The Following Profile was submitted
by Jeremy Larner and is ©2007 to Jeremy Larner & emmerdale.org
Bev Unwin ran a pub with her late husband and had two
children, Shelley and Sharon. Her daughter Sharon died in March 2003.
Bev made her first appearance in the show in March 2003 at daughter
Sharon's funeral. Her other daughter Shelley attended the funeral
with her fiancé Peter Barlow, however Shelley was upset when
Peter had to rush off, not knowing he was getting married to another
woman, Lucy, who was pregnant with his baby.
Shortly afterwards Bev arrived in Weatherfield and moved into the
Rovers with Shelley who was the manager. Bev started helping out behind
the bar and put fellow barmaid Maria Sutherland's nose out of joint
which resulted in Maria quitting. Bev was happy for Shelley when she
and Peter set a wedding date and the couple married in July 2003,
with Shelley still in the dark about Lucy.
When Shelley eventually
did find out the truth Bev supported her over her break up with Peter.
Bev briefly befriended Tracey Barlow and entered into a 1p bet that
Tracy could get Roy Cropper into bed. Tracy did so by drugging him
at Peter and Shelley's sham wedding. However the joke went too far
when Tracy convinced him he was the father of her unborn baby.
Bev grew lonely and longed for a man to pay her any attention. She
made a pass at womanising Irish man and Rovers barman Ciaran, who
was much younger than her, and the pair enjoyed a one night stand
together. However Ciaran was engaged to shop worker Sunita and so
wasn’t interested in anything long term. Despite Betty Williams
walking in on the pair kissing their fling was kept under wraps until
after Sunita had jilted Ciaran in December 2003. Bev hoped Ciaran
becoming single again meant they could carry on a casual affair but
It wasn’t long before Bev was eyeing up builder Charlie Stubbs
who had just bought a yard on Victoria Street. Bev threw herself
at him and had several one night stands but he was more interested
in her daughter Shelley and started dating her which caused a rift
between the mother and daughter. Charlie was controlling and when
he slept with Bev behind Shelley's back he played them off against
each other and in June 2004 when Bev left the Street she wasn’t
on the best terms with Shelley.
We didn’t see Bev again until several months later, just before
Christmas in 2003 when she started making contact with Shelley again.
By now Charlie has become even more controlling and Bev feared for
Shelley's safety. They met up a few times however it was too much
for Shelley who phoned Bev to tell her they couldn’t meet any
longer. Over Christmas Bev got in touch with old friend Deirdre Rachid
who lived next door to Shelley, and asked her if she would arrange
a meet up with Shelley, without Charlie knowing. Deirdre managed to
get a message to Shelley that Bev was waiting at number 1 and Shelley
managed to sneak out without Charlie noticing. Bev tried to persuade
Shelley that Charlie didn’t really care about her but Shelley
refused to listen. Bev disappeared off the scene again for several
months after making Deirdre promise to keep an eye on Shelley.
Bev returned to the street in the summer of 2005 after Deirdre had
contacted her to tell her all was not well with Shelley. On arriving
at the Rovers Bev pushed past a surprised Charlie and went upstairs
to find Shelley. She was horrified to discover Shelley has black eyes,
not knowing they were from cosmetic surgery that Shelley had had done.
She made a scene in the Rovers and was thrown out of the pub. Bev
remained on bad terms with Shelley for months afterwards, but found
a job at the Weatherfield Arms, another local pub and became friends
with Liz McDonald who also worked there. When Shelley and Charlie
announced they were getting married Bev was in despair because Shelley
was about to make a huge mistake however she attended the wedding
and was delighted when Shelley realised just in time what Charlie
was like and jilted him.
It wasn’t long after this that Bev moved back into the Rovers
after Shelley had kicked Charlie out, and started working as a barmaid
there once again. In January 2006 she went on a cruise with Liz and
her boyfriend Vernon. However Shelley was shocked when Liz returned
without Bev, who had met another man on the cruise and gone to live
with him. A few weeks later however Bev was phoning the Rovers to
ask for someone to collect her as her new man had dumped her on the
motorway. Fred who took the call raced to collect her and Bev was
so upset Fred comforted her. Fred ended up proposing and Bev accepted.
Shelley was delighted for her mum however was more than a little put
out that Bev struck a close bond with Fred’s daughter in law
Claire who was about to have a baby. Shelley felt as though she would
never give her mother a grandchild. Shelley was also put out that
Bev was marrying Fred who owned the Rovers as Shelley was supposed
to be the manageress. This prompted Shelley to accept a job as a manageress
at a pub in the Derbyshire countryside. However when rumours started
circulating that Shelley had had a one night stand with Charlie Bev
was worried and asked Shelley to reassure her there was no truth in
it. Despite it being the truth Shelley lied to her mother to save
her feelings, and despite Tracy Barlow, who Charlie was now dating,
trying to spoil things she enjoyed a farewell drink at the Rovers.
Bev missed Shelley and this led Fred and Bev to make the decision
to retire to the country after their wedding. The pub was put up
for sale and Fred and Bev excepted an offer from Steve and Liz McDonald.
Bev and Fred recently had to cut short their holiday due to the problems
Fred’s son and daughter in law have been going through.