BBC Celebrity Mastermind: Dani Harmer’s life from role in Harry Potter and her little known music career
Dani Harmer took to the the screens of households up and down the country as a child actor starring as the titular character of CBBC’s Tracey Beaker. For many who grew up watching her on the show, she conjures up feelings of nostalgia but aside from her role as the sassy and loveable Tracey she also had a role in cult classic Harry Potter and even dabbled in the music industry.
Dani, who now has two children, recently came back onto our screens in the mini series My Mum Tracey Beaker which follows her character’s journey into motherhood. She began her acting career at the age of six when she appeared in the musical Who’s Tommy on the West End before she took on the role of Tracey in 2002.
She gave birth to her daughter, Avarie-Belle Betsy Rachel Brough, in 2016 and had her son, Rowan León James Brough last month. Dani is married to Simon Brough, who she has been in a relationship with since 2015.
Before she became famous for her CBBC role, Dani had starred as an extra in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone – the first installment of the immensely popular book and film series. She starred alongside Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in an early scene where new students to Hogwarts are placed into their houses by the Sorting Hat.
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Beyond her acting career, Dani signed a £3million record deal with the Universal Group and she recorded her debut album in 2009.
Superheroes, an album which featured the theme from her series Dani’s House, was never released and she later abandoned her music career indefinitely.
The song ‘Free’, which was used on Dani’s House, peaked at 117th in the charts and though the album never made it to fruition, she shared 30 second clips of each track in 2010.
Dani also came back onto TV screens in the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2012.
She was paired with professional dancer Vincent Simone and she made the final, coming in fourth place overall.
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Most recently Dani has appeared in two 2021 spin-off series of Tracey Beaker, My Mum Tracey Beaker and The Beaker Girls.
She also set up The Dani Harmer Academy in Berkshire, which offers children’s classes in acting, singing and dancing and Harmer herself coaches some classes at the academy.
Dani Harmer will appear on BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind on Saturday at 6:30pm hosted by Clive Myrie, where she will take on the specialist subject of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
Trainee Reporter – LGBT+ Specialist. Previously worked for Daily Star, The Sun, Brixton Blog and South West Londoner.
Three stories written this month include a in depth interview with LGBTQ+ activist Peter Tatchell ahead of the 50th anniversary of Gay Pride in the UK, an interview with an ex-Lieutenant Commander who had to keep his sexuality a secret in the Armed Forces for 20 years who lost his partner to AIDS two days before he left the Navy and a chat with the founder of The Gay Men’s Dance Company who offer professional training, pole dancing and a dance class in heels.
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