|Beatrice Alice Smith (nee Corruthers)|
|First Appeared||Ep 001|
|Last Appeared||Ep 400|
|Status||Deceased, burned to death.|
|Crime||Double murder, first sentence served.|
|Played by||Val Lehman|
Beatrice Alice Smith (maiden name Corruthers) was an inmate who appeared from episode 1-400 she was known for hating drugs and child abusers and her reign as Top Dog. Bea was born in Hobart, Tasmania on the 8th of Feb, 1938.
Life In PrisonEdit
Bea was first sentenced to 10 years at Wentworth Detention Centre. She was sentenced for strangling a coworker at her hair salon after whom her husband Harry had been having an affair with.
Bea was first seen threatening new inmate Lynette Warner after Lyn was accused of burying a baby alive. Bea used a press on Lyn`s hand to burn her and then coerced her to tell Mrs Davidson it was an accident so Bea could still get her release the next day.
Upon Bea`s release (2) she decided to settle some scores of which she had been planning for last ten years. Firstly to book herself into a hotel then contact her old cell mate and also to see her daughter's grave and lastly to visit her husband. Val (Bea`s old cellmate) gave Bea a pistol as a gift so she decided to use it to seek revenge on her husband after kicking Debbie (Bea`s daughter) out of the famile`s home. Debbie ends up with some serious mental health issues and becomes addicted to heroin. Bea arrives at the house Harry then tells her she`s not welcome Bea then quotes "I don't want to comeback, I just bought you a present" before shooting him in the head in front of his new mistress and killing him.
Later Bea returns to Wentworth where she now has a life sentence also her arch nemesis Franky Doyle has taken over as Top Dog. This doesn't last long as Franky starts a riot which ends with Bea knocking her out and Bill Jackson (Meg`s husband) getting fataly stabbed. Bea takes it upon herself to find out who the culprit is and punish them.
Although Bea was "top dog", others try to take that title for themselves however it was usually when Bea would escape or be transferred. Not many were game enough to try it whilst Bea was still top dog. Due to the circumstances around her daughter`s death Bea hated drug pushers and also anyone who committed crimes against children. When ex-screw Anne Yates is sent to Wentworth for drug trafficking Bea takes it upon herself to find out Anne's crime and as she had always suspected Anne of dealing drugs when she was a screw. She gives her a hard time about it leading Anne to stab Bea in the side which leads to Bea's first escape attempt whilst she is in hospital. She achieves this by drugging the police woman who is guarding her. After staying with Mum Brooks and then with her friend and old cell-mate Val. Bea is eventually dobbed in to the police by Yvonne a teenage girl living next door. Yvonne is annoyed that Bea crashed her party out of her concern for her welfare.
For a time after this Bea had no major storylines - mainly just being involved in other prisoners storylines. With the arrival of Ken Pearce an ex-prisoner who wants to set up a drama group at Wentworth Bea has a romance. She falls for Ken who asks for Bea's help in straightening out his daughter - also called Debbie. Bea and Ken are discovered locked in a store room by the screws and Ken Pearce is banned from Wentworth for a time. When he eventually does return he tells Bea that he's decided to reconcile with his ex wife.
Bea eventually makes another escape attempt via a previously forgotten series of underground disused sewer tunnels. She is eventually trapped down there by a cave in with Doreen Anderson and Lizzie Birdsworth and due to an unstable prisoner - Anne Griffin blocking off the entrance. Bea goes crazy with claustrophobia and while in a panic she finds a rock to bang on a barred dead end. The trio are eventually discovered but Bea is unable to get revenge as Anne is transferred to a mental institution.
Later Bea is transferred to Barnhurst correctional centre thanks to mounting tension at Wentworth. She meets Marie Winter, who has become top dog there when Bea was first transferred away. Marie drugs Bea's soup for fun, and Bea's reaction to this gets her sent back to Wentworth. She suffers amnesia due to a car accident on the way. Her last memory is of life before prison, so she is confused when she finds her old house occupied by strangers. She does remember Mum though and while Mum realises her amnesia is genuine a mistake by Meg Jackson and gets Bea and Mum sent to Wentworth. The prisoners believe Bea is faking to get earlier release, and Vera Bennett takes pleasure in reminding Bea of everything she has done. At this point Margo Gafney has taken over as Top Dog and Bea's instincts eventually take over and she attacks Margo to defend Mum. As Bea is inside her memory has returns and she helps Mum out by testifying that she faked having amnesia and that she forced Mum to hide her at her house.
Bea next has a health scare.
Her kidneys are failing and she needs a donor kidney. Everyone knows that a prisoner is on the bottom of the transplant list and the prisoners decide to see if any of them are a match. Doreen is a match, however she is too scared to have the operation. Bea forgives her possibly because she is going to die anyway. Fortunately a road fatality provides Bea with the much needed Kidney.
Bea's conflicts with Joan Ferguson after her arrival are really too numerous to mention. We'd rather you see them for yourself.
Later on Joan Ferguson and Sonia Stevens play tricks to get Bea transferred. The plan works and she gets transferred to Barnhurst and this time for good. Bea is never seen or heard from again, her reign as Queen Bea at Wentworth is finally over (400).
Later on it is mentioned by Myra and Ann (536) that Bea was killed in a riot in Barnhurst. Myra tells the other inmates stories about her which touches them all.