Richard Thorp, pictured, the actor who played Alan Turner on soap opera 'Emmerdale' for more than 30 years and was the soap's longest-serving cast member, has died at the age of 81.
Thorp made his first appearance on the ITV soap on March 23, 1982. He also starred as squadron leader Henry Maudslay in iconic 1955 film 'The Dam Busters'.
In a statement, the show remembered him as a "true professional and a complete gentleman" who would be "greatly missed". "Richard's death is a sad loss to 'Emmerdale', of which he was at the heart for so many wonderful years," said producer Kate Oates. "He will be missed by every single member of our production whose lives he touched."
Before joining 'Emmerdale', Mr Thorp appeared in a number of TV shows including 'Crossroads' and 'To the Manor Born'.