Current main characters
Michael "Mike" Milligan
- Played by: Connor Byrne
- Played by: Stacy Liu
A careworker introduced in The Dumping Ground series 2.
- 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.
- 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: 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: Carma Hylton
- Played by: Connor Lawson
Tazmin "Taz" De Souza
- Played by: Jasmine Uson
- Played by: Emily Burnett
Former main characters
- Played by: John Bell
Liam O' Donovan
- Played by: Richard Wisker
- The Artful Dodger: Liam is this trope. When Mike collects him from the police station and they run into Tracy they have this discussion:Mike: See, Liam, if you want to get on in life, maybe we could have a little less artful dodger and a bit more Tracy Beaker.Liam: I am like Tracy! We both got nicked!Mike: (after Tracy's explanation for being in the station) You published your own book with Cam's money?! Tracy, how could you?Tracy: [defensive] Cam's a writer! She'll understand! I'll pay her back when the book sells.Mike: [facepalms] Oh, Tracy...
- The Cast Show Off: In his one-off appearance in The Dumping Ground, Richard Wisker shows off his guitar and singing ability.
- Deadpan Snarker: As show in the conversation with Mike quoted above.
- 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
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Played by: Daniel Pearson
- 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.
- 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 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
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.
- 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.
- 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...
- Cannot Keep a Secret: Carmen's big mouth is well known in the DG and something that is lampshaded by other characters.
- 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. Later, her and Tee.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Her time in Burnywood changed her from a Cheerful Child to a meaner girl.
- She is also shown to be more vain and selfish in The Dumping Ground.
- 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
New boy in the Dumping Ground. Lived with his parents in a shed.
- 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
- 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.
- Put on a Bus: She and Billie are fostered in "The Switch".
- Zany Scheme: Is often involved in one with Floss.
- Played by: Gwen Currant
- Always Identical Twins
- Gender-Blender Name: Apparently their mother thought she and her sister would be boys.
- Grew a Spine: It comes and goes in relation to Toni.
- Put on a Bus: She and Toni are fostered in "The Switch".
- Single-Minded Twins: She and Toni invoked on this by pulling a prank on some of the boys saying how they were telepathic.
- Played by: Alexander Aze
- 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
- Put on a Bus: He leaves in the mid-season finale of Series 7 to work in a horse stable.
- 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.
Notable other characters and pets
- 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
Ade and Dayo
- Played by: Timi Lamikanra (Ade) and Mohammed Mansaray (Dayo)
- War Refugees: In emergency care after fleeing a war.
- Played by: Ben Cartwright
- Played by: Lauren Mote
From Burnywood. Started the fire.
- 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
- Played by: Holly Quinn-Ankrah
- Parent with New Paramour: She is dating Lily's dad.
Kingsley Jackson (David Avery)
- Big Brother Bully: To Jody
Diane Jackson (Victoria Alcock)
- Extreme Doormat: To her son
Matt and Stephanie Branston
- Played by: Charlie Brooks (Stephanie) and Stuart Manning (Matt)
- Played by: Kiki Brooks-Truman
- Played by: Roderick Gilkison
- Replacement Flat Character: Plays the same role as Mo before his character development.
- Played by: Simon Ludders
Janet Umbleby (Alison Pargeter)
Edward Umbleby (Jaimie Boubezari)
Lily'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
The Dumping Ground's new dog.