Profile From the old official site at www.emmerdale.co.uk that
closed down in 2002
Played by Samantha Giles
First Appearance on 25th November 1988
Marital Status; Was engaged to Gavin Ferris who had a
somewhat murky past. Married and currently separated
from Ashley Thomas-Vicar
She built up a good relationship with both Turner and
Betty. At this point she was desperate for a man,
and chatted up almost every eligible male and some of
the ineligible ones!
She returned to take over as bar manager of the Woolpack. This
time it was a new Bernice, with direction and determination.
When Alan had a heart attack he decided to sell the pub,
and Bernice felt she and Gavin were the ideal couple
to buy it.
Stella mysteriously left her £75,000 for the deposit,
so it came as a real shock when her dreams came true.
Gavin popped the question, and Bernice was delighted.
They began planning for their wedding. But just
before Christmas Bernice and Tricia caught Gavin
snogging Paddy’s gay cousin Jason in Bernice’s bedroom. Gavin
tried to explain his bisexuality, Bernice asked him to
Ashley fell for her, but Diane warned him off. He
settled for being her best friend – . They threw
her engagement ring into the beck together.
Ashley tells Bernice of his true feelings. First she
is annoyed but then changes her mind and visits him at
the vicarage, they kiss. The next day Betty sees Bernice
at the vicarage wearing one of Ashley’s shirts. Now a
couple, they receive some objections from people in the
village who don’t believe it is correct for a vicar to
be with a pub landlady.
Bernice asks Ashley to marry her. He accepts and they
throw a party. Ashley surprises Bernice by tracking down
her father. Neither Bernice or Diane wants anything to
do with him. Bernice doesn’t want to know her father
Rodney, but he wins her over, Bernice and Ashley fall
out over Rodney. Bernice is attracted to Carlos, but
they remain just friends. Rodney and Bernice become closer,
he tells her of her half sister Nicola. Bernice decides
to write to her. Nicola comes to Emmerdale to meet her
sister. Despite some hiccups along the way Bernice and
Ashley get married on Christmas day.
They start trying for a baby. Bernice is desperate to
get pregnant and puts Ashley on a diet of rabbit food
and exercise. All this comes to fruition when Bernice
falls pregnant. Sadly she has a miscarriage. Bernice
is inconsolable and goes into a state of depression.
She doesn’t want to talk to Ashley about it, they become
estranged. Bernice cannot come to terms with the miscarriage.
Carlos consoles her, they become close. Bernice starts
an affair with Carlos who happens to be her sister Nicola’s
Ashley is delighted that his wife seems much happier.
The affair is off and on then off again, still Ashley
is oblivious. Later in the year Bernice discovers that
she is again pregnant. But whose baby is it? She decides
to end the affair with Carlos once and for all and tells
Ashley they are having a baby. But they affair gets out
leaving Ashley devastated and her life in tatters.