By ROBERT DEX
RICHARD Thorp, the veteran actor who played Alan Turner in soap opera Emmerdale for more than 30 years, has died aged 81.
Thorp, who first appeared on the show in 1982, was filming until recently and fans will see him in tonight''s episode.
Series producer Kate Oates said: "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 team whose lives he touched."
His career, which included roles in film and TV, saw him star as squadron leader Henry Maudslay in 1955 film The Dam Busters. Before joining Emmerdale, Mr Thorp appeared in a number of TV shows including crossroads.
Originally published by BY ROBERT DEX.
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