DANI Harmer has teased a second series of My Mum Tracy Beaker, and relishes the opportunity to play an iconic female character.
The first episode of the brand new CBBC drama hits screens today, which sees Tracy’s epic transformation from the animated and stroppy care kid to loving mum of 11-year-old Jess.
The actress, 32, spoke exclusively to The Sun Online and gave viewers hope of the possibility of a second instalment.
Dani teased: “Who knows what the future may hold, I think it was great to go back and see how Tracy and Jess are and what they are up too next, so watch this space.”
A fresh-faced Dani first burst on to our screens as Tracy in 2002 in The Story of Tracy Beaker and became a household name for her wild imagination and love of breaking the rules in the care home known as The Dumping Ground.
After being considered a bad role model by parents on the show, almost 20 years later Tracy is now all grown up and has turned that perception around on her journey through motherhood.
A thrilled Dani, who is pleased for a new generation of fans to see Tracy Beaker in action, commented: “I’m so excited, the fact that it’s actually going to be out there in the world for all to see I can’t wait, I’m super proud of it. There are so many twists and turns, so I hope everyone tunes in at 5pm and enjoys it.”
Dani revealed she is proud to be able to play such a legendary persona, especially as there were not many characters like Tracy on screen when she was growing up.
The 2012 Strictly Come Dancing finalist shared: “When I was younger, there weren't many iconic female characters around, so to be able to be one is pretty, pretty special.”
When asked how she would like her alter-ego to be remembered, Harmer added: “I think the character will always be remembered.
“I hope everyone remembers how strong she is as a female, but she also has a heart of gold so I’m hoping the character will always be remembered fondly.”
2021 marks 30 years since Jacqueline Wilson’s The Story of Tracy Beaker hit the shelves and Dani described meeting Jacqueline for the first time like meeting royalty.
She gushed: “She’s a lovely lady, I can’t sing her praises enough. I was the biggest fan of Jacqueline Wilson, I read all her books, so when the part came up I was super excited when I heard it was one of Jacqueline Wilson’s books they were adapting.
“I remember meeting her for the first time on set of the first series which was 20 years ago and it was literally like meeting the Queen, I was so excited and we were on our best behaviour all day.
She continued: “She’s the nicest lady on the planet and she has time for absolutely everyone, we’ve seen each other on and off for the last 20 years and we’ve done some really cool and interesting stuff.”
The highly-anticipated My Mum Tracy Beaker sees some old faces return such as arch-nemesis Justine Littlewood (Montanna Thompson) and foster mum Cam (Lisa Coleman), who Dani was delighted to see again, especially as she revealed she had not seen them for a decade.
The mother-of-one was delighted to reconnect with them and tell a new chapter in the Tracy Beaker story and an elated Dani hopes fans understand how great a mum Tracy is.
“I think they will realise how selfless she is, she is working super hard to keep a roof over both of their heads,” she explained.
“This isn’t an airy-fairy fairytale this is real life and life has struggles and that is what we wanted to portray.”
“Tracy doesn’t let her past get in her way; she just wants to give her daughter absolutely everything she never had.”
My Mum Tracy Beaker, Friday 12th February at 5pm on CBBC and BBC iPlayer (day one drop of all 3 episodes on iPlayer)
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