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Lucy Katherine Beale was the daughter of Ian Beale and Cindy Beale, twin sister of Peter Beale and half-sister of Steven Beale, Cindy Williams, Bobby Beale, Gina and Anna Knight. She made her first appearance on 16 December 1993.


1993-1998: Birth and Cindy Beale's 'death'[]

Lucy and her twin brother Peter were born in December 1993.

When Lucy was two years old, Cindy hired a hitman to shoot Ian. She then flees the country with Peter and Steven - but is unable to get Lucy. Lucy is separated from her siblings for almost a year until Ian gets them back with the help of Phil and Grant Mitchell.

In 1997, Lucy and her mum are reunited when Cindy returns to fight for custody of her children. Initially, Cindy is granted custody but she is arrested soon after the court case for the attempted murder of Ian. Whilst in prison, Cindy apparently dies during childbirth but Lucy's half sister, Cindy Williams survives, who is raised by Lucy's auntie, Gina Williams.

1999-2004: Childhood and different stepmothers[]

In 1999, Ian starts a relationship with Melanie Owen and she becomes involved with Ian's children - acting as a mother-figure. Fearing that she didn't really love him, Ian lied to Melanie and told her that Lucy has cancer. Melanie and Ian marry on New Year's Eve, but the truth is revealed and Melanie learns that Lucy does not have cancer and so Melanie walks out on Ian and they divorce in 2000.

With Ian's busy work lifestyle, he often finds himself stuck with someone to look after his children. Family friend and Steven's grandmother, Pat Evans, is often roped in to babysit. In February 2000, Ian employs a nanny, Laura Dunn. Laura becomes attracted to Ian, however he does not initially feel the same way about her. Later in the year, Ian is declared bankrupt and Laura agrees to stay to help him out and look after the children. Ian and Laura marry in May 2001.

Laura decides that she wants to have a baby with Ian, however he does not want to. Laura is heartbroken to find out that Ian had been paying Janine Butcher to sleep with him. This then causes a feud between the two women. Laura reconciles with Ian on the promise that they will have a baby, but Ian has a secret vasectomy. Laura gets pregnant and, believing that he cannot be the father, Ian cons her into signing her share of the businesses over to him and throws her out. Laura tells Garry Hobbs that he is the father, following a drunken night together. Laura gives birth to Bobby in July 2003 and later discovers that Ian is the father after all. She decides not to tell him initially but, after struggling on her own, plans to tell him. Unfortunately, she trips down the stairs and dies of a broken neck. Following Laura's death, Ian finds out the truth about Bobby and he takes custody of him.

2005-2010: Teenage years and departure[]

Lucy becomes rebellious and steals, smokes cigarettes, drinks alcohol and plays truant. At Ian's chip shop, he employs eighteen year old Craig Dixon and the pair are attracted to each other - even though Lucy was just thirteen - and they start a secret relationship. When Ian discovers their relationship, Ian warns Craig away from his daughter. Lucy runs away with Craig, but she didn't know that Craig had a gun and assaulted Patrick Trueman. Craig pressures Lucy for sex but Lucy panics and tells her dad what Craig did to Patrick and, as a result, Craig is arrested for attempted murder.

By July 2007, Lucy gains a new step-mother when Ian married Jane Collins (she met Ian in 2004 and was an employee of his before engaging in a relationship).

Later in the year, Lucy is contacted by someone who claims to be her mum but soon it is revealed that it was in fact Steven. He blames Ian for the death of his mother and he holds Ian hostage for weeks. Steven accidentally shoots Jane with Craig's handgun, which leaves Jane infertile. Ian gets Steven psychiatric help and after, Ian allows Steven to live with them.

In March 2008, Lucy holds a party whilst her parents are away. However, Ian and Jane return to find their house trashed. Ian and Lucy row and Lucy runs away when Ian slaps her. The family search for Lucy and it is revealed that Lucy has been hiding with Steven, who's aim was to turn Lucy against Ian and come with him to France. Ian convinces Lucy to come home and they cut all ties with Steven.

Lucy moves in with her step uncle, Christian Clarke and has a relationship with Olly Greenwood, who is older than her. Lucy goes onto the contraceptive pill and gets money by blackmail.

In 2010, Lucy has sex with Leon Small and, unknown to Leon, she is pregnant. Leon dumps Lucy for Zsa Zsa Carter. Lucy breaks down and tells Jane that she is pregnant and she realises that she doesn't want to be a mum and she asks Jane to adopt the baby with Ian. Ian isn't happy to discover that Lucy is pregnant and is not too keen with the plan to adopt Lucy's baby - but it would be the closest Jane would get to being an actual mother. Lucy soon decides that she doesn't want the baby at all and, with Ian's help and support, she has an abortion but they tell Jane she has miscarried.

Lucy gets excellent grades for her GCSE results, after she paid Adam Best to help her cheat. The school question how Lucy got decent exam results and she confesses that she cheated on some of her exams and has to retake Year 11. Lucy decides to quit school and stay with her grandmother, Bev Williams in Devon.

2012-2015: Return and killed by Bobby Beale[]

In January 2012, Lucy returns for Pat's funeral and starts a feud with Ian's new girlfriend, Mandy Salter, who he is going to marry.. When Mandy tries to get Lucy on drugs, Lucy hides the drugs in a book, where Ian and Bobby find them. Ian confronts Mandy but Ian soon forgives her, angering Lucy.

On Ian and Mandy's wedding's day, Lucy tells her dad to choose between her or Mandy. Ian chooses Mandy and throws Lucy out of the house. When Mandy leaves - after she admits that she doesn't love Ian - Ian has a nervous breakdown and leaves Walford.

Lucy is left to look after Bobby and to keep Ian's businesses and the house afloat with money that they don't have. Lucy encounters trouble with Derek Branning, who repeatedly takes money from the tills. Joey Branning tricks his father into giving him money, which he gives to Lucy and Lucy starts a relationship with Joey. Lucy renames the café Cindy's.

Lauren Branning finds out that Ian is homeless but Lucy doesn't want to know. Lucy slams the door in Ian's face when Lauren's parents, Tanya and Max Branning, bring Ian back to Walford and she rejects Ian from hers and Bobby's life, but Sharon Rickman convinces Lucy to give Ian a chance. Lucy agrees, but on the condition that her name is transferred to his businesses and properties so nothing like that would happen again and Ian agrees. Lucy struggles with the businesses and soon allows Ian to work with her.

Lucy breaks up with Joey after he kisses Whitney Dean. Even though Joey has no feelings for Lucy, he takes her back but he says it will never work and they break up again. Lucy panics when she finds a lump on her breast, but it's benign.

In 2014, Lucy is secretly sleeping with Max and she also has sex with Lee Carter. Lee compliments Lucy and she realises that he is good for her and Max just wants her for sex. When Lucy enters the Queen Vic, she sees Lee kissing Whitney. Lucy realises that someone knows about her relationship with Max when someone sends Max a message of her and him kissing. Lee and Whitney kiss at the park but she meets Lee at Ian's restaurant. Lucy breaks down but Lee comforts her and, unknown to them, Jake Stone is watching them. 

Cindy tells Ian that he knows nothing about Lucy and that she was arrested for shoplifting whilst in Devon and that she is hiding something in her jewellery box. Ian forces the jewellery box open and he and Jane are horrified to discover a bag of cocaine in their daughter's jewellery box. Lucy and Lee are chased out of the restaurant and Lucy, in a moment of anger, tells Ian that she wishes that he wasn't her father. Ian and Lucy later have a heart to heart and Ian tells Lucy that she is the child he is most proud of. Peter overhears and is sad, so he flees. Lucy goes after him, but she is unable to find him.

On Good Friday, Lucy receives a mysterious text message and leaves Albert Square. The next morning, a little girl discovers Lucy's body on Walford Common. This begins a murder enquiry and, on the same day, DC Emma Summerhayes and DS Bryant tell Ian that Lucy is dead. Ian later identifies Lucy's body at the mortuary. Lucy is seen on CCTV by her uncle David Wicks at the car lot, which shows Lucy and Max arguing. Peter visit's Lucy's body at Coker & Sons, where he kisses her forehead and stays with her.

In February 2015, a flashback episode shows what happened on Good Friday 2014 in the build up to Lucy being murdered. It was revealed that Bobby had accidentally killed her at home (45 Albert Square).

2019-2020: Hallucinations[]

In August 2019, after being visibly upset and speaking to Max and getting advice from Callum Highway, Bobby returned home, Bobby is still distraught and faces up to killing his sister. He has hallucinations of Lucy and sometimes hears her voice - these seem to have stopped by January 2020.

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