Emmerdale's Lorraine Chase suing for £100,000 over reality TV accident she claims ruined panto career

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07:  Lorraine Chase attends Breast Cancer Care's London fashion show at Grosvenor House Hotel to launch Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on October 7, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Care)
Lorraine Chase claims her panto career was destroyed by the abseiling injury. (Getty Images for Breast Cancer Care)

Emmerdale's Lorraine Chase is suing an abseiling company over an accident she suffered on reality TV show Carry On Barging.

The 69-year-old actress – who took part in I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2011 – is seeking £100,000 compensation for a back injury she incurred which she claims has destroyed her panto career.

Chase took part in Channel 5 reality show Carry On Barging in 2016, alongside Debbie McGee, Simon Callow and Nigel Havers.

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During the show she hurt her back abseiling in Wales, and blames her instructor from adventure company TNR Coaching Ltd for letting out too much rope and causing her to fall. Chase hit a rock ledge in the fall, causing injuries to her neck and back, and has since retired.

Lorraine Chase abseiling on 'Carry On Barging' in 2016 (Channel 5)
Lorraine Chase abseiling on Carry On Barging in 2016. (Channel 5)

Barrister David White told Central London County Court that the injuries had prevent Chase from continuing her career in pantomime, claiming her loss of earnings to be worth up to £100,000.

He said: “She continues to have symptoms which impact on her ability to perform and work.”

The company argues in its defence that Chase ignored instructions.

Chase is best known Steph Stokes, the mother of Sheree Murphy’s Tricia Dingle in ITV soap Emmerdale from 2002 and 2006, with a brief return in 2013.

Actress Lorraine Chase (left) appears in the new series of Worzel Gummidge. She plays the part of Dolly Clothespeg, opposite Jon Pertwee as Worzel Gummidge. Dolly Clothespeg is Worzel's latest girlfriend, who upsets regular girlfriend Aunt Sally, played by Una Stubbs (right). 1st August 1980. (Photo by Kent Gavin/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Lorraine Chase with Jon Pertwee and Una Stubbs in Worzel Gummidge in 1980. (Getty Images)

The former model rose to game in the 1970s in a much-remembered Campari TV advert. Asked if she been “wafted in from paradise,” Chase replied in her Cockney accent: “Nah, Luton Airport.”

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She appeared opposite Jon Pertwee as Dolly Clothes-Peg in the original TV version of Worzel Gummidge.

She has also taken part in Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Celebs On The Farm and in 2019 appeared as a patient in Holby City.

Watch: Lorraine Chase at a photocall for ‘Celebs On The Farm’ in 2018