Beatrice Russell
The Wire Officer Russell
First appearance "Ebb Tide" (episode 2.01)
Last appearance "-30-" (episode 5.10)
Reason/Cause End of season
Occupation Police port officer
Aliases Beadie
Gender Female
Age 30s
Spouse Unseen ex-husband
Jimmy McNulty (Boyfriend)
Children Two
Relatives Jack (Son)
Cary (Daughter)
Kill Count None
Episode Count 21 episodes
Portrayed by Amy Ryan

Beatrice "Beadie" Russell is a fictional character on the HBO drama The Wire, played by actress Amy Ryan.


She was featured prominently in the second season, after she discovered thirteen corpses in a container on the Baltimore docks.

Character storylineEdit

Russell started working as a port authority officer because she needed the pay to support her two young children after her husband abandoned them. She found the job unchallenging and spent most of her time patrolling the docks and checking shipping manifests. She developed a friendly working relationship with many of the stevedores, including Frank Sobotka.

Season TwoEdit

In season two, Russell notices a broken customs seal on a container while on patrol and searches the container, finding a hidden compartment filled with thirteen dead bodies. She is briefly the primary investigator until Officer Jimmy McNulty intervened (for his own reasons), getting the case reassigned to the city Homicide Unit. Russell is subsequently detailed to Homicide to aid in the investigation. Initially she shows her lack of experience and street knowledge, but she develops some latent talent for police work while working alongside veteran homicide detectives Bunk Moreland and Lester Freamon.

Russell moves into Lieutenant Daniels' detail after he agrees to investigate the bodies, where she soon fends off an awkward advance from Herc. Her home life makes it difficult for her to work the long hours necessary for the investigation, but she perseveres. She connects with detective Kima Greggs while discussing the balance of a mother's responsibilities and the dangers inherent in their work, and enjoys flirting with McNulty both during work and while drinking after hours. McNulty visits Beadie's house one night, but he feels uncomfortable with the presence of family photos and children's toys, and leaves before a more intimate relationship develops.

Russell's familiarity with the people and organization of the port proves invaluable to the investigation. She taps Maui, an old boyfriend in Frank Sobotka's union, to find out more about illegal activity in the port. Although Maui does not directly give her any information, his suggestion that all the information the Police need is on the port's computer leads the detail to clone the port's container traffic computer system, allowing them to monitor all traffic on and off of ships.

When a suspicious Sobotka sends out a truck carrying normal goods to test the waters, Russell inadvertently tips the investigation's hand by having her colleagues in the port authority stop it. Frank later checks with other port officers who tell him she is still working with the detail, contrary to what she previously told him, and confirming his suspicions that he is being investigated. Despite these mis-steps, Russell gains the respect of the officers in the Sobotka detail. At the end of their investigation, when the focus shifts past Sobotka, Russell is entrusted with following Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos to a key meeting with The Greek. She comes through, delivering the location of the meeting, and enables the surveillance crew to get a photograph of Vondas and his lawyer.

Russell is able to convince Frank Sobotka to inform on The Greek once a strong case is built against him. Her emotional offer of a deal has Frank ready to give up everything he knows in order to help his family. However, Frank is murdered before he can make an official statement and the Sobotka case is forced to end prematurely. With several arrests made and the murder of the girls solved, Beadie returns to her work at the Port.

Season Three/Season FourEdit

In Season three, McNulty is reminded of Russell and, feeling his life is missing something, he reinitiates their relationship and returns to beat police work. By season four, the two are living together and McNulty has overcome many of his personal demons (which he credits to Beadie's influence). Beadie's children Jack and Cary have become fond of McNulty, even referring to him as just "McNulty". Beadie has now dyed her hair blonde.

Season FiveEdit

By the first episode of season 5, Jimmy McNulty is lying about late nights at work to cover his drinking and womanising. Despite leaving him briefly, the two are reconciled by the end of the season: she is last seen sitting with McNulty on her doorstep watching the moon, with her head on his shoulder.

Police Detectives & Officers

Jimmy McNulty - Kima Greggs - Bunk Moreland - Lester Freamon - Ellis Carver - Herc Hauk - Roland Pryzbylewski -Leander Sydnor - Beadie Russell - Kenneth Dozerman - Michael Crutchfield - Ed Norris - Eddie Walker - Michael Sentangelo - Bobby Brown - Lloyd Garrick - Caroline Massey - Ray Cole - Vernon Holley