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
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.
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
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
“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.”