Tonicha Lawrence (née Jeronimo; born 4 November 1977) is a British actress, born in Jersey, of partial Portuguese extraction. She starred on the show Emmerdale from 1994–97 until her character, Linda Fowler, was killed off. In 2000, she married her Emmerdale co-star, Stuart Wade (born 1 August 1969, Halifax, West Yorkshire), best known for playing "Biff Fowler", with whom she has two children. In May 2016, she joined the cast of BBC medical drama Casualty, playing the role of Steph Sims the mother of Carmel Sims played by Lawrence's daughter Sydney Wade . She has two daughters and on son.