Tracie Bennett



Real name: Tracey Anne Bennett
Born: 17 June 1961, Leigh, Lancashire


Contact: c/o Conway, van Gelder

Played: Sharon Gaskell (1 March 1982 - 4 January 1984; 15 January - 24 November 1999)

Tracie trained at the Italia Conti Academy. Her television debut was in the children's series Going Out before in 1982 joining the cast of Coronation Street as the Fairclough's foster daughter Sharon Gaskell. During her time in The Street, Tracie turned 21 and passed her driving test, even though the examiner was a fan, he gave her an extra hard test to ensure fair play. After two years Tracie left the series and went on to play television roles in Black Silk, Unnatural Causes, The Rector of Stiffkey, Knock Knock, Relative Strangers, Boon, The Refuge, The Ritz, The Bretts, Alas Smith & Jones and Brush Stokes.

Tracie played Malandra in the comedy film Shirley Valentine alongside Joanna Lumley, Julia McKenzie, Pauline Collins, Ken Sharrock, Bernard Hill, Tom Conti and Alison Steadman. She then joined the BBC series Making Out as lesbian manageress Norma. Other film roles includes Tina in Knights and Emeralds and Ana in Deep Red Instant Love.

On stage Tracie has appeared in Carousel, She Stoops To Conquer, One For The Road, Dead Funny, Putting On The Ritz, Grease, Chicago, Blood Brothers and Educating Rita. In 1995 she won the Laurence Olivier Award as best supporting actress in She Loves Me.

In a successful career more television roles followed as Stella in Yorkshire Television's Gingerbread Girl, Monica in Made In Heaven, Nikki in Rich Tea and Sympathy, Mrs Howell in All Creatures Great and Small, Michelle in The Upper Hand, Tracy in BBC 2's Joking Apart and Liz in BBC's Next of Kin. Other television appearances include The Ruth Rendall Mysteries, The Bill and Casualty.

Tracie is single and lives in London.

TV credits include: Going Out; The Rector of Stiffkey; Shame; Knock-Knock; Relative Strangers; Boon; Black Silk; Unnatural Causes; The Refuge; The Ritz; The Bretts; Alas Smith & Jones; Brush Strokes; Making Out as Norma; Made in Heaven as Monica; The Rith Rendell Mysteries; The Best Man To Die; Rich Tea and Sympathy as Nikki; Joking Apart as Tracy; All Creatures Great and Small as Mrs Howell; The Upper Hand as Michelle; The Gingerbread Girl as Stella; The Bill; Casualty; Next of Kin (BBC) as Liz; Heartburn Hotel (BBC1, 1998);

Film credits include: Knights and Emeralds as Tina; Deep Red Instant Love as Ana; Shirley Valentine (1989) as Millandra.






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