Dani Harmer says Tracy Beaker fans will be delighted to see what a "great" parent her character has become.

Actress Dani, 31, is reprising her iconic role as Tracy in a new instalment of the show, dubbed My Mum Tracy Beaker, which shows Tracy as a mum in her 30s.

Harmer said: "So Tracy now is a mum. Which is amazing, I think the last time we saw her she was working as a care worker in her 20s.

"Now she's in her 30s and she's a mum, so it's been really cool for me because like everyone else, I really wanted to know what happened next and where Tracy's journey is going to take her."

Dani Harmer
Dani is reprising her role as Tracy Beaker as the show returns

"I think everyone is going to be really pleased seeing how Tracy's progressed and what a great mum she is," she added.

In the show, Tracy is set to be a mum to 10-year-old daughter Jess, played by Emma Maggie Davies.

The actress said the relationship between Tracy, who grew up in care, and Jess is "a bit more like friends" because she gave birth to her while she was "a bit younger".

"They're very different, Jess is quiet, she's really good at school, she loves reading, whereas Tracy obviously wasn't any one of those things," she explained.

Dani Harmer as Tracy Beaker
Dani first appeared as Tracy on television screens in 2002

"Tracy is a fiercely protective mother and does everything for Jess," Dani added.

Tracy's old rival from their days in care Justine Littlewood - played by Montanna Thompson - is set to return for the new series.

"Obviously that's not going to go well," she said. "Tracy and Justine have butted heads since they were younger and nothing's changed there, really."

Dani says the reason behind Tracy's popularity with fans is because "everyone can see a little bit of themselves in her".

Dani Harmer
Dani found fame after starring as Tracy Beaker in the hit series

"She has so many different emotions, just in one day, she can go from being really sad to really angry to ridiculously happy, and everyone can find a little bit of Tracy in themselves," she said.

"She comes across as fierce and a bit scary, but underneath it all, there's a heart of gold there."

The new series, which is based on a book of the same name, is set to air on CBBC and BBC iPlayer next month.

Dani first appeared as Tracy on television screens in 2002.

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