Richard Thorp - Emmerdale Actor Aug 1, 2013 7:52:52 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on Aug 1, 2013 7:52:52 GMT 1
Richard Stanley Thorp (2 January 1932 – 22 May 2013) was best known for playing the part of Alan Turner in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 1982–2013. He also appeared in several films such as The Dam Busters (1955) and The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957).
Previous leading TV roles included Dr. John Rennie in Emergency – Ward 10 (1957–67), Doug Randall in Crossroads (1975). He appeared in an episode of Strangers (1982). He was the longest-serving member of Emmerdale since the death of Clive Hornby in 2008. Thorp was one of Emmerdale's most private actors, even though he gave an interview in 1995 with The People telling that he was separated from his wife but still lives in the same house together. Thorp was very good friends with his former co-stars: Lorraine Chase who played his on-screen daughter Steph and Sheree Murphy who played his granddaughter Tricia. Thorp took a break from Emmerdale in July 2009 to have his right knee replaced. He returned in April 2010. While he was happy to stay in the role of Alan Turner for so long, he complained that his character was not used as much anymore.
Apart from one-off roles in drama series such as Danger Man (1961) and The Avengers (1963) and the sitcoms And Mother Makes Three (1973) and To the Manor Born (1981), he acted the market inspector, Martin Pruner, in the ITV serial Market on Honey Lane (1967), with the title shortened to Honey Lane for the second series (1969).
Thorp died on 22 May 2013 in Shropshire. Emmerdale series producer, Kate Oates, stated "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."