Characters: Tracy Beaker Returns

     Care workers 

Tracy Beaker (Dani Harmer)

Forced into working at the Dumping Ground to earn the money she stole from Cam to publish her life-story.

  • Curtains Match the Window: She has curly brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Happily Adopted: When she was a child, she used to dream about this all the time, then Cam came along.
  • The Napoleon: Tracy isn't that tall but she has a huge mouth to compensate.
  • Parental Neglect: We see her real mother in Tracy's flashbacks leaving her on her own while she is sick to go out with her boyfriend, forgetting to pick her up from kindergarden and, of course, leaving her at the Dumping Ground.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother left her at the orphanage when Tracy was five.
  • Team Mom: She ends up becoming this to the children

Mike Milligan (Connor Byrne)

The Head Careworker at the Dumping Ground

Gina Conway (Kay Purcell)

Pretty much Jenny with her and Mike's roles reversed. When she began to trust Tracy more (series 2 onward) she chilled out a bit, and became more like Duke (a friendly, humourous face who cooks).


Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 1

Carmen Howle (Amy-Leigh Hickman)

Half-Spanish fashionista whose mother left her locked in the house to go to Spain with her boyfriend.

Frank Matthews (Chris Slater)

Liam's best friend whose Grandad became too ill to look after him.

  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Liam
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Season 2 of The Dumping Ground
  • Took a Level in Badass: Series 1: Liam's best friend with cerebral palsy. Series 2: Slightly broken after losing his grandad. Series 3: Loses his love and best friend, turning into an Anti-Hero determined to save his only chance at an emotional tie.

Gus Carmichael (Noah Marullo)

Harry Jones (Philip Graham Scott)

  • Iconic Item: His stuffed animal Jeff the giraffe.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't speak much - possibly rooted in psychological issues - or just not trusting the actor with many lines.

Johnny Taylor (Joe Maw)

Tee's older brother with dominance and arrogance issues.

Liam O' Donovan (Richard Wisker)

Lily Kettle (Jessie Williams)

  • Born Lucky: Subverted in a strange sense. Even though loads of unlucky things such as her mum dying and being separated from her sisters. She gets fostered by Cam, with no prompting and was initially fostered after only being in care for a few months. Reconciles with her dad and is allowed to live with him.
  • Drop-In Character: After she moves in with her dad.
  • Foreshadowing: When her and her sisters are leaving to get fostered, Lily doesn't allow Matt and Christy to hold their hands. Foreshadowing to the fact, Lily tries to take over looking after Poppy and Rosie.
  • Karma Houdini: Johnny gets knocked about by saying that homosexual couples shouldn't be allowed to foster. However, Lily had the same views but doesn't get any comeuppance.
  • Promotion to Parent: Surrogate mum to her little sisters - had problems handing over control to a foster parent, but not to her dad. It is eventually ruins her chance of being happily fostered with the Perry's.
  • Put on a Bus: To live down south with her dad and Shannay

Poppy Kettle (Katie Anderson)

Lily's other baby sister.

  • Satellite Character: Her backstory revolves around Lily, and every drama about her results in Lily's development.

Rosie Kettle (Claudia Colling in S1, Millie Redfearn in S2 onwards)

Lily's sister.

  • Satellite Character: Her backstory revolves around Lily, and every drama about her results in Lily's development.

Sapphire Fox (Saffron Coomber)

Rocker's daughter who is unwanted by him.

  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Drop-In Character: After she moves out of the Dumping Ground when se's 16.
  • Put on a Bus: Like Toby she disappears off-screen, this time in-between Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground. She apparently lives too far away now.

Tee Taylor (Mia Mc Kenna-Bruce)

Johnny's sister

  • Don't Split Us Up: She hates being seperated from Johnny.
  • The Heart: the most empathetic member of the DG. Goes gooey over animals and is supportive and friendly to everybody.
  • Older Than They Look: Tee is supposed to be 13 by the second season of The Dumping Ground, but her actress Mia Mc Kenna Bruce is 17.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Her kind nature is put to the test when she takes pity on Mo and he becomes really clingy. When she eventually snaps at him, he ends up in the hospital.

Toby Coleman (John Bell)

A comics nerd of Scottish descent whose parents died in a car crash.

Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 2

Mandy "Elektra" Perkins (Jessica Revell)

Former gang member.

Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 3

Rick Barber (Daniel Pearson)

From Burnywood.

  • Comically Missing the Point: in the episode "The Invitation" it is revealed that Rick is against the Queen because his parents are in prison in 'Her Majesty's Pleasure' and doesn't realise that it's only in name.
  • Ship Tease: With Carmen
  • Put on a Bus: Between Seasons 2 and 3 of The Dumping Ground, he presumably moved back with his parents or was too old to stay.

Tyler Lewis (Miles Butler-Hughton)

Prankster from Burnywood.

  • The Prankster: Originally his defining trait, it has been downplayed in The Dumping Ground.
  • Villain Ball: He's originally introduced as the boy who stole Carmen's stuff when she went to Burnywood. However, in the rest of his appearances he don't appear the type to maliciously steal someone's stuff.

Jody Jackson (Kia Pegg)

Introduced The Dumping Ground Season 1

Faith Davis (Leanne Dunstan)

New girl at the Dumping Ground. Secretive about her past. The whereabouts of her parents are unknown. At first lived with her brother Razz and her grandmother. Then her grandmother died and Razz vanished, joining a gang, leaving her to fend for herself in her flat. She ended up in a care when a teacher reported her situation to the authorities.

  • Big Good: is generally the friendliest, most supportive member of the DG that kids can turn to.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: After she suffers an accident in the second season of The Dumping Ground, which temporarily puts her in a wheelchair. She becomes the cynic, until Frank talks to her as he has had to live with being disabled every day of his life.
  • Guile Hero: tends to lie to people and assume false identities for the greater good.
    • Pretends to be Gina to Gina's senile mother to keep her safe
    • Pretends to be a support care worker in order to get rid of the real, bitchy support care worker
    • Makes up an illness and hints at horrible consequences to persuade Tyler and Jodie to stop hoofing down junk food
    • Goes along with Gus' BSOD imaginings when he threatens to use the grenade even though he's delusional
  • The Pollyanna
    Faith: I don't believe in negative thinking
  • Promotion to Parent: To the YP in the Season 4 opener.
  • Put on a Bus: Between Seasons 2 and 3 of The Dumping Ground, she was presumably too old to continue living at Ashdene Ridge
  • Token Minority: Lampshaded in What Would Gus Want? when Johnny is being homophobic.

Floss Guppy (Sarah Rayson)

Another new girl and the youngest kid in the Dumping Ground.

  • Creepy Child: Immediately assumes that red liquid dripping from the ceiling is blood.
    I've always wanted to go to a funeral.
  • Day in the Limelight: In "Be My Girl"
  • Enfante Terrible: Not the sweetest girl around as she blackmails Harry into giving her his Iconic Item, Jeff the giraffe, in her first episode.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother left her in a nail bar
  • Retcon: A mild one, in her introductory episode Mike mentions that she has been hiding from her mother. Later on, it's established that her mother left her in a nail bar when she was 18 months old.
  • Sweet Tooth: A lot of her subplots tend to revolve around her wanting sweets someone else has.

Mo Michaels (Reece Buttery)

New boy in the Dumping Ground. Lived with his parents in a shed.

Introduced The Dumping Ground Season 2

Bailey Wharton (Kasey Mc Kellar)

Kazima Tako (Akuc Bol)

Introduced The Dumping Ground Season 2

Ryan Reeves (Lewis Hamilton)

Toni and Billie Trent (Nelly and Gwen Currant)

Finn (Ruben Reuter)

Sasha (Annabelle Davis)

     Notable other characters and pets 

Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 1

Cam Lawson (Lisa Coleman)

Matt and Christie Perry (Chris Robson and Vicky Hall)

Poppy and Rosie's foster parents

  • Jerkass Has a Point: Not trusting Tracy to take Poppy and Rosie out takes new meaning when you remember what Tracy did in Season 1.
  • My Beloved Smother: How Lily feels Christie is toward Poppy and Rosie
  • Parental Substitute: To Poppy and Rosie
  • Villain Ball: Christie in her appearance in TBR Season 3, she didn't want Poppy and Rosie to see Steve. Also, she is more argumentative.

Rob (Neil Armstrong)

Lily's and later Jody's social worker

Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 2

Ade and Dayo (Timi Lamikanra and Mohammed Mansaray)

Steve Kettle (Ben Cartwright)

Lily, Poppy and Rosie's father

Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 3

Lizanne (Lauren Mote)

From Burnywood. Started the fire.

Kitty (Eleni Foskett)

From Burnywood.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Something is wrong with her, non of the characters are really sure what is.
  • Does Not Like Being Touched
  • Put on a Bus: To a care home where they can handle her needs properly in between episodes 2 and 3 of the third season of Tracy Beaker Returns.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Many people thought that she would appear in the episode "Going Home", which people thought was about Tyler and Rick going back to Burneywood. However, that episode is about Elektra meeting her parents and her past is revealed and her sister Melissa finally gets her own life

Denis Stockle (James Gahadas)

Jack O'Donovan (Calum Callaghan, later Chris Finch)

Melissa Perkins (Angela Terence)

Introduced The Dumping Ground Season 1

Shannay (Holly Quinn-Ankrah)

Kingsley Jackson (David Avery)

Diane Jackson (Victoria Alcock)

Introduced The Dumping Ground Season 3

Matt Branston (Stuart Manning)

Stephanie Branston (Charlie Brooks)

Mr and Mrs Gordon (Grant Burgin and Tonya French)

Maude Gordon (Kiki Brooks-Truman)


Mr. Hamster

Lily's hamster. Handed over to Toby. Back to Tee after Toby left.

Shadow (ACTRESS: Connie the dog)

Frank's Morality Pet and new friend.

  • Berserk Button: Frank has just lost all his friends and relations. So he makes sure Shadow doesn't die.
  • Put on a Bus: Down South with Lily

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