- Beppe di Marco
Infobox EastEnders character 2
character_name=Beppe di Marco
23 July 1970
29 January 1998
4 June 2002
occupation= Club owner
father=Giuseppe di Marco
Rosa di Marco
Bruno di Marco
Luisa di Marco
Gianni di Marco
Teresa di Marco Nicky di Marco
Sandra di Marco
Joe di Marco
Luca di Marco
uncles=Franco di Marco
Beppe di Marco was a
fictional characterin the popular BBC soap opera" EastEnders". He was played by Michael Greco.
Beppe was his family's pride and joy, so it was a big shock to them when he was fired from the police force for attempting to frame local hardman Grant Mitchell. Beppe was the local heart-throb and he had numerous relationships in
Albert Square, which all ended in disaster.
Beppe first appeared when George Palmer and
Peggy Mitchellattended his father's funeral in January 1998. He moved to Albert Square in February 1998, with the rest of his family: mother Rosa, brother Gianni and sisters Teresa and Nicky. Beppe's family came to Walfordto open an Italian restaurant, and he had built himself a successful career in the police force, progressing through the ranks to the Vice squad.
Upon his arrival, Beppe instantly clashed with the Mitchell brothers, Phil and Grant, who were known to dabble on the wrong side of the law and were seen by Beppe as trouble makers. Beppe's animosity towards Grant, in particular, increased when he struck up a close friendship with Grant's abused wife Tiffany. It wasn't long before Beppe had fallen in love with Tiffany and was urging her to leave Grant to be with him. Tiffany decided to do this after she caught Grant in bed with her mother Louise and she packed her bags ready to flee Walford with Grant's daughter Courtney. However, just as Tiffany was about to leave, she fell down the stairs, leaving everyone to suspect that Grant had pushed her. Beppe was furious and arrested Grant for her attempted murder. He also coerced Tiffany, who was recovering in hospital, to pretend that Grant had pushed her in order to keep him locked up. Tiffany did this, but her conscience got the better of her and she later wrote a letter exonerating her husband of any wrong doing and instructed her best friend, Bianca, to hand it to the police after she'd fled Walford for a second time. However, before she could leave, she was accidentally killed in a car accident, whilst trying to reclaim her child from Grant, who had been released on bail that same day. Since Tiffany had been on the verge of eloping with Beppe at the time, he never forgave Grant, and when he got his hands on the letter that exonerated him, Beppe decided to burn it instead of seeing his enemy cleared. Beppe was subsequently kicked off the force for withholding evidence and police misconduct.
Now out of work, Beppe got a job as a cab driver working for Barry Evans and later embarked on a stormy relationship with Grant's little sister Sam Mitchell. Sam seemed to take the relationship more seriously than Beppe, and she became extremely jealous of his platonic friendship with his flatmate
Nina Harris, so their relationship didn't last long.
In 2000, Beppe became a partner with
Steve Owenand took on management of his nightclub The E20. His police contacts came in handy soon after when drugs were found in his club and he managed to persuade them to turn a blind eye.
Also in 2000, Beppe's estranged wife Sandra resurfaced, hoping to gain access to their son Joe. Although she was met with hostility at first, she and Beppe soon began to grow closer and eventually rekindled their romance, much to Beppe's family's disgust. Because of his ties, he also decided to stay in Walford when the rest of his family left the Square and moved to
Leicester. Beppe was still madly in love with Sandra and he soon began pressurising her to have more children. The suggestion was met with hostility from Sandra and she flatly refused. Soon after, Beppe's old vice-squad partner, Jack Robbins, arrived in Albert Square looking for Sandra. It turned out that Sandra had been involved with Jack for years before her reappearance in Walford. She had left him following a miscarriagethat left her unable to have children. Sandra tried to deny her feelings for Jack, but eventually she admitted that she was still in love with him and had only reconciled with Beppe so she could get custody of her son again. She and Jack reignited their romance and Sandra made plans to flee Walford with Jack and Joe. However, Beppe caught them just as they were about to leave and when he realised what was going on he attacked Jack, took Joe back and denied Sandra any access. Sandra and Jack subsequently threatened to take Beppe to court for custody of Joe. Beppe retaliated by using his police contacts to plant drugs on Jack, getting him kicked from the force. The constant rowing was having a negative effect on Joe and he found it difficult to choose between his warring parents. This culminated in him getting hit by a car when he disobeyed his father and ran across the road to be with his mother. Joe was not seriously hurt, but the accident made his parents rethink their behaviour. Beppe eventually allowed Sandra visitation rights and so she left Walford with Jack the following year.
In 2002, before Steve was killed in a car accident, Beppe bought out his share of the 20 and became sole owner of the club, which was a massive shock to Steve's wife Mel, as she had been led to believe that she was the sole owner. During this period, Beppe spent much of his time bedding anonymous women and dumping them when he got bored. He even ended up contracting a minor
STD. Beppe became close to Lynne Slater, who would regularly baby sit for Joe whilst he was working, and she helped point out the error of his womanising ways. Beppe soon fell for Lynne and made an ill-fated attempt to stop her from marrying her cheating fiancée, Garry Hobbs, but although Lynne was tempted, she went ahead with the marriage.
In 2002, Beppe had news that his mother had died of a heart-attack, which prompted him to sell his club to
Sharon Wattsand leave Walford to tend to his grieving family.
In popular culture
The character of Beppe di Marco has been spoofed in the
cartoon sketch show" 2DTV".
He was said to be in the womanising circuit with comedian
Russell Brandon the last series of " Big Brother's Big Mouth" in 2006.
he is also well known for his well sculpted beard.
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