Beverly Marshall

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Beverly Marshall
Second Beverly Marshall.jpg
Shaunna O'Grady as Beverly Marshall (1990)
Neighbours character
Portrayed by Lisa Armytage
(1987–1989)
Shaunna O'Grady
(1989–1990, 2005, 2019)
Duration 1987–1990, 2005, 2019
First appearance 6 July 1987 (1987-07-06)
Introduced by
Classification Former; regular (returning)
Profile
Other names Beverly Robinson
Occupation Doctor
Home Perth
First Beverly Marshall.jpg
Lisa Armytage as Beverly Marshall (1987)

Beverly Marshall (also Robinson) is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours. The character was originally played by Lisa Armytage and she made her first on-screen appearance on 6 July 1987. Shaunna O'Grady took over from Armytage and began playing the character from 16 March 1989 until her departure on 5 September 1990. Beverly is a doctor and was Jim Robinson's second wife. O'Grady reprised her role of Beverly in 2005 to help celebrate Neighbours' 20th anniversary, she made a cameo in Annalise Hartman's documentary on Ramsay Street. She will reprise the role again in 2019.

Casting

Beverly Marshall was originally played by Lisa Armytage.[1] Armytage quit the role in 1988 and the script writers decided to send the character off to a conference for a few months. This allowed them time to cast Shaunna O'Grady in the role.[2] O'Grady took over the role of Beverly in 1989, after she successfully passed a screen test when she dropped into Grundys while passing through Melbourne.[3] O'Grady has described taking over the role from Lisa Armytage as "very strange". On her experience of joining the cast she said "It really was fun, as I recall. Cast and crew were friendly, and we laughed a LOT".[3] There was a notable difference between the two actresses, O'Grady was blonde while Armytage was a brunette.[2] Of this O'Grady said "We don't look at all alike, obviously we aren't the same person and there's been no attempt to make me look like Lisa". She also added "I think I will just be recognised as a different actor and go from there".[2]

Development

Characterisation

On her arrival into Neighbours, Beverly was described has having an "intense and frequently difficult relationship" with Jim Robinson (Alan Dale).[4] When Beverly saves Helen Daniels' (Anne Haddy) life, she earns Jim's "undying gratitude".[4] Ruth Deller of television website Lowculture also commented on Jim and Beverly's relationship, saying "After a typical Ramsay Street start of hating each other's guts, he (Jim) married [...] Beverly Marshall, but they later divorced.[5] Beverly became the show's first female character not to take her husband's name.[6] Armytage explained Jim and Beverly's relationship, saying that Beverly was initially not interested in Jim.[7] Armytage added that Jim is very defensive when they first meet and it takes a while before they start to relate to each other.[7]

Departure and returns

When O'Grady's contract came up for renewal, producers took the decision not to renew it. O'Grady said that she would have continued with Neighbours if it had been up to her.[3] In July 2005, O'Grady joined several former cast members for a cameo appearance in the serial's 20th anniversary episode "Friends for Twenty Years".[8]

On 22 January 2019, Filiz Mehmedova of Digital Spy confirmed that O'Grady would be reprising her role once again, after fans noticed a name card for Beverly at a table read.[9]

Storylines

Beverly accepts an invitation from Hilary Robinson (Anne Scott-Pendlebury), to come to Erinsborough for a visit. Hilary tries to set Beverly and her cousin, Jim Robinson up together and Beverly falls for Jim. She sets up a surgery in the medical practice following the departure of Clive Gibbons (Geoff Paine) and moves to Erinsborough permanently. Beverly helps deliver Daphne Clarke's (Elaine Smith) son, Jamie (S.J. Dey), after she goes into labour while on a fishing trip with her husband Des (Paul Keane), Jim and Beverly. Beverly's former husband Stephen Armstrong (Peter Adams) comes back into her life and she chooses him over Jim. However, Stephen is violent towards her and she throws him out. Beverly begs Jim to take her back and he proposes to her.

Beverly and Jim marry at Jim's house on Valentine's Day. Their honeymoon plans are dashed when Beverly's niece and nephew, Katie (Sally Jensen) and Todd Landers (Kristian Schmid) run away. When they are found, they reveal that their parents Annette (Tania Uren) and Bob Landers (Robin Harrison; Bruce Kilpatrick) are having marital problems. Beverly and Jim agree to let Katie and Todd stay with them. Beverly worries if Jim's mother-in-law Helen Daniels (Anne Haddy) will accept her, however, Helen is happy that Jim has found someone. Beverly asks Jim if they can try for a baby, but Jim is reluctant after having raised four children of his own. However, he agrees and Beverly discovers she is pregnant, but she suffers a miscarriage after being mugged on the way home from the surgery.

When Debra Turner (Daisy Cameron), a young single mother leaves her baby son, Rhys (Anna and Evie Kasmatis) at Beverly's surgery, Beverly takes the child home and decides to apply for legal guardianship of him. However, Debra returns to town with the child's father, Adam Delaney (Joel Richardson) and they begin blackmailing Beverly. Jim finds out when he notices that large amounts of money is missing from their bank account. Beverly tells him everything and Jim calls the police. Rhys is taken away and put up for adoption. Beverly's former partner Ewan O'Brien (Peter Sumner) asks her to help with a research paper and Jim becomes jealous of him. The tension between Beverly and Jim eventually forces Beverly to take a reluctant Todd and move to the flat above her surgery.

Beverly then discovers she is pregnant again and she reconciles with Jim, but she miscarries again. She is told that she cannot carry a child to full term. When Ewan asks Beverly to join him in Perth, Beverly decides to leave Erinsborough. Just before she leaves, Jim tells her that he wants to remain friends. Beverly and Jim divorce the following year. Years later, when Annalise Hartman (Kimberly Davies) return to Ramsay Street to show the residents a documentary she has made, Beverly features in it and she reveals that she owes her professional confidence to her time on Ramsay Street.

Reception

Beverly was named as a "firm favourite with viewers" in John Kercher's 1989 book, Neighbours: facts, features, interviews with your favourite TV stars.[10] Kercher also named Beverly's relationship with Jim as "intriguing".[10] Ruth Deller named Beverly as Ramsay Street's "superdoc".[5] In another feature, Lowculture called Beverly the "resident awesome all-powerful Neighbours doctor who came inbetween Clive Gibbons and Karl Kennedy".[11] The BBC said Beverly's most notable moment was "When she slapped one of her patients."[12]

References

  1. ^ "Former soap star on the books of local agent". Lincolnshire Echo. 29 May 2009. Archived from the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Hopwood, Clive (1990). The Official Neighbours Annual 1990. World International. p. 59. ISBN 0-7235-6859-6. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Moe (11 March 2006). "Interviews – Shaunna O'Grady". Perfectblend. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b Wallis, Neil & Hogan, Dave (1989). The Neighbours factfile. Angus & Robertson. p. 74. ISBN 0-207-16382-0. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  5. ^ a b Deller, Ruth (23 July 2009). "A guide to recognising your Ramsays and Robinsons". Low Culture. Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  6. ^ Monroe, Josephine (1996). Neighbours: the first 10 years. Michael Joseph LTD. (Penguin Group). p. 124. ISBN 0-7181-4212-8. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  7. ^ a b Oram, James (1988). Neighbours: behind the scenes. Angus & Robertson. p. 111. ISBN 0-207-16075-9. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  8. ^ Green, Kris (14 April 2005). "More Neighbours returns confirmed". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  9. ^ Mehmedova, Filiz (22 January 2019). "Neighbours confirms return for Beverly Robinson as Shaunna O'Grady reprises role". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  10. ^ a b Kercher, John (1989). Neighbours: facts, features, interviews with your favourite TV stars. Grandreams Ltd. p. 61. ISBN 0-7323-0607-8. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  11. ^ "Baby, I Swear it's Deja Vu". Lowculture. 18 April 2008. Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  12. ^ "Character: Beverly Marshall". BBC. Archived from the original on 6 October 2003. Retrieved 3 March 2011.

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