Gwen Russell is a friend of Penny Golightly. She arrived in Beckindale with David Reece following an invite from Penny to stay at the Millhouse with her. The millhouse owner Jack Sugden was not best happy that Gwen bought a friend with her. Jack let David stay but then laid down a few house rules. During Gwen and David's stay in Beckindale, David was taken advantage of by Nicholas Phelps, so in June 1973, Gwen and David returned to Wales.