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Characters: Tracy Beaker Returns

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.
  • 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).

Liam O' Donovan (Richard Wisker)

  • Moses in the Bullrushes: He was left at the steps of a police station.
  • Put on a Bus: Series 3 Episode 4
  • Team Dad: Despite the 'Bad Boy' image he creates, he cares for all the residents in the Dumping Ground, especially when things get tough.

Frank Matthews (Chris Slater)

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

  • 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.

Toby Coleman (John Bell)

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

  • In-Series Nickname: Bad-Luck Boy.
  • Put on a Bus: In-between seasons 2 and 3, so we never see his departure. He does get a throwaway line to his whereabouts (fostered).

Carmen Howle (Amy Leigh-Hickman)

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

  • Break the Cutie: After her stuff gets nicked at Burnywood
  • Broken Bird: Series 1: Happy girl in pink. Series 2: Slightly less happy...
  • The Expy: Very much like Louise. Often split between two friends (Lily and Elektra/Tee).
    • The pink is a dead giveaway.

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.

Johnny Taylor (Joe Maw)

Tee's older brother with dominance and arrogance 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.
  • 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.
  • The Cynic

Gus Carmichael (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.
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Has Two Mommies: Ronny and Dawn.
  • Put on a Bus: The Dumping Ground Series 1 Episode 5.

Sapphire Fox (Saffron Coomber)

Rocker's daughter who is unwanted by him.

  • 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.

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.

Lily Kettle (Jessie Williams)

  • 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.

Mandy "Elektra" Perkins (Jessica Revell)

Former gang member.

  • Berserk Button: Just don't touch her hair.
  • 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 parent's reveal that she used to be a vegetarian and fought for 'meat is murder'
    • Also reacts very strongly to homophobia.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Elektra is the biggest one in the series.

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.
  • The Other Darrin: Millie Refearn replaced Claudia Colling in Series 2

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.

Rick Barber (Daniel Pearson)

From Burnywood.

PAST: Con artist parents

  • 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.

Lizanne (ACTRESS: Lauren Mote)

From Burnywood. Started the fire.

PAST: Mental mom.

Kitty (Eleni Foskett)

From Burnywood.

  • Does Not Like Being Touched
  • 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

Tyler (Miles Butler-Hughton)

Prankster from Burnywood. Hasn't left yet.

Mr. Hamster

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

PAST: Used to cheer up two residents.

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.

Faith Davis

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.

  • Promotion to Parent: To the YP in the Season 4 opener.
  • Token Minority: Lampshaded in What Would Gus Want? when Johnny is being homophobic.
  • 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
  • Big Good: is generally the friendliest, most supportive member of the DG that kids can turn to.


Another new girl and the youngest kid in the Dumping Ground. Her past is unknown, but involved hiding from her mother. And not while playing "hide and seek".


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