Dani Harmer will be returning to the role of Tracy Beaker in a new BBC series, she’s all grown up now taking on the different challenges of life and being a mom.
Dani first played the role in 2002 when she was just 12 years old and now there are talks of its return but this time the former feisty Tracy Beaker is now a single mother to a 12-year-old daughter of her own.
Early next year will see Dani Harmer staring in the BBC iPlayer series titled ‘My Mum Tracy Beaker’, which sees Tracy raising her daughter named Jess.
Dani revealed how excited she is to be taking on the role of Tracy again in the upcoming series. Dani told The Sun: “I cannot wait to return (again) to the role of Tracy! I’m just like a fan myself and want to know what happens next and where this next journey will take her.”
“I absolutely adore playing the character and I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of portraying her as a first time mum.” – Dani added.
Dani, with her boyfriend Simon Brough, share a four-year-old named Avarie-Belle Betsy. With her life having changed as a mom she expressed how she was excited to know how Tracy has also grown since becoming a mother.
“Being a mother myself I know how much it changes you so I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s changed Tracy but still keeping her the same feisty strong female lead that people know and love.” – Dani added.
The series will be based on the book of ‘My Mum Tracy Beaker’ published in 2018 by the author Jacqueline Wilson and sees Tracy in everyday struggles as she tries to cope with a ‘tough’ housing estate in London.
Jacqueline revealed in 2018 that: “Tracy has been a character that’s haunted me, she’s the sort of person who sticks in your mind.”
“When I realised just how long ago it was since I wrote the first Tracy Beaker book, I thought ‘if we were in real time, Tracy herself would be in her 30s.” – Jacqueline said.
Jacqueline added: “And I’ve always thought that, even though Tracy had lots of problems in her life and a pretty rubbish mum who was never there for her, Tracy herself would be a good mum, no matter what.”
The story is told from Tracy’s daughter’s perspective and is aimed at both adults who loved the book and seven to 11-year-old children.
The plot has the family living on a ‘hand-to-mouth existence’ and when Tracy meets up with someone from her past and their ‘whole lives turn upside down’.
Tracy will always be remembered as a loud and mischievous 10-year-old, but her daughter turns out a bit different being ‘quieter, more timid, and worried about what other people think of her’.
It is said that executives are still on the look for a girl to take on the role of her daughter Jess.
It has still not been revealed whether the actresses’ old co-stars will be joining her in the new series on BBC, but having Dani Harmer and the show return has caused fans to be over the moon with excitement.