Lacey Turner

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Lacey Turner
Lacey Turner 2016.jpg
Turner in 2016
Born Lacey Amelia Turner
(1988-03-28) 28 March 1988 (age 28)
Barnet, Greater London, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Relatives Daisy Turner (sister)
Lily Harvey (sister)

Lacey Amelia Turner (born 28 March 1988) is a British actress. She is best known for her work on Bedlam, Switch, and portraying the role of Stacey Slater on the BBC soap opera EastEnders, a role for which she has won 33 awards.[citation needed] She has won more British Soap Awards than any other actor in any soap,[citation needed] and, at the age of 17, she was the youngest person to ever win 'Best Actress' ,[citation needed] an award she went on to win four times.[citation needed] In 2013, she also starred in the television movie "Our Girl", which became a full series in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Turner was born in Edgware, Barnet, Greater London to parents Bev and Les.[1] She was raised as a Catholic with her two younger sisters, Daisy Turner (born 1990) and Lily Harvey (born 2001, known for playing Shenice Quinn in EastEnders), in Hertfordshire, near to the BBC television studios in Elstree.[1] She has commented, "From my bedroom window you could see part of the square [the external filming lot for EastEnders], and you could hear them all filming at night. I used to say to my mum: "I wanna be on that!"[1] It was whilst living there that Turner decided to become an actress. At the age of 10, she schooled at the Sylvia Young Theatre School to achieve her ambition, but left after a year stating that it "wasn't my cup of tea".[1] She has since revealed that she was bullied while at stage school, by children who teased her for being "geeky".[2] Instead, she attended a local girls private school (Peterborough And Saint Margarets School) in Stanmore NW London and went to dance, singing and acting classes outside school.[1]


EastEnders (2004–10)[edit]

Turner's earliest work included appearances on stage and in advertisements (notably a Haribo advert).[3] In 2004 Turner went on to audition for the role of Demi Miller in BBC's EastEnders. Though she failed to get that part, she was instead given the role of Stacey, a new addition to the popular Slater family. She started in the soap the day after leaving school,[1] and made her first appearance on-screen in November 2004.[3] Commenting on the role, Turner said, "I always dreamt of being on the show and so I can't believe that I've fulfilled my greatest ambition!"[4]

In 2005, Turner appeared alongside Catherine Tate's character Lauren in a special sketch for the BBC's annual Children in Need telethon.[5] In March 2007, Turner had a breast enlargement, taking her from a 32B to a 32D.[6][7][8]

In January 2009, Turner appeared as a guest on The Sunday Night Project. Turner also starred in a live episode of EastEnders on 19 February 2010 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the soap opera. The live episode gained over 16.6 million viewers which saw Stacey's husband Bradley Branning die after falling from a rooftop during a police chase before Stacey's confession that she murdered Archie Mitchell.[9] After her co-star Charlie Clements who played Bradley Branning left in February 2010, EastEnders bosses declared that they are keen to retain Turner after proving her popularity with viewers,[9] however, she announced her decision to leave the show in April 2010.[10] She stated, "I'll miss Stacey and everyone in Albert Square very much but the time has come to try something different."[11] Turner later revealed that she had agreed with Charlie Clements to leave EastEnders at the same time as him. Of the decision, Turner said "Charlie and I always said we'd go at the same time. For quite a while I'd been saying I was going to go and kept realising I wasn't ready. But when Charlie said he was going last year I was like, 'Right, OK, I'm going too'."[12] The Daily Mail reported that after leaving EastEnders Turner hopes to become a film star, but hasn't ruled out a return in the future. Bosses at the BBC left her the option to return to EastEnders.[13]

Work after EastEnders (2010–14)[edit]

Turner at the 2011 National Television Awards.

In December 2010 she did some advertising for Royal Mail to remind people of Christmas postal deadlines.[14] Turner was cast as Lia Shaman in the third series of Being Human.[15] Turner starred in series 3 opener which broadcast on 23 January 2011. It was watched by 1.37 million (5%). She reprised her role for the series three finalé. In March 2011 she played Elizabeth Lavenza, the bride of Victor Frankenstein, played by Andrew Gower, in an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein which aired on BBC 3, live from the derelict Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds, in front of an audience of 12,000. The show was titled Frankenstein's Wedding [16]

Turner appeared alongside David Tennant, Billie Piper, David Morrissey, Jane Horrocks, Ashley Walters and Vicky McClure in the BBC One improvisational programme True Love, which aired in June 2012. She played the leading role of Ellie, a character who claims to see ghosts and spirits, in the second series of Bedlam. Turner starred in ITV2 supernatural drama Switch, which centres on the story of four young witches living in contemporary London. Turner's character is referred to as the "immaculately dressed" careerist Stella.[17] Turner played a young army recruit called Molly in a one-off 90-minute drama titled Our Girl.[18] She began filming in BBC Elstree Studios in October 2012 and the film aired on BBC One on 24 March 2013. This was then followed by a five part series which began airing on BBC One on 21 September 2014.[19]

In October 2012, Turner joined ASDA's Tickled Pink campaign.[20] Turner has also done voice over work in the CITV programme Goodbye Year Six and narrated BBC3's Don't Just Stand There, I'm Having Your Baby. Turner starred in radio dramas The One about the Social Worker and Up the Junction, which aired on BBC Radio 4 in September 2013.[21]

Return to EastEnders (2014)[edit]

On 6 December 2013 it was announced that Turner would be returning to EastEnders, to reprise her role as Stacey. Turner began filming in January 2014.[22][23] She made her on-screen return on 7 February 2014 and departed on 25 March 2014. She returned full-time in August 2014.


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2004–2010, 2014– EastEnders Stacey Slater Series Regular (808 Episodes)
2011 Being Human Lia Shaman Supporting Role (2 Episodes)
Frankenstein's Wedding... Live in Leeds Elizabeth Lavenza TV Film
2012 True Love Michelle Booth Supporting Role (1 Episode)
Bedlam Ellie Flint Lead Role (6 Episodes)
Switch Stella Munroe Lead Role (6 Episodes)
2013–2014 Our Girl Molly Dawes Lead Role (6 Episodes)
2014 Call the Midwife Stella Crangle Supporting Role (1 Episode)


Year Award Category Production Result
2005 TV Quick Award Best Soap Newcomer EastEnders Won
National Television Award Most Popular Newcomer Nominated
British Soap Award Soap Bitch of the Year Nominated
British Soap Award Best Dramatic Performance by a Young Actor or Actress Nominated
2006 British Soap Award Sexiest Female Nominated
British Soap Award Best Dramatic Performance Nominated
British Soap Award Best Actress Won
National Television Award Most Popular Actress Nominated
2007 TRIC Award TV Soap Personality Won
National Television Award Most Popular Actress Won
British Soap Award Sexiest Female Nominated
British Soap Award Best Actress Nominated
British Soap Award Best Dramatic Performance Won
TV Quick Award Best Soap Actress Nominated
2008 TV Quick Award Best Soap Actress Nominated
British Soap Award Best Actress Nominated
National Television Award Outstanding Serial Drama Performance Nominated
British Soap Award Best Storyline Won (shared)
2009 British Soap Award Sexiest Female Nominated
2010 TV Quick Award Best Soap Actress Won
British Soap Award Best Actress Won
British Soap Award Best Dramatic Performance Won
National Television Award Most Popular Serial Drama Performance Won
TRIC Award TV Soap Personality Nominated
2011 British Soap Award Best Exit Nominated
National Television Award Outstanding Serial Drama Performance Won
2014 British Soap Award Best Actress Nominated
British Soap Award Best Storyline – Hello Stacey, Goodbye Janine Nominated
2016 British Soap Award Best Actress Won
British Soap Award Best Female Dramatic Performance Won
2016 TV Choice Awards Best Soap Actress Pending
2016 Inside Soap Awards Best Soap Actress EastEnders Pending


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Square's Lacey On Life After Those Saucy CCCTV Snaps". Daily Mirror. 17 June 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Lawler, Danielle. "I'm TV's biggest bitch .. thanks to the bullies at my school". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Archived BBC interview with Lacey Turner 8 March 2007". 8 March 2007. Archived from the original on 8 March 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "New Slater to join EastEnders" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 26 September 2004. Retrieved 11 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "SPECTACULAR EXIT FOR TATE'S TV TEEN". Daily Mirror. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Lacey has a breast enlargement for her 19th Birthday[dead link] The Sun
  8. ^ Breast enlargement gave EastEnders star confidence boost Harley Medical
  9. ^ a b Simpson, Oli (21 February 2010). "'Enders bosses: 'Stacey will be staying'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Green, Kris (29 April 2010). "Stacey and Jean to leave 'EastEnders'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Robertson, Helen (30 April 2010). "Soap Star Lacey Leaves Albert Square Behind". Sky News. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Daniels, Colin (18 December 2010). "Soaps — News — Turner 'made deal with Clements to leave' – Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  13. ^ Smith, Lizzie (29 April 2010). "Lacey Turner quits as EastEnders' Stacey Slater to try to make it on the big screen". Daily Mail. London. 
  14. ^ "Lacey Turner has Christmas licked as she balances a festive stamp on her nose —". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  15. ^ Keogh, Garret (20 June 2010). "Being Human Blog: LACEY TURNER TO STAR IN BEING HUMAN 3". BBC. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  16. ^ Laws, Roz (14 March 2011). "Lacey Turner and David Harewood star in Frankenstein's Wedding". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  17. ^ Jeffrey, Morgan (29 March 2012). "Lacey Turner to star in ITV2 witch drama 'Switch'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  18. ^ Goodacre, Kate (18 October 2012). "'Switch's Lacey Turner to star in BBC army drama 'Our Girl' – TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "BBC Media centre". BBC. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  20. ^ [1] Archived 27 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ Ben Dowell. "Lacey Turner gets a taste for radio drama". Radio Times. 
  22. ^ Brown, David. "'EastEnders':Lacey Turner to return as Stacey Branning in the new year". Radio Times. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  23. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel. "'EastEnders':Lacey Turner returning as Stacey Branning". Digital Spy. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
Awards and achievements
Inside Soap Awards
Preceded by
Sally Lindsay
Best Actress
Succeeded by
Jessie Wallace
British Soap Awards
Preceded by
Suranne Jones
Best Actress
Succeeded by
Kate Ford
Preceded by
Katherine Kelly
Best Actress
Succeeded by
Jessie Wallace
National Television Awards
Preceded by
Billie Piper
Most Popular Actress
Succeeded by
no award
Preceded by
Matt Littler
Outstanding Serial Drama Performance
Succeeded by
Katherine Kelly

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