Baz appears easy-going but is prone to mood swings and
fits of temper. Dad Owen, a taxi driver, has bipolar disorder
which makes him violent if it's not controlled. Mum left
because of his illness and was greatly resented by her
children. Baz is sick of the constant worry his father's
condition brings and would give anything for a "normal
life". Gossip about Baz has always been rife but
he's determined not to let it bother him.
Things seem to be looking up for Baz. Not only is his
dad on the mend but Annie has gone to live with mum.
Baz's love life is also running smoothly - he's celebrating
a year together with Holly, but the cloud of Donnie
is always on the horizon...
CAUSE OF DEATH: Hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy, diagnosed posthumously.
Year 9 Baz is determined
to keep his dad's mental illness a secret. Because he
won't speak up, rumours spread that he's dealing and his
relationship with Maddie ends. He believes that if Dad
takes his medicine, things will be OK, but Baz endures
a savage beating and Maddie suspects Mr Wainwright is
responsible. Annie eventually confesses all to Maddie;
this results in Dad beating Baz senseless. While Baz fights
for life in hospital, Annie blames Maddie for his predicament.
Year 10: Mr Wainwright locks himself in the
toilet; Baz calls the social worker who gets Dad sectioned.
Annie is furious with him. Baz is furious when Mum turns
up out of the blue to look after them but rather than
live with her new family, Baz and Annie put themselves
in foster care. Home pressures interfere with Baz and
Maddie's relationship and Baz is devastated when she
finishes with him.
Year 11: Baz can't live without Maddie but she
rejects his plea for another go. A series of rows erupt
between the pair and Maddie plays Taylor off against Baz.
Spencer and Baz rescue Alex from his suicide attempt.
Baz finds out about Annie's credit card and tries to help
her return the stolen laptop - only to be caught by Mrs
Year 12: Holly dumps Baz when she learns about
his personal life. He turns his attentions to Tanya;
Donnie goads him into going as far as he can but Tanya
doesn't feel ready. Martin tells Baz he's changed for
the worse under Donnie's influence; the year ends with
signs of a possible reconciliation with Holly.
Year 13: The year starts on a high with Baz and
Holly approaching their first anniversary together. But
Holly becomes jealous when he becomes friendly with Anna,
who Togger has also asked out. On the football pitch,
an enraged Togger fells Baz with a tackle but he fails
to get up. Mr McDonnell performs CPR but is unable to
revive him. Baz is found to have died from hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy, the school goes into mourning and best
mate Donnie vows revenge.