police have against her that he withdraws from the case.

With no friends, family or lawyers willing to stand up for her, Steph is completely isolated. And when the police realise even her own legal team think she's guilty they decide to charge her then and there.

However, with no body found, have the police jumped to the wrong conclusion about Steph?

ITV.COM Alan's Appeal

Fri, 7.00pm | Jan 14th 2005

Emmerdale's Alan Turner makes a desperate plea to lost love Shelly Williams.

The heartbroken local goes on This Morning to discuss Shelly's disappearance with presenters Philip Scofield and Fern Britton, hoping against hope that she may still be alive.

Although Alan is 90 per cent sure his belle has died in horrific circumstances, he's unable to give up all hope until a body is found. And, after visiting daughter Steph in jail, he's not so sure that she is responsible for the suspected murder.

So, after initially turning down the chance to go on the show, Alan begins to think it could be his best chance at solving the mystery of Shelly's whereabouts.

Kindly Fern and Phil gently question their guest on what its like to lose somebody in such tragic circumstances, and Alan conveys his feelings of grief, despair and anger.

After the show, Alan is inundated with phone calls from people wanting the inside scoop on the story.

But what he really wants is to hear Shelly's voice on the end of the line.

Will Alan's prayers be answered?

ITV.COM Shelly’s return

Thursday | Jan 27th 2005 (the events described below took place 1st Febraury 2005)

No, it’s not one of those returned from the graves storylines.

Instead it’s the return of Shelly Williams to Turner’s arms after running away from evil Steph Stokes.

After being tortured and threatened, bound and gagged by Steph in the cellar, the crazed woman takes Shelly to the moors to dump her.

At first we are led to believe that Steph has killed her father’s love, especially as she admits as such to Ethan.

But after a series of anonymous phone calls Turner receives at Betty’s we start to wonder whether Ethan’s suggestion that Shelly is at the other end of the phone could be true.

Turner initially believes him, but as time goes by and there’s still no news of Shelly, he decides to hold a memorial service for her to pay his respects.

But it’s while he’s sitting after the ceremony talking to himself that the lady in question makes an appearance!

“She sees Alan being interviewed on ‘This Morning’ declaring his belief that Shelly might be out there," says Carolyn Pickles, who plays Shelly. "She’s overwhelmed by how unhappy Alan is.

“She feels ashamed and terribly guilty about not declaring herself alive, but too frightened to come forward.”

Now that she is alive, Turner convinces her to go to the police, but Shelly would rather Steph lay locked up in prison for the rest of her life.

It’s only a matter of time that the two former best friends meet again… will there be forgiveness?

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