Teresa Bell Krista
'Tess' Bell 1999-2001
Marital Status: Brendan Bell (died 2000)
Family Tree: Bell
Occupation: Teacher at Erinsborough High School
Tess to her friends, came to Erinsborough for a job interview.
When Susan hired her as the
new English teacher at the school, she also struck up a friendship
with her, inviting her to dinner. Very little was known about
Teresa's private life, apart from her having a husband, Brendan.
events on Millennium Eve left Tess relying on Susan, as her
only good friend in Erinsborough. Still in her nightgown,
Tess arrived in Ramsay Street, in the middle of their street
party, looking for Susan. She had a cut on her face and had
just admitted to Susan that Brendan was responsible when Anne
Wilkinson burst in, telling them that Number 26 was on
offered to help out Tess, offering her a room for the night.
The next day, Tess told Susan a little about her marriage
and about Brendan's mind games. She explained that she got
the job at Erinsborough High as part of an effort to gain
some independence, knowing that soon the day would come when
she'd have to leave her husband. Susan sympathised and offered
to help Tess collect some of her things from home. When Tess
found that Brendan had changed the locks, she quickly showed
what she was made of when she simply picked up a rock and
smashed a window. Unfortunately, Brendan came home while Susan
and Tess were there. He acted very calmly, even when Tess
repeatedly told him she wouldn't be coming home. However,
Susan wasn't fooled by Brendan, and helped Tess set up home
at Number 32, after speaking to Philip.
wasn't about to allow Tess to just up and leave. He followed
her to Ramsay Street and watched her. But Tess quickly made
friends in the street, with Anne Wilkinson moving in with
her after tiring of lodging with Amy
Greenwood's family. While Tess had made it clear to everyone
that Brendan was a violent and unpredictable man, he wormed
his way into other people's affections, making them wonder
if Tess wasn't just overreacting. He explained to Susan that
Tess' mother had only died last year and that she was still
recovering from that and had a tendency to over-react to situations.
However, Brendan was spending a lot of time abroad due to
his work and kept away from Tess for quite a while after this,
lulling her into a false sense of security. When he suddenly
arrived one day with flowers for Tess, she was taken in. The
next day, the kids at school were surprised to see her wearing
the same clothes as she'd had on the previous day.
Anne left to attend Dawber University, Tess' colleague Daniel
Fitzgerald came to stay for a short time while repairs were
done on his house. Tess grew close to Daniel, especially as
she became more estranged from Brendan. However, she still
felt nervous about how Brendan would react to her living with
another man, and her worries grew when she ran into Trevor,
a friend of Brendan's. As Brendan returned to town, Tess found
herself sharing an unexpected kiss with him, confusing her
further. When Brendan's car wouldn't start one evening after
dinner, she allowed him to sleep on her sofa. Tess' friends
Susan, Libby and Steph
were not impressed with her falling back into Brendan's arms,
but she was beginning to convince herself that she could work
things out with her husband.
Tess made a conscious decision to ask Brendan to stay the
night with her and confessed to Susan that things were really
starting to feel like the early days of the marriage. Susan
warned Tess to be careful. Brendan then took the plunge and
asked Tess to move back into their marital home, leading to
Steph strongly voicing her concerns and causing a big falling
out between the two friends. Meanwhile, Susan witnessed Brendan
shouting at Michelle and
Paul for nearly knocking him
down on their bikes in the street. Susan's suspicions were
immediately aroused. Brendan left Tess to contemplate his
question while he went away to Papua New Guinea on business.
Brendan returned unexpectedly from his business trip and came
to see Tess, he found out from neighbour Toadie
that Tess was out clubbing with her friend Daniel. Brendan
threw his flowers to the ground and sped off out of the street.
At the same time, Libby and Steph were returning from a weekend
away on Steph's bike, and it was also a very rainy evening.
As Brendan pulled out from behind a bus, he failed to see
the bike coming towards him and they collided. Tess rushed
to the hospital, feeling terrible about what had happened
to her friends and husband. Brendan explained to Tess that
it was an accident, but Toadie explained to her about the
incident in Ramsay Street and she began to doubt Brendan's
story. As Tess realised that it was all Brendan's fault, he
begged for her forgiveness. While she struggled to cope with
what had happened and whether she could ever forgive Brendan,
she heard that he had suddenly and unexpectedly died of a
massive heart attack.
struggled to mend bridges with her friends and neighbours
- especially as the accident resulted in Libby being unable
to have children. However, people realised that it wasn't
Tess' fault and she was as much a victim as anyone.
little while later, Daniel Fitzgerald asked once more if he
could stay with Tess. She agreed to him moving in, along with
his pet lizard, Barney. Tess was thrilled to have him living
with her again, but found herself confused as she grew more
and more attracted to him. She felt that she couldn't enter
into another relationship so soon after Brendan's death. When
Daniel admitted to Tess that there was someone he had fallen
for, she assumed he was talking about her and was about to
admit that she felt the same way. However, Daniel was referring
to Steph and Tess could only watch as he went out on a date
with her. Tess realised her attraction to Daniel was never
going to be requited and told him she was moving out. His
relationship with Steph fizzled out and he demanded to know
why Tess was leaving her own home. After Tess confessed all,
Daniel decided it would be easier for him to move out.
hoped that her next housemate would prove to be less stressful,
but she couldn't have been more wrong. When Dione
moved in, she began to cause havoc in Tess' methodical life.
Suddenly, Tess found her lounge room being used by Dee for
yoga and painting. Whenever Tess wanted to relax or do some
marking, she would find Dee had invited back friends and tidying
up certainly wasn't Dee's strongest point. Just as Tess was
reaching breaking point, Dee organised a surprise - she'd
redecorated the lounge room. Then, just as Tess had asked
Dee to move out, Dee suffered a trip at Lassiter's and sprained
her ankle, meaning she'd have to stay on for a while. This
gave Tess time to think and she finally agreed to Dee staying,
but with a few house rules thrown in.
a thank you, Dee organised a visit from Andre, a masseur,
who seemed to be interested in Tess. After arranging a date,
Tess was embarrassed to realise he only wanted English lessons.
However, it wasn't long before Tess met Richie Hampson, Lyn's
boss from Beauty Tree at a singles night. For once, Tess thought
she'd met the perfect man, however, it quickly became apparent
that Tess was only being used to make Richie look good at
corporate events and he was even blatant enough to offer her
the role of his escort.
Philip Martin decided to put Number 32 on the market, Tess
and Dee realised they'd be homeless, but, not wanting to leave,
they set about attempting to raise the cash to buy it. Unfortunately,
on the auction day, they were outbid by Evan
Hancock and so the pair set about finding new places to
live. As Dee moved into Number 30, Tess realised she didn't
want to go back to living in a student house - she'd been
there and done that. So, she looked further afield than Ramsay
Street and found a house-share with Ronnie Anderson. It later
appeared to be a mistake to introduce Ronnie to the people
of Ramsay Street, as she became obsessed with Drew
Kirk and was later revealed to be a missing person, having
vanished and changed her name after her husband (who bore
a striking resemblance to Drew) died.
spent many months listening to best friend Dee going on about
her on-off relationship with Darcy
Tyler, Tess began forming a friendship with him herself.
When Dee turned down tickets to the ballet from her boyfriend,
Tess agreed to go in her place. After returning from their
evening out, Darcy was quick to make a move on Tess as he
dropped her home and the pair shared a passionate kiss. Tess
was racked with guilt and spent a few days avoiding Darcy
and Dee, who was completely confused by her friend's odd behaviour.
Tess was shocked when she realised Dee was lending money to
Darcy and wanted to reveal all to her friend, but Darcy managed
to talk her out of it.
Darcy visited a lonely Tess on her birthday, she was thrilled,
but when Dee later arrived, in a desperate attempt to mend
their friendship, Tess was forced to get rid of Dee as quickly
as possible. This pretty much destroyed her friendship with
Tess and Dee quickly learnt the reason for her best friend's
odd behaviour. When Tess and Darcy were paired up at the fishing
contest, they decided to sneak off for some time alone. When
Dee later arrived, she found them kissing in the car, but
they didn't see her. So, Dee chose to expose them in public,
while Darcy was celebrating his new partnership with Karl,
she tipped a glass of champagne over Darcy's head and told
everyone what had been going on. Tess was humiliated and went
into hiding, splitting up with Darcy in the process.
however, wasn't to be beaten and turned up on her doorstep
one morning begging for forgiveness. She didn't want to know,
even when he proposed marriage to her. However, a chat with
Susan made her realise that life was too short to waste these
opportunities and so she changed her mind, shocking everyone
by accepting. When Darcy revealed to Tess his plans to take
over the surgery and make Karl unemployed, Tess began to have
her reservations, but the wedding plans continued. As the
wedding day got closer and closer, Dee realised she'd have
to try to stop her former best friend from marrying Darcy,
so she contacted Alice, Darcy's former girlfriend. Having
learnt that Darcy was not to be trusted, she headed over to
see Tess, armed with this information. Tess didn't want to
know and put it all down to jealousy. However, when Lyn came
over to do Tess' hair on the big day, she spoke about the
trust that was the foundation for her relationship with Joe.
Tess realised she had huge doubts and contacted Alice herself.
After having her worst fears confirmed, she decided she couldn't
go through with the wedding. She packed up her stuff and headed
over to see Dee. The pair finally resolved their differences
and Tess explained she was heading to Sydney, to visit her
family, then probably on to England, to get teaching work.
• When Teresa was first added to the opening titles in 1999,
she was accidentally billed as "Teressa" for one