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Inside Lacey Turner’s life outside of EastEnders from tragic loss to soap star sisters | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV


Lacey Turner made her EastEnders debut almost 20 years ago when the actress played sassy but troubled teenager Stacey Slater.

Making her way to Walford at the beginning of November 2004, fans of the BBC soap have seen the character involved in some of the most dramatic stories.

They include being diagnosed with bipolar, having an affair with her partner’s father, and even killing Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb).

However, it seems the soap star’s life away from Albert Square is different from her on-screen role. has decided to look into Lacey’s life when the cameras stop rolling.

Famous brothers

Acting seems to run in the Turner family as two of Lacey’s sisters have also starred in soaps.

Her younger sister Daisy played the role of Rebecca Massey in Hollyoaks at the start of 2011, but sadly her character was killed off at the end of the year.

The youngest of the siblings, Lily appeared alongside Lacey in EastEnders and stayed in the soap for a year.

She took the part of Shenice Quinn back in 2011 as the daughter of Martina Quinn, (played by Tamara Wall) who was a friend of Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) whom she met in Spain.

At the time, Lily was nine years old and auditioned for the surname Harvey, without pretending to be Lacey’s sister.

When she got the role, former soap boss Bryan Kirkwood had no idea the couple was related until she was cast.

Lacey told New! Magazine two years ago she and her sisters are really close and talk every day.

She said: “My middle sister lives in Singapore and we haven’t seen her for a long time, which is really sad.

“She was supposed to be in Ibiza with us, but due to the pandemic, this didn’t happen because Singapore has restrictions in place. I don’t know what we would do without FaceTime!”

Family life

Lacey met her husband Matt when she was just 15 at a party before they started dating.

They decided to tie the knot in 2017 in a sunny Ibiza ceremony with many of Lacey’s EastEnders co-stars in attendance.

However, the pair appeared to break a few traditions on the big day as both of Lacey’s parents walked her down the aisle.

Lacey and Matt also decided to spend the night before the wedding together as she said OK! at the time it felt special to them.

She said: “I probably wouldn’t have slept as well if Matt hadn’t been there anyway.”

The couple welcomed their eldest child, Dusty, into the world two years after their marriage before their son Trilby was added in 2021.

A tragic loss

Sadly, before they became a family of four, the soap stars suffered two miscarriages.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast about her heartbreak two years ago, she said: “For me, I think the minute you’re pregnant you become a mother. To take that away, that’s another loss.

“You are sorry that you will not be a mother, but that you will lose a child. It was a loss for seven weeks.”

The soap star was 29 when she suffered a miscarriage while expressing her hopes of becoming a parent.

She continued: “I was so excited thinking about names and things like that.

“I remember sitting on my bed in a ball, crying. At the time, I remember thinking, ‘Why me? Why is this only happening to me?’ I felt so alone because no one knew.”

EastEnders continues from Monday to Thursday on BBC One from 7.30pm.

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