My character Tracy Beaker changed the world. I hope she will again | Dani Harmer

The books and our BBC series made such a difference to young people. Seeing how Tracy copes as a modern mother will be intriguing

I get asked all the time what I think Tracy Beaker is up to now and never really have an answer. I grew up with Tracy, playing her in the BBC TV series The Story of Tracy Beaker from the age of 12 to 16, and then again from when I was 19 in Tracy Beaker Returns – when she comes back as a care worker. We explored the first kiss situation together, and so much else. Like so many of her age, she had a wild imagination, and lots of crazy scenarios in her head.

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