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Current main characters


Michael "Mike" Milligan

Played by: Connor Byrne
The Head Careworker at the Dumping Ground


May-Li Wong

Played by: Stacy Liu

A careworker introduced in The Dumping Ground series 2.



Tyler Lewis

Played by: 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

Played by: Kia Pegg


Floss Guppy

Played by: Sarah Rayson
Another new girl and the youngest kid in the Dumping Ground.


Finn McLaine

Played by: Ruben Reuter


Sasha Bellman

Played by: Annabelle Davis


Chloe Reeves

Played by: Hannah Moncur


Joseph Stubbs

Played by: Yousef Naseer


Archie Able

Played by: Jethro Baliba



Played by: Carma Hylton


Alex Walker

Played by: Connor Lawson



Tazmin "Taz" De Souza

Played by: Jasmine Uson


Charlie Morris

Played by: Emily Burnett

Former main characters


Toby Coleman

Played by: John Bell
A comics nerd of Scottish descent whose parents died in a car crash.


Liam O' Donovan

Played by: Richard Wisker


Tracy Beaker

Played by: 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


Sapphire Fox

Played by: Saffron Coomber

Rocker's daughter who is unwanted by him.

  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Harry.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Drop-In Character: After she moves out of the Dumping Ground when she's 16.
  • Parental Substitute: She falls somewhere between being like a Mum and being like a big sister to Harry.
  • 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.


Gus Carmichael

Played by: Noah Marullo

  • Inter Generational Friendship: With Mike
  • Brutal Honesty: Tends to be blunt and honest, even if it comes off as rude. Justified as he has Aspergers.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a sensory overload in the premiere of The Dumping Ground due to getting his head covered in henna, the loud music from Rick and Frank's feud, and everyone shouting and fighting. This causes him to reach his breaking point and pull the pin of a grenade. Luckily, the explosion was small and nobody got hurt. This also gets everyone to stop fighting and get along again.
  • Literal-Minded: Due to having Aspergers, he has trouble understanding idioms and takes them literally.
  • Has Two Mommies: Ronnie and Dawn become his mothers after he is fostered.
  • 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 to live with a pair of lesbians.
  • Schedule Fanatic: Due to his Asperger's Syndrome, he finds it very distressing when his routine is broken.
  • Super OCD


Gina Conway

Played by: 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).


Mandy "Elektra" Perkins

Played by: Jessica Revell

Former gang member.

  • 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. Later appearances show that the two are close.
  • 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.
    • Word of God states that she is a lesbian and part of her story in the web series After The DG is about her getting together with a girl. It was just never explored during the show due to Jessica's departure from the series.
  • Jerkass
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Deep down, she does care about the other kids and The Dumping Ground shows more of a softer side to her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Elektra is the biggest one in the series.
  • Schemer


Lily Kettle

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 eventually ruins her chance of being happily fostered with the Perrys.
  • Put on a Bus: To live down south with her dad and Shannay.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Is shown to be more likely to be nasty and unlikeable after falling off the roof.


Rick Barber

Played by: Daniel Pearson

From Burnywood.

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears between season 2 and 3 of The Dumping Ground, and is not mentioned by anyone. Word of God gave an explanation by saying he moved back in with his mother.
  • 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 in "Be My Girl."
  • Put on a Bus: Between Seasons 2 and 3 of The Dumping Ground. Word of God stated that he moved back in with his mother after she got out of prison.


Faith Davis

Played by: 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

Played by: Chris Slater

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

  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Liam. The two are shown to be best friends whether Liam is in Elm Tree House or not and they eventually move in together in the end of Season 2 of The Dumping Ground.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Season 2 of The Dumping Ground to move in with Liam.
    • 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.
  • Raised by Grandparents: He was bought up by his Grandad. He was taken into care when his Grandad's health meant that he could no longer look after him.


Johnny Taylor

Played by: 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 originally. He later backs off and lets her do what she wants.
  • The Cynic
  • Don't Split Us Up: Subverted. Usually, he and Tee both want to be fostered together, but he once wanted Tee to be fostered alone when he finds out the parents only wanted 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

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.


Carmen Howle

Played by: Amy-Leigh Hickman


Tee Taylor

Played by: 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.


Anthony "Mo" Michaels

Played by: Reece Buttery

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


Bailey Wharton

Played by: Kasey McKellar


Kazima Tako

Played by: Akuc Bol


Toni Trent

Played by: Nelly Currant


Billie Trent

Played by: Gwen Currant


Dexter Bellman

Played by: Alexander Aze


Ryan Reeves

Played by: Lewis G. Hamilton

Notable other characters and pets

     Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 1 

Cam Lawson

Played by: Lisa Coleman

Rosie and Poppy Kettle

Played by: Katie Anderson (Poppy), Claudia Colling (Rosie S1) and Millie Redfearn (Rosie S2&3)
Lily's younger sisters.

  • 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
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.


Played by: Neil Armstrong
Lily's and later Jody's social worker

     Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 2 

Ade and Dayo

Played by: Timi Lamikanra (Ade) and Mohammed Mansaray (Dayo)

Steve Kettle

Played by: Ben Cartwright
Lily, Poppy and Rosie's father

     Introduced Tracy Beaker Returns Season 3 


Played by: Lauren Mote

From Burnywood. Started the fire.


Played by: 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

Played by: James Gahadas

Jack O'Donovan

Played by: Calum Callaghan (2012) and Chris Finch (2014)

Melissa Perkins

Played by: Angela Terence

     Introduced The Dumping Ground Season 1 


Played by: Holly Quinn-Ankrah

Kingsley Jackson (David Avery)

Diane Jackson (Victoria Alcock)

     Introduced The Dumping Ground Season 3 

Matt and Stephanie Branston

Played by: Charlie Brooks (Stephanie) and Stuart Manning (Matt)

Maude Gordon

Played by: Kiki Brooks-Truman

     Introduced in The Dumping Ground Season 4 

Sammy Doyle

Played by: Roderick Gilkison

     Introduced in The Dumping Ground Season 5 

Peter Umbleby

Played by: 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.


Example of: