|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 10 years at Wentworth Detention Centre she was sentenced for strangling a woman that worked with her at a hairdressing place after her husband Harry had an affair with her. She was first seen threatning new inmate Lynette Warner after she was accused of burying a baby alive later on she jammed the press on her hand and forced Lynnette to tell Mrs Davidson that it was accident so she could get released the next day.
After the release (2) she got to do the stuff she wanted to do for ten years, book her self at a hotel, contact her cell mate, see her daughter's grave and visit her husband while with Val (her old cellmate) she gave Bea a gun as a gift so she decided to use it to get revenge on her husband after he kicked Debbie out of the family home after living with another woman which caused her to have depression and got herself addicted to heroin killing herself after Bea arrived the house Harry says shes not welcome to stay then Bea quoted "I don't wanna comeback i just brought you a present" before shooting him in the head in front of his new mistress.
Later Bea returns to Wentworth where she now has a life sentence, also her arch nemesis Franky Doyle takes over as Top Dog which doesn't last long - Franky starts a riot, which ends with Bea knocking her out, and with Bill Jackson getting stabbed. Bea takes it upon herself to find out who did it and punish them.
Although Bea was "top dog", others tried to take that title for themselves, usually whenever Bea would escape or be transferred. Not many were game enough to try it while Bea was still top dog. Due to the circumtances around her daughter Debbie's death, Bea hated drug pushers, and 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, as she always suspected Anne of dealing drugs when she was a screw, then give her a hard time about it, leading Anne to stab Bea in the side, leading to Bea's first escape attempt in hospital. She manages this by drugging the policewoman watching her. After staying with Mum, 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, who is annoyed that Bea literally crashed her party out of her concern for Yvonne's welfare.
For a time after this, Bea had no major storylines, mainly just being involved in other prisoners storylines, until the arrival of Ken Pearce, an ex-prisoner who wants to set up a drama group at Wentworth. She falls for Ken, who asks 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, and when he eventually does come back, he tells Bea that he's decided to reconcile with his wife.
Bea eventually makes another escape attempt via previously forgotten underground water tunnels. She is eventually trapped down there by a cave in with Doreen Anderson and Lizzie Birdsworth, due to mentally unstable prisoner Anne Griffin blocking off the entrance. Bea goes mad with claustrophobia, and while in a panic, she finds a rock to bang on a barred dead end, and the trio are discovered. Bea is unable to get revenge as Anne is transferred to a mental asylum.
A while later, Bea is transferred to Barnhurst thanks to mounting tension at Wentworth. She meets Marie Winter, who has become top dog there, once Bea was first transferred away. Marie drugs Bea's soup for fun, and Bea's reaction to this gets her sent back to Wentworth, where she suffers amnesia due to a motor 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 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. By this point Margo has taken over as Top Dog, and Bea's instinct eventually takes over, and attacks Margo to defend Mum. As Bea is inside, and her memory has returned, she helps Mum out by testifying that she faked having amnesia and that she forced Mum to hide her at her house.
A while after this, Bea has a health scare. Her kidneys are failing and she needs a donor. Everyone knows that a prisoner is on the bottom of a transplant list, and the prioners 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 as she is going to die anyway, but fortunately a road fatality provides Bea with the 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 and Sonia Stevens do dirty tricks to get Bea transferred, the plan works as she gets transferred to Barnhurst and this time for good (400).
Later on it is mentioned by Myra and Ann that Bea gets killed in a riot in Barnhurst Myra tells the other inmates stories about her which touches them all.