Current main characters
Michael "Mike" Milligan
- Played by: Connor Byrne
- Played by: Stacy Liu
- Played by: Miles Butler-Hughton
- 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.
- Played by: Kia Pegg
- Big Brother Bully: Her brother Kingsley was one.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Hates Baths: Only in her introductory episode.
- Mouthy Kid
- Sore Loser: She gets too mad when a game doesn't go in her favour.
- Tomboy: Likes listening to rock music and watching football.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Chocolate biscuits
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tyler.
- Played by: Sarah Rayson
- 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"
- Deliberately Cute Child: Can use her sweet looks to get what she wants.
- Enfante Terrible: Not the sweetest girl around as she blackmails Harry into giving her his Iconic Item, Jeff the giraffe, in her first episode.
- Fiery Redhead
- 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.
- Played by: Lewis G. Hamilton
- Alliterative Name
- Big Brother Instinct: Whenever he's not up to his devious ways he starts to develop a good relationship with Harry. He also is very protective of his sister.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- The Chessmaster
- False Friend
- Faux Affably Evil
- Manipulative Bastard
- Xanatos Speed Chess: As soon as he realises Tee was recording his conversation, he switches tactics immediately. And it works.
- Xanatos Gambit: His plan to get his own room.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a fear of dogs, as revealed during Mischief's arrival.
- Played by: Nelly Currant
- Always Identical Twins
- Gender-Blender Name: Apparently their mother thought she and her sister would be boys
- Jerkass: Downplayed. She can be quite mean to her sister.
- Single-Minded Twins: She and Billie invoked on this by pulling a prank on some of the boys saying how they were telepathic.
- Zany Scheme: Is often involved in one with Floss.
- Played by: Gwen Currant
- Played by: Ruben Reuter
- Played by: Annabelle Davis
- Played by: Hannah Moncur
- Big Brother Worship: Inverted, Chloe is the harshest on Ryan in the DG.
- Played by: Yousef Naseer
- Played by: Jethro Baliba
- Played by: Alexander Aze
- Played by: Carma Hylton
- Played by: Connor Lawson
Former main characters
- Played by: John Bell
Liam O' Donovan
- Played by: Richard Wisker
- The Cast Show Off: In his one-off appearance in The Dumping Ground, Richard Wisker shows off his guitar and singing ability.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Frank
- Moses in the Bulrushes: He was left at the steps of a hospital.
- Put on a Bus
- The Bus Came Back: For an episode of The Dumping Ground
- Team Dad: Despite the 'Bad Boy' image he creates, he cares for all the residents in the Dumping Ground, especially when things get tough.
- Played by: Dani Harmer
- 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
- Played by: Saffron Coomber
- Played by: Noah Marullo
- Asperger's Syndrome. He holds the record for first person to bring very real issues into the plot - most notably "Someone has an Iconic Item: what about leaving all your possessions in a fire?" and "saying put down for a dog is just a euphemism for killing". Plus his Aspergers, and the fact that he's just been fostered by a gay couple.
- Inter Generational Friendship: With Mike
- Brutal Honesty
- Has Two Mommies: Ronnie and Dawn
- Limited Wardrobe: He is always wearing a black shirt and beige trousers and his wardrobe is literally filled with only this style of clothing, though this is justified due to his aspergers syndrome.
- Put on a Bus: In the first season of The Dumping Ground
- Schedule Fanatic
- Super OCD
- Played by: Kay Purcell
Mandy "Elektra" Perkins
- Played by: Jessica Revell
- Berserk Button: Just don't touch her hair.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears between season 1 and 2 of The Dumping Ground. One can assume that she was able to move closer to her sister as mentioned in an episode.
- Deadpan Snarker
- False Friend: To Faith in The Dumping Ground opener.
- Faux Affably Evil: Whilst not evil, she is a bitch but can be very polite if she wants to convince someone.
- Hidden Depths: Elektra's parents reveal that she used to be a vegetarian and fought for 'meat is murder'
- Also reacts very strongly to homophobia.
- In the background of her room, you can see a pride flag.
- Manipulative Bitch: Elektra is the biggest one in the series.
- Played by: 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
- Played by: Daniel Pearson
- 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.
- Played by: Leanne Dunstan
- 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 PollyannaI 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.
- Played by: Chris Slater
- 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.
- Played by: Joe Maw
- 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.
- Put on a Bus: To the army midway through Season 3.
- Villainous Friendship: Whenever he teams up with Elektra.
- Played by: 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.
- Played by: Amy-Leigh Hickman
- Break the Cutie: After her stuff gets nicked at Burnywood
- Broken Bird: Series 1: Happy girl in pink. Series 2: Slightly less happy...
- Cheerful Child: Only in season one of Tracy Beaker Returns
- Expy: Very much like Louise. Often split between two friends (Lily and Elektra/Tee).
- The pink is a dead giveaway.
- The Fashionista: Her passion? Fashion.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Her and Lily.
- Honorary Aunt: To Lily's sisters, Poppy and Rosie.
- It's All About Me
- Mood-Swinger: From about TBR series 3, she can either be really nice and understanding or a total bitch.
- Never My Fault
- Parental Neglect: Her reason for being in care, her mum cares for her just put herself first too often.
- Pink Means Feminine
- Put on a Bus: To live in a flat with Tee when they get too old to stay.
- Vanity Is Feminine
- Played by: Mia McKenna-Bruce
- 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.
Anthony "Mo" Michaels
- Played by: Reece Buttery
- Bungling Inventor: His defining trait.
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: His parents are actually his grandparents.
- Friend to All Living Things
- The Heart
- Nice Guy: He truly is
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Anthony.
- Put on a Bus: Goes back to live with his grandparents between S4 and 5 of TDG
- Played by: Kasey McKellar
- Attention Whore
- Can't Take Criticism
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not hard to make him angry.
- Ineffectual Loner: At first, many of the care kids were pushed away by his cocky attitude.
- Jerkass: Before he Took a Level in Kindness.
- Morality Pet: The dog, Mischief
- Odd Friendship: With Mo.
- Parental Abandonment: His dad is quite fickle which is why he was taken into care.
- Pet the Dog: After he invites Mo to the water park with him after he helped him with his reading/writing.
- Put on a Bus: To America with a football scholarship.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Very convinced of his football abilities, and won't hesitate to tell you.
- Played by: Akuc Bol
- Berserk Button: Bringing up her past as a thief
- Deadpan Snarker
- Happily Ever After: Pretty much says being reunited with her dad and brother is this.
- Only Sane Man: She's not as quirky or self-centered like most of the other kids.
- Put on a Bus: To Denmark to be reunited with her dad and brother.
- Primal Fear: Not a big fan of heights.
- The Tramp: Until she gets taken into Ashdene Ridge.
- Younger Than They Look
Notable other characters and pets
Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 1
- Played by: Lisa Coleman
- Good Parents: To Tracy
Rosie and Poppy Kettle
- Played by: Katie Anderson (Poppy), Claudia Colling (Rosie S1) and Millie Redfearn (Rosie S2&3)
- Happily Adopted: Poppy and Rosie see the Perrys as their parents.
- Satellite Character: Their backstory revolves around Lily, and every drama about them results in Lily's development.
Matt and Christie Perry
- Played by: Chris Robson and Vicki Perry
- 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.
- Played by: Neil Armstrong
Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 2
Ade and Dayo
- Played by: Timi Lamikanra (Ade) and Mohammed Mansaray (Dayo)
- Played by: Ben Cartwright
Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 3
- Played by: Lauren Mote
- Bad "Bad Acting": Her supposed "Panic attack".
- Gold Digger: Is attracted to the boys who have money.
- Manipulative Bitch: Second only to Elektra.
- Played by: Eleni Foskett
- 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
- Played by: James Gahadas
- Played by: Calum Callaghan (2012) and Chris Finch (2014)
- Played by: Angela Terence
- Extreme Doormat: To her mother
Introduced The Dumping Ground Season 1
- Played by: Holly Quinn-Ankrah
Kingsley Jackson (David Avery)
- Big Brother Bully: To Jody
Diane Jackson (Victoria Alcock)
- Extreme Doormat: To her son
Introduced The Dumping Ground Season 3
Matt and Stephanie Branston
- Played by: Charlie Brooks (Stephanie) and Stuart Manning (Matt)
- Played by: Kiki Brooks-Truman
Introduced in The Dumping Ground Season 4
- Played by: Roderick Gilkison
- Replacement Flat Character: Plays the same role as Mo before his character development.
Introduced in The Dumping Ground Season 5
- Played by: Simon Ludders
Janet Umbleby (Alison Pargeter)
Edward Umbleby (Jaimie Boubezari)
Mr. HamsterLily's hamster. Handed over to Toby. Back to Tee after Toby left.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Has ceased to be mentioned after the first season of The Dumping Ground, which may imply that he died
- Team Pet
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