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Occupation  Actress, singer
Website  Biography

Name  Tracie Bennett
Role  Television actress
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Full Name  Tracey Anne Bennett
Born  17 June 1961 (age 54) (1961-06-17) Leigh, Lancashire, England, UK
Education  Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Awards  Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Nominations  Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play
TV shows  Coronation Street, Joking Apart, Making Out, The Upper Hand, The Long Firm
Similar People  Peter Quilter, Terry Johnson, Wanda Ventham, Timothy Carlton, Janie Dee

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Tracey Anne "Tracie" Bennett (born 17 June 1961) is an English stage and television actress. She trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in Clapham, London. She played the role of Sharon Bentley in Coronation Street from 1982-1984 and then returning to the role in 1999.


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Best known for her roles in theatre, both dramatic and musical, Bennett has received two Olivier Awards for Best Supporting Role in a Musical for her performances in the musicals She Loves Me and Hairspray with an addition nomination for her work in High Society. Bennett was also nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Mrs Henderson Presents while her performance as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow earned her an Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Play and a Tony Award nomination in the same category when the production transferred to Broadway.

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Bennett's television debut was in the drama series 'Going Out', before appearing in Coronation Street between 1982 and 1984 as Sharon Gaskell, the Fairclough's foster daughter. She returned to the role in 1999. She played dim-witted blonde Tracy Glazebrook in the pilot of Steven Moffat's sitcom Joking Apart (1991), a role which she reprised for the subsequent two full-length series in 1993 and 1995. She played Keaveney Millandra in the film version of Shirley Valentine (1989).

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She appeared in She Loves Me at the Savoy Theatre in 1994, for which she won the Laurence Olivier Award as Best Supporting Performance in a Musical. She played Ida in Honk!, which won the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical.

In 2003, she was critically acclaimed for her role in the London production of High Society, and for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2004. She appeared in Sex, Chips and Rock 'n' Roll at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester in 2005, for which she was nominated for a TMA Theatre Award as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.

In January 2006, Bennett joined the West End production of Les Misérables in the role of Madame Thénardier at the Queen's Theatre, which she continued to play to July 2007.

In October 2007, she began her run in the role of Velma Von Tussle in the London premiere of the musical Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre. She mentioned on a televised interview Alan Titchmarsh that it was a "great show" and that she enjoyed doing it, but also said it was exhausting, pointing out that to begin with, the wiring under her wig weighs 10 lbs, making some of the dancing difficult. In spite of this, her efforts were rewarded in March 2008, when she received her second Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for her performance.

In February 2010, Bennett took on the role of Judy Garland in the first London production of Peter Quilter's play, End of the Rainbow. The production premiered with Tracie Bennett playing Judy Garland at Northampton's Royal Theatre, and subsequently transferred to London's West End where it was a critical success. Bennett received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance. The production transferred to Broadway in March 2012, with Bennett reprising her role. For her performance in the Broadway production, Bennett received a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Play, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play.

In 2013 she joined the cast of detective series Scott & Bailey as Sharon, the estranged mother of DC Bailey.

In 2015 and 2016 she played Laura Henderson in the musical Mrs Henderson Presents and received a nomination for the Olivier Awards 2016 in the category Best Actress in a Musical.

In 2017 she played patient, Molly Drover, in long running BBC medical drama, Casualty.

Also in 2017 she recorded two songs for the album Wit & Whimsy - Songs by Alexander S. Bermange (one solo and one featuring all of the album's 23 artists), which reached No. 1 in the iTunes comedy album chart.


  • French Fries on the Golden Front (short) - Princess, Executive Producer (2004)
  • f2point8 (short) - Kika (2002)
  • Revenge of Billy the Kid - Boom Operator (1991)
  • Shirley Valentine - Millandra Bradshaw (1989)
  • Knights & Emeralds - Tina (1986)
  • Television

  • New Tricks - Angela Gold (1 episode, 2013)
  • Scott & Bailey - Sharon (4 episodes, 2013)
  • Doctors - Jean Hobbs / Julie Bolton (2 episodes, 2005–2007)
  • Casualty - Gina Driscoll / Linda Riley / Sally / Seonaidh / Molly Drover (9 episodes, 1992–2007, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  • Dalziel and Pascoe (TV series) - Grace Beck (2 episodes, 2007)
  • Northern Lights - Maureen (1 episode, 2006)
  • Vincent - Deborah Finnigan (1 episode, 2005)
  • The Royal (TV series) - Sylvia (1 episode, 2005)
  • The Long Firm (TV movie) - Judy Garland (2004)
  • The Courtroom - Diane Eaton (1 episode, 2004)
  • Keen Eddie (TV series) - Charlotte (1 episode, 2003)
  • Murder Investigation Team - Celia Seagrove (1 episode, 2003)
  • The Bill (TV series) - Lisa Brooks / Shirley Fielding (2 episodes, 1993–2003)
  • Burn It (TV series) - Bev (5 episodes, 2003)
  • The Afternoon Play (TV series) - Yvonne (1 episode, 2003)
  • Mersey Beat (TV series) - Jacqui McHale (1 episode, 2002)
  • Where the Heart Is (TV series) - Julie Sprake (1 episode, 2002)
  • Lily Savage's Blankety Blank (game show) - Herself (1 episode, 2001)
  • Coronation Street (TV series) - Sharon Gaskell (173 episodes, 1982–1984, 1999)
  • The Ambassador (TV series) - Annette (1 episode, 1999)
  • Verdict - Sally Taylor (1 episode, 1998)
  • Heartbeat - Lieutenant (1 episode, 1997)
  • Next of Kin - Liz (13 episodes, 1995–1996)
  • Joking Apart - Tracy Glazebrook (12 episodes, 1991–1995)
  • The Gingerbread Girl (TV series) - Stella (1993)
  • The Upper Hand (TV series) - Michelle (1 episode, 1992)
  • Making Out (TV series) - Norma (24 episodes, 1989–1991)
  • Rich Tea and Sympathy (TV series) - Nikki (1991)
  • The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV series) - Marilyn Thompson (1 episode, 1990)
  • Brush Strokes (TV series) - Miss Naomi Wilson (1 episode, 1987)
  • Unnatural Causes (TV series) - Actress (1 episode, 1986)
  • Boon - Patsy (1 episode, 1986)
  • Stage

  • La Cage aux Folles
  • Carousel
  • She Stoops to Conquer
  • One for the Road
  • Grease
  • Chicago
  • Blood Brothers
  • Educating Rita
  • She Loves Me
  • Honk!
  • High Society
  • Sex, Chips and Rock 'n' Roll
  • Les Misérables
  • Hairspray
  • End of the Rainbow
  • The Hypochondriac
  • Mrs Henderson Presents
  • Other work

    She presented Tracie Goes To Hollywood for OK! TV (for Carlton), and won an Audie Award for Comedy Best Actress for her narrations for the audiobooks of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.


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