Emmerdale’s Richard Thorp (Alan Turner) has sadly died aged 81!

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It is with great sadness that we report to you that it has just been announced that Emmerdale actor, Richard Thorp, has sadly passed away at the age of 81.

Thorp, who played Alan Turner for over 30 years in the hit ITV soap, was well established in the film world, as well as being a highly respected TV actor, having appeared as Squadron Leader Henry Maudslay in the iconic 1955 feature film “The Dam Busters”.

Thorp was the longest-serving cast member on Emmerdale, having made his first appearance as the now iconic Alan Turner on 23 March 1982.

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Since then he has remained in the heart of the Emmerdale community, and was even credited with an award at last weekend’s British Soap Awards with the rest of the cast when their 40th anniversary live episode won them Best Single Episode at the highly acclaimed award ceremony.

Series Producer Kate Oates said of Thorps passing on the official ITV website: “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.”

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Whilst an official statement released by ITV said: “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.”

Our thoughts and sympathy are with Richard’s family, friends and cast mates at this very, very sad time.

Watch a clip of Richard in action below: