Characters / Tracy Beaker Returns

     Current main characters 

Care workers

Michael "Mike" Milligan (Connor Byrne)

The Head Careworker at the Dumping Ground

May-Li Wong (Stacy Liu)

A careworker introduced in The Dumping Ground series 2.


Tyler Lewis (Miles Butler-Hughton)

Prankster from Burnywood.

  • Messy Hair: In TBR series 3, his hair was fairly neat. But as The Dumping Ground goes on and the older he gets, it gets longer and messy as each season goes by.
  • The Prankster: Originally his defining trait, it has been downplayed in The Dumping Ground.
  • Screwy Squirrel: He always does pranks to mess with people, namely because it's his speciality. Some of the other kids watch this to their amusement.
  • 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.
  • Zany Scheme: Usually does this in the side plots.

Jody Jackson (Kia Pegg)

Floss Guppy (Sarah Rayson)

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

Ryan Reeves (Lewis Hamilton)

Toni Trent (Nelly Currant)

Billie Trent (Gwen Currant)

Finn McLaine (Ruben Reuter)

Sasha Bellman (Annabelle Davis)

Chloe Reeves (Hannah Moncur)

Joseph Stubbs (Yousef Naseer)

Archie Able (Jethro Baliba)

Candi-Rose (Carma Hylton)

Alex (Connor Lawson)

     Former main characters 

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

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).


Toby Coleman (John Bell)

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

Liam O' Donovan (Richard Wisker)

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.

Gus Carmichael (Noah Marullo)

Mandy "Elektra" Perkins (Jessica Revell)

Former gang member.

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 Perrys.
  • Put on a Bus: To live down south with her dad and Shannay

Rick Barber (Daniel Pearson)

From Burnywood.

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears between season 1 and 2 of The Dumping Ground, and is not mentioned by anyone.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: One of the more decent members of the DG
  • 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.

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
    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
    • The Bus Came Back: Faith returns for an episode in The Dumping Ground Season 3, she apparently is at uni.
  • Token Minority: Lampshaded in What Would Gus Want? when Johnny is being homophobic.

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
    • The Bus Came Back: During The Dumping Ground season 3 finale for a one-time appearance.
  • 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.

Johnny Taylor (Joe Maw)

Tee's older brother with dominance and anger issues.

  • Abusive Parents: Much more affected by their abusive almost-stepdad than Tee.
  • Big Brother Instinct: As much as he orders his sister around, if necessary, he'll do anything for her.
  • Control Freak: To his sister, Tee.
  • The Cynic
  • Don't Split Us Up: Averted, he wants Tee to be fostered alone when he finds out the parents only want her and not him.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He has known to have anger problems, although he learns to control it better as he grows older.
  • Jerkass
  • Put on a Bus: To the army midway through Season 3.
  • Villainous Friendship: Whenever he teams up with Elektra.

Harry Jones (Philip Graham Scott)

  • The Cutie
  • Happily Adopted: He later gets adopted by Lou and Ange.
  • Iconic Item: His stuffed animal Jeff the giraffe.
  • Put on a Bus: He left during TDG season three... then came back three episodes later after having problems with his foster family.
    • He later leaves for good in the second half of TDG Season 4.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't speak much - possibly rooted in psychological issues - or just not trusting the actor with many lines.
    • Now in the later series, he is not as quiet as he was before due to growing up and has many friends around his age.
  • Tagalong Kid: Throughout Tracy Beaker Returns, he was the youngest member of the DG.

Carmen Howle (Amy-Leigh Hickman)

Tee Taylor (Mia McKenna-Bruce)

Johnny's sister

  • Break the Cutie: When she was responsible for ruining the DG's holiday and everyone started going against her.
  • 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 McKenna Bruce is 17.
  • O.O.C. 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.
  • Put on a Bus: To live in a flat with Carmen when they get too old to stay.

Mo Michaels (Reece Buttery)

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

Bailey Wharton (Kasey McKellar)

Kazima Tako (Akuc Bol)

     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, none 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)

Introduced in The Dumping Ground Season 4

Sammy Doyle (Roderick Gilkison)

Introduced in The Dumping Ground Season 5

Peter Umbleby (Simon Ludders)

Janet Umbleby (Alison Pargeter)

Edward Umbleby (Jaimie Boubezari)


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


The Dumping Ground's new dog.