Meet the team - Dani Harmer

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Dani is one of the biggest stars of children's television in BBC history having played the lead role of CBBC’s successful The Story of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns.

Dani was the winner of the 2010 Children's BAFTA for Best Drama, and was also nominated for her performance as Tracy Beaker in its various incarnations, with the programme attracting another nomination in the Children's Drama category at the 2011 RTS Awards. Dani was also nominated for a Welsh BAFTA for Best Actress for her performance in Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me. Dani's House, her own hit CBBC show also received a 2009 Children's BAFTA nomination. In its last series in 2011, Tracy Beaker Returns, received the highest ratings ever for the BBC channel. In 2012, it was the most requested programme on iPlayer with over 550k requests in first 3 days of transmission. Also in 2012 “Dani’s Castle” was created which proved a great success with Dani having the opportunity to take on her first Producing role at the age of 24.

Born in Berkshire, England on 8th February 1989, Dani started her acting career aged six in the Pete Townshend rock musical Tommy and went on to play July in the national tour of Annie. She landed the role of Tracy Beaker at the tender age of 12, and played the character for six successful series following which she continued to make her mark on the TV in her own sitcom Dani's House.

Alongside these, Dani has also had roles in several high profile programmes including Molly Venables in three series of After You've Gone (the character of which was created for her) for BBC1; Young Jo Brand in Little Crackers for Sky; Trial and Retribution, My Family, Pie in the Sky, The 10th Kingdom, Beast, Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor, Beep Beep in The Beeps and the pilot for Coming of Age. She was one of the presenters, known as ‘packers’ in the 2006 series of the Saturday morning show, Mighty Truck of Stuff. Dani has also presented on BBC Radio 7s The Big Toe, presented CBBC and has been a guest on The Wright Stuff. One of the highlights of her career so far was performing at the Queen's 80th Birthday bash - in the reprised role of Tracy Beaker.

Early 2012 Dani joined the line up for Let's Dance for Sports Relief on BBC 1 reaching the final. In addition to her numerous screen credits, Dani is in much demand as a panto star with previous productions including: the title role in Peter Pan, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Spirit of the Belles in Dick Whittington and Princess Tamar in Jack & The Beanstalk.

In 2013 Dani had the opportunity to star in the hit primetime BBC show Strictly Come Dancing reaching the final with her partner Vincent Simone. Her popularity on the show saw her take part in the National Tour partnering up with Pasha in which they come runner up on numerous occasions.

Dani also headlined the National UK 40th Anniversary Tour in 2014 of the cult stage musical Rocky Horror Show in the role of Janet a role in which she has always wanted to play.

Dani is currently busy producing and has several other projects lined up for the future.

Dani is also a proud Ambassador for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

You can follow Dani on Twitter @MissDaniJHarmer

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