|Portrayed by||Lacey Turner|
|Introduced by|| John Yorke (2004) |
Dominic Treadwell-Collins (2014)
|Spin-off Appearances||Last Tango in Walford (2010)|
|First Appearance||1st November 2004|
|Other names|| Stacey Slater|
|Address||31 Albert Square|
|Date of Birth||8th November 1988|
Stacey Slater is played by Lacey Turner, who has won multiple of awards.
Loud-mouthed, opinionated, difficult, and liable to give you a slap if you get on the wrong side of her. On paper, Stacey Slater is trouble with a capital T, but in reality she's a whole lot more than that.
Feisty Stacey attracts trouble wherever she goes (her older brother Sean is no better, although Sean knows how to handle Stacey's temper). You could feel sorry for her, or argue that she's to blame for the mayhem that surrounds her. Although she might seem to have a heart of stone, her tough exterior is a smokescreen for her vulnerability. With the tough family life she's had, it's no wonder that she's felt that life's odds were stacked against her.
So far she’s had to deal with abortion, drug abuse, mental illness, an affair with her father-in-law Max and even murdering her rapist, Archie Mitchell.
It was announced in March 2009 that Lacey Turner had decided to quit the role of Stacey Slater because she would like to try out new roles. She did not leave however, until 20 months later.
Born in November 1988 in Leytonstone, London, Stacey had a troubled childhood, due to her mother Jean suffering from bipolar disorder, and the death of her father, Brian, in 1999 when she was 11. Stacey struggled to cope with her mother's suicidal and erratic behaviour, resulting from her illness. For a long time, she was Jean's sole carer as her older brother, Sean, had disappeared, unable to cope with Jean's condition. Stacey had a former best friend called Abigail.
Archie Mitchell -December 2009: Shove's the Queen Vic statue onto him he later dies of a head injury
Stacey's daughter Lily is conceived in September 2009 when Stacey stops taking medication for her bipolar disorder, causing her to act irrationally and sleep with numerous men, including Ryan Malloy. Around the same time, she is raped by Archie Mitchell and after trying to tell ex-husband Bradley Branning, she was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Upon Stacey's return to Walford, she and Bradley reconcile and she tells him that she is pregnant. He is overjoyed, thinking the baby is his until she says that she is 3 months pregnant, and the baby cannot be Bradley's. After admitting Archie raped her, Bradley vows to raise the child as his own but after Bradley dies, Ronnie Mitchell tells Stacey that Archie was sterile due to cancer treatment, making Stacey realize that Ryan must be the father. However, Stacey doesn't tell him and goes into labour alone but Ryan finds her and takes her to hospital. During labour, the baby is starved of oxygen, but is born healthy and is named Lily. Everyone in the square thinks that Bradley is the baby's father but Stacey tells them that he isn't but would of made a great dad. After Stacey and Lily return home from the hospital, Stacey refuses to take Lily out of the house and panics when her mother Jean does so without her knowing. However, Max soon convinces Stacey to take Lily outside.
After Ryan kisses Stacey, his girlfriend Janine Butcher reveals it was for a bet, leaving Stacey upset. Disgusted by Janine's cruelty, Ryan splits with her. However, they reunite soon after and go on holiday together. When they return, the couple decide to get married. Janine's brother Ricky Butcher throws Ryan a stag party where they get drunk and bond. The next day, Ryan attends his wedding, but Janine stops the service, and admits to Ryan that she almost had an affair as she is scared of commitment. Ryan assures her that he is scared too, and the pair marry anyway. They then attend their reception at the Queen Victoria pub, where Stacey attempts to tell Ryan about his paternity to Lily. However, Janine's stepmother Pat Evans stops her from telling him, just minutes before a fire erupts in the pub. Everyone leaves safely, except for Stacey and Lily. Ryan rescues the baby and an unconscious Stacey before the pub explodes. Upon seeing her daughter unharmed, Stacey admits to Ryan he is Lily's father. Ryan goes to see Stacey in the hospital when she and Lily recover from the fire, and Stacey tells Ryan she isn't asking for anything and offers to let Ryan hold Lily, but Ryan declines and walks out and goes on honeymoon with Janine without telling her that he shares a daughter with her rival enemy.
When they return, Stacey tells Max that Ryan is Lily's father and has been acting like he does not care. Max confronts Ryan, revealing to Janine that Ryan is the father. He then confronts Stacey saying that he wants nothing to do with his daughter. Janine discovers that Lily is Ryan's daughter and is angry about it. She phones Social Services to report Stacey for neglecting Lily but the social worker, Maria de Costa, can see that Lily is fine and notes that the allegation was false. When Stacey finds out that it was Janine, she attacks her. Ryan discovers what happened and stops Janine going to the police, saying she would not get away with it and that he would never forgive her if she got the mother of his daughter locked up in prison. On Janine's birthday, Ryan tells her he is getting her a surprise gift but she finds out that he is with Stacey, having Lily's birth certificate changed to get Ryan's name added onto it and Ryan later lies to Janine about where he was and she doesn't tell him that she knows. They attend a party at the Slaters' house and Janine kidnaps Lily, packs her and Ryan's things and they make their way to France to get Stacey out of their lives as she knows that Ryan would not agree to move to another country and leave his daughter behind. However, when Ryan finds Lily in the car, he orders Janine to stop. She does stop—on a level crossing with a train approaching and unable to restart the car. Ryan gets Lily out but Janine cannot open her door. The barriers then lower and Janine is still unable to start the car until the last second just in time for the train to miss hitting her car. Ryan insists they return Lily to her mother in Walford. Stacey has called the police telling them that her daughter is missing. Ryan takes Lily and Janine home and explains to Stacey that Janine heard Lily crying so only took Lily to look after her but Ryan promises Stacey he did not know Janine took Lily. Janine is happy that Stacey isn't letting Ryan see Lily but Ryan is devastated and he begins to miss his daughter. The next day, Janine assumes Ryan has left her but they later reconcile and agree to forget about the recent events. While Stacey and Janine are in R&R nightclub and then arrested, Ryan is left to look after Lily for the first time. He struggles at first but realizes just how much he loves his daughter. The next morning, Ryan tells Janine and Stacey he wants to be a father to Lily. Stacey does not want to let him but Ryan later agrees to pay maintenance and gets a job stealing cars for Phil Mitchell, so Stacey lets him see Lily again.
Wanting to do whats best for Lily, Ryan gets a new job as a barman at the newly refurbished Queen Vic pub, and when alone with Stacey, they kiss. However, Stacey tells Ryan to forget it happened. Stacey goes missing and Janine stops him visiting her by locking him in The Queen Victoria's walk-in fridge. Although Ryan thinks it was accidental and Janine saved him, Pat reveals it was deliberate and Janine becomes jealous over Lily. After Stacey's cousin Kat Slater allows Ryan to visit Stacey, he realizes she is planning to leave and stops her. He reveals he wants to be with Stacey, not Janine and they start an affair. Pat discovers it and tells Janine, who starts to poison Ryan with pills. Eventually he escapes the flat and Stacey finds him as he collapses. Ryan is hospitalized and when he wakes up, Janine admits to overdosing him on sedatives and says she knows about his affair. Ryan tells Janine that he is till going to be a part of Lily's life. Janine says if he loves her, he will not let her go to prison for her actions. Ryan allows Janine to believe he still loves her but then publicly declares his love for Stacey in The Queen Victoria. Janine then walks in to see them kissing. She fears she has lost him until she discovers Stacey was Archie's real killer after receiving a taped confession from Lauren Branning. Although the recording is wiped, Janine reveals the truth. Ryan wants to be with Stacey regardless and they plan to flee. However, Stacey is unsure of her feelings for Ryan and takes Lily, leaving without him. Ryan visits Janine in hospital, because she stabbed herself in an attempt to frame Stacey. Janine forgives Ryan but he is unable to forgive her so he removes her oxygen tubes and walks out as she struggles to breathe. Pat discovers this and tells Ryan to end the feud. He then gives his wedding ring to Whitney and tells her that her, Stacey and Lily are his priority.
When Stacey returns to Walford, she confesses to killing Archie, which leads to her being imprisoned with a five-year sentence, and Lily is left in Jean and Ollie's care. A few months later, Jean arrives at Kat and Alfie's home with Lily. She visits Stacey in prison, urging her to appeal her sentence, but Stacey refuses. Jean struggles to cope with looking after Lily, and when she overhears Alfie and Kat talking about her, she attempts suicide. Stacey is allowed to visit Jean in hospital, where Stacey realises how much her family need her, especially as Jean wants to stay in a psychiatric hospital. Jean eventually convinces Stacey to appeal her sentence and then returns to a psychiatric hospital in Brighton. Stacey has been a magnet for trouble, especially where Max Branning is concerned. When Stacey's bipolar started to develop, she began having irrational behavior and went out clubbing. She got really drunk and Jack Branning told her to go home but she refused and got even more drunk. Stacey's older brother Sean Slater went to carry her home but she had a fit and was taken to hospital.
Kat sees Stacey walking into a salon, from the top deck of a bus. Kat finds out where she lives and visits, where she meets Lily and Stacey's boyfriend, Luke Riley. Luke believes that Stacey's name is "Jenny Smith" and is unaware of her criminal history. Stacey sees Kat leaving and confronts her in Albert Square. Kat later tells Luke "Jenny" is really Stacey Slater so he ends the relationship. Stacey and Lily spend the night at Kat and Alfie's house and the following day, Kat visits Janine in prison to ask her to withdraw the statement she made accusing Stacey of stabbing her. Janine agrees so Stacey returns to Albert Square. Luke visits Stacey, but leaves, after discovering that she killed Archie.
After listening to what Luke said, Stacey decides to clear Bradley's name and calls the police, telling them that she killed Archie. She is arrested and later sentenced to five years in prison. Stacey appeals her sentence after realising how much Lily is missing her, and is successful. Stacey returns to Walford, moving in with Kat and Alfie.Alfie commits arson, destroying the home and everything that belonged to Bradley. Stacey works for Dean Wicks at his salon, Blades and they start dating. She and Lily move into Dean's flat and Stacey discovers that Alfie caused the fire. Stacey discovers that Dean raped Linda Carter, so she ends the relationship and forces him to move out.Stacey talks to Sean over video chat, and he tells her to look after a key. Stacey is worried about Kat and Alfie leaving, following their lottery win. She is roughed up by Dean, who asks her about his daughter with Shabnam Masood. Shabnam's on-off boyfriend Kush Kazemi rescues her; they kiss and she tells him that Shabnam had a daughter she abandoned.
When Janine returns to the Square, she wonders where Lily is but she soon discovers that Stacey has taken Lily away from Ryan and this is the reason Ryan came to the hospital to see her. Ryan's younger sister Whitney moves in with her. Ryan tries to convince Whitney that Janine is not her friend but to no avail. Later, Ryan tells Whitney he is leaving Walford for a short time to do some work up North but will be back soon to see her and Lily. Before he leaves, Ryan asks Kat to give Whitney a job in the Vic, which she agrees to. When Ryan returns, he is horrified to discover that his little sister has been sexually exploited by Rob Grayson. Ryan gets a phone call from Arthur Chubb , who tells him Rob has found Whitney. Ryan goes to Southend-on-Sea and tracks down Rob. They fight on the pier and they both fall into the sea. The next day, the police pull Rob's body from the sea, and Whitney thinks Ryan might be dead until he appears. Having killed Rob during the fight, realizing Whitney has told the police the entire story and fearing he will go to prison, Ryan insists that he has to leave, so they say an emotional goodbye and goes on the run, with him telling her to look after Lily when she gets back. Lauren is heartbroken to discover his departure the next day and tries to speak to Whitney by asking her if Ryan has gone to see Stacey and Lily.
Lily returns on 13 February 2014, when she answers the door to Stacey's cousin Kat. Lily gets on well with Stacey's new boyfriend Luke Riley, although he thinks that Stacey's real name is "Jenny Smith". Kat let slip about Stacey's true identity to Luke, who throws both Stacey and Lily out of the house. After spending a week back in Albert Square, Stacey and Lily leave to spend time with Stacey's mother and Lily's grandmother, Jean in Brighton. After Stacey confesses to Archie Mitchell's murder (after she killed him because he raped her) and is sentenced to five years imprisonment, Lily is sent to live with Jean in Brighton but she returns with Jean in August, and eventually stays with Stacey's cousin Kat, her partner Alfie and Kat's son Tommy. Jean returns to Brighton when Stacey returns from prison after Jean convinces Stacey to say it was her bipolar talking and hat it wasn't her who murdered Archie. Stacey takes her mother mother's advice and once she gets out of prison, Lily refuses to spend time with her and seems to be very close with her auntie, Whitney, who is Ryan's younger sister but Lily and Stacey eventually reunite. When Lily asks about her dad, Stacey confronts Whitney about her telling Lily about Ryan without her consent as Lily is now four years old and has never seen her dad since she was a baby. Stacey bans Whitney from seeing Lily, but later reconsiders when she realizes how much Lily means to Whitney and how close their bond is. Kush's friend, Martin Fowler becomes Stacey's flatmate. Martin and Stacey date briefly before she realises she has feelings for Kush, despite his engagement to Shabnam. They kiss for a second time but they regret it.Stacey is jealous when Shabnam reveals she is pregnant, and Stacey reconciles with Martin. Jean returns and reveals that she is marrying Ollie Walters the next day. Jean sees the key and becomes angry, so Stacey is curious and tries to find what the key is for, to no avail; Jean pretends to flush the key down the toilet.Stacey discovers she is pregnant, but Martin asks her to get a termination, claiming that it is too soon in their relationship. She decides to keep the baby after a talk with Shabnam & Martin decides to stand by her.Stacey is spooked when a man she does not know begins to follow her. Unbeknownst to Stacey, the man, Kyle Slater also has a key like hers. When Stacey finds out Martin is planning to propose, she says she does not want to marry again. He later proposes that she become his "not-wife", so they are committed but not married, and she agrees.When Lee Carter fails to corrently fix a faulty electric socket, Stacey is electrocuted. She and her baby are fine, and she finds out she is having a boy. She forgives Lee, and tells Shabnam that she saw her dead father Brian Slater when she was electrocuted. When Shabnam finds the baby scan Stacey is hiding, Stacey throws her out of the flat and tears up the scan photo.When Shabnam asks why Stacey is hiding the photo from Martin, Stacey admits he is not the father but the real father was a one-night stand before getting together with him. When Kush confronts her, she tells him that she thinks he could be the father.
Kush's mother, Carmel Kazemi notices Kush and Stacey talking, and realises that he could be the father of Stacey's baby. Kush and Stacey convince Carmel not to tell Shabnam or Martin.When Stacey later attends a church service and prays for her father, she sees Kyle, who then leaves suddenly without telling her who he is, causing her to become more suspicious.Stacey tells Martin she has a stalker and when Jean and Ollie visit, she tells them too. Stacey realises that Jean knows who it is, and when she asks, Jean produces the key. Jean reveals the key is for Brian's safety deposit box in a bank.Stacey opens the box but it is empty, so when she confronts Jean, Jean reveals that Brian had another family with another woman, saying they planned to give Stacey the key when she turned 21 but after Brian's death, Sean stole it. Jean reveals that Kyle has been trying to contact her and Stacey through letters, making Stacey realise that Kyle is her half-brother.Kush tells Stacey that they must tell the truth to Shabnam and Martin about the paternity of Stacey's baby. Stacey gives birth at Lily's nativity play and Martin names the baby Arthur Brian Fowler after his father.When Kush holds the baby, his behaviour makes Shabnam realise that he could be the baby's father. Shabnam confronts Stacey but she denies Kush is the father.
Kat visits Stacey for Christmas and discovers that Martin is not Arthur's father, urging her to tell him the truth. As Stacey is about to do so, Kyle approaches her and formally introduces himself to her as her half-brother.After overhearing Kat talk to someone about a baby being stolen, Stacey fears for Arthur's safety and takes refuge in the church where Dot Branning, who has been teaching her about Christianity, finds her and tells her the story of the Massacre of the Innocents, causing Stacey to believe that Arthur is in danger.Believing that people are trying to harm Arthur, Stacey unsuccessfully attempts to baptise Arthur through Dot's sink. She discovers that Charlie has died, so she flees and meets Kyle, asking him to run away with her. Martin calls her, claiming that Kyle is not who he says he is and Stacey accuses Kyle of being the devil. She takes a cab and sees a vision of Charlie driving it, and he convinces her to return home to Walford.During a storm, Stacey goes to the roof of The Queen Victoria public house, saying that God is coming for Arthur. Martin finds her there and she tells him that Arthur was sent from God and now she is waiting for God to rescue them. Martin is forced to go along with this and convinces her to come home with him.By the time of Charlie's funeral, Stacey is convinced that Martin is a demon who is working with the devil. Eventually, Martin convinces her that he is not a demon and that a hospital is the safest place for her and Arthur.
However, Stacey is then sectioned after refusing to voluntarily admit herself because she will be separated from Arthur. Stacey tells the doctor she has been hearing God's voice since Arthur's birth at Christmas, so the doctor suspects she is suffering from postpartum psychosis.Martin apologises to her and promises to make things right, determined to find a way to bring her back together with Arthur. Shabnam soon realises that Stacey wants to see Arthur, so goes to Martin with the idea of getting Stacey and Arthur taken to a mother and baby care unit.When Shabnam decides to leave Walford, Stacey finally admits that Kush is Arthur's father, showing that she is starting to recover. Martin finds a mother and baby unit for Stacey in Essex, and takes her and Arthur there. Stacey writes Martin a letter revealing that Arthur is Kush's son, but decides not to send it, however a nurse finds it and gives it to Martin; Martin is heartbroken.Stacey begs for his forgiveness, but he goes to America, returning a few weeks later and they reunite. She is allowed a home visit where she meets Kyle again. He explains that he is transgender and he used to be her sister but is now her brother. Stacey accepts and supports him and allows him to stay at her and Martin's flat.Stacey says she no longer wants to be Martin's "not-wife" and proposes to him, which he accepts, and tells Kush he can be part of Arthur's life, but Kush later decides he does not want to be Arthur's role model. Stacey is discharged from the mother and baby unit.
After being released, Stacey tries to talk to Masood, but instead he rebuffs her apology, blaming her for Shabnam leaving. Carmel tries to persuade Masood to forgive her but instead gets angry when Masood does not show interest. Martin and Kyle think Stacey is putting too much pressure on herself when she invites Jean, Ollie and her cousin, Belinda Peacock for a family dinner.During the dinner, Jean does not accept that Kyle is transgender and instead calls him a liar. Stacey later argues with Jean to accept and believe Kyle but instead Jean leaves. Belinda then reveals that Stacey and Martin may have to move out because Kat is due to stop paying their rent. Martin's attempts to make money fail, and he takes work away from home.While he is gone, Andy Flynn invites himself into Stacey's home and they become friendly; Stacey soon realises he is homeless. She also contacts Kyle's mother Alison Slater who visits, but she refuses to accept him.To help with Martin's money problems, Andy tells him he can help him steal some toilets that were delivered in error to the building site he is working on, which is the house next to Martin and Stacey's flat.
Andy, Martin, Stacey and Kyle successfully steal them, but they fail to sell them. Belinda then moves in after leaving her husband Neville Peacock and they are all forced to return the toilets when Belinda inadvertently tries to sell them back to Jack Branning from whom they were stolen. Stacey and Martin then marry and she becomes Mrs Fowler. In 2017, she enters the pub to discover Max Branning proposing to Sophie Willmott-Brown. Confused, she asks what is going on. In December, after taking Max in when he was rejected by the rest of the Square, they romp in the living room. Meanwhile, Stacey's lost phone containing the voicemail revealing Max as Steven's killer is posted through the door. In the morning, Stacey tells Max how ridiculous the thought of them together is as he kisses her neck. He tries to convince her it is a good idea, to no avail. Max calls Stacey "mine", to her horror. Later, Martin sees the phone charging on the table and asks where it came from. Stacey explains it came through the door. Martin notices the abundance of messages, and notifies Stacey, who says she will listen to them later.
Abi later comes to the Fowler household to share Christmas dinner with Max and the Fowler family. After Christmas dinner, Stacey tells Max she feels the same as Max and they kiss. Afterwards, Max notices the messages from Jane on her phone, and tries to delete them, but the phone has frozen. Tanya walks in to the kitchen just after Stacey and Max have finished kissing, to their shock. Stacey returns to collect nappies in the middle of their conversation. Tanya asks her how she can even have him staying in her house, and Stacey says he is a friend. Tanya guesses they are having an affair again, which they deny. Tanya tells Stacey that Max killed Steven, which the entire Fowler household and Abi overhear. Tanya takes Abi and Martin kicks Max out. Max pleads with Stacey, however she loses her temper and swipes the table of the dishes. Martin forces Max out. Max goes up to the roof of the Queen Victoria and teeters on the edge. Lauren, Tanya, Stacey and Abi spot him and Lauren and Abi climb to the edge, hoping to talk him down. They manage to, but as they all climb back over, Lauren slips and grabs Abi. They fall to the ground, to Tanya, Max and Stacey's shock. Later that night, after Martin finds out about the ordeal, he tries to soothe her, however Stacey is being incredibly shifty. She repeatedly tells him she wants to talk, however he shushes her and tells her to relax. Later, Stacey sits Martin down and tells him she slept with Max. They get back together in May 2018.
Since the Slater Family house is a bit over crowded, Martin gets annoyed with everyone. He then gets ready to go in the shower but realizes Tiffany is in. When Martin asks her is she is done, she replies "in washing my hair". Martin then comes down stairs and Tiffany comes out the shower, just as Mo runs up the stairs to use the bathroom. When the Bathroom is finally free, Martin goes in the shower but is disturbed when Jean walks in. She then runs down stairs and Martin goes after her. Jean runs into the kitchen where everyone is and Martin explains what has just happened. Tiffany laughs, as does everyone but Jean says "To be fair Martin, I didn't see much". Everyone laughs again and Kat replies "Poor Stacey". Martin goes to turn away and Kat pulls down his towel, which is covering his body. Everyone screams and Tiffany covers her eyes but Stacey grabs the cloth and puts it over Tiffany's eyes. Martin goes up stairs to resume his shower and get ready. When he comes down stairs into the Kitchen he spots Lily on Tiffany's ipad and tells her she should play outside and get some air in her lungs because she looks pasty. A few minutes later, Lily comes downstairs tanned as Tiffany covered her in fake tan because Martin said she looked pasty. Martin then promises to take Lily to the pictures after he is been to work but later gets robbed. Lily over hears Martin talking to the rest of the family about it and decides to make her own movie.