Updated 1st February 2004
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
However Steph's daughter Tricia would have already been born.
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
TRICIA'S mother Steph makes a shock entrance in The Woolpack
- and lays out Tricia’s fiancé Marlon with a
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
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."
Steph's wealth woe
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.”
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?
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