DANI Harmer has insisted ‘I’ll always play Tracy Beaker’ as she speaks out on the iconic BBC role being recast.
The 32-year-old actress first played Tracy in the original CBBC series The Story of Tracy Beaker from 2002 to 2005.
Dani Harme has insisted she will ‘always be Tracy Beaker’Credit: BBC
Since then she has reprised the role on a number of occasions, most recently this year in new CBBC series My Mum Tracy Beaker.
It followed Tracy, now 30, as she juggled life as a single mum to daughter Jess.
Dani loved returning to the role and has now insisted she will never give it up.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, she said: “I’d rather return to play her than someone else, that would be so weird.
Dani has played the character since she was a childCredit: BBC
Dani reprised the role this year in My Mum Tracy BeakerCredit: BBC
“I don’t know how I’d feel if someone else did it. I feel like I own it now, and no one can take that away from me.”
That wasn’t always the case though, as Dani stepped away from the role when she was a teenager to explore other projects.
She recalled: “Going back when I was 16 and I kind of chose to leave, I had enough of playing Tracy.
“I’m an actor and I wanted to go out and I wanted to explore and play different characters.”
Dani has played other characters but said nothing beats TracyCredit: BBC
She also felt Tracy’s story had come to a perfect conclusion after she was adopted by Cam, but a few years later, show bosses convinced her to come back for Tracy Beaker Returns.
Dani said: “It didn’t take much persuading, I think I’ll always play Tracy Beaker.
“I’ve managed to play other characters, but nothing can beat Tracy to be honest because she’s such a wicked character.”
My Mum Tracy Beaker is available on BBC iPlayer