Dani Harmer

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Dani Harmer
Born Danielle Jane Harmer
(1989-02-08) 8 February 1989 (age 25)
Bracknell, Berkshire, England, UK
Occupation Actress, TV presenter
Years active 1994–present

Danielle Jane Harmer (born 8 February 1989) is an English television actress, presenter and singer. Harmer is best known for her portrayal as Tracy Beaker in the CBBC programmes The Story of Tracy Beaker, Tracy Beaker Returns and Tracy Beaker Survival Files. Harmer confirmed on Twitter that she will not appear in its spin-off series, The Dumping Ground. Apart from Tracy Beaker, Harmer played Molly Venables in the BBC sitcom, After You've Gone.[1]

Dani also starred in her own children's sitcom, Dani's House from 2008 to 2012. A spin-off series to Dani's House was confirmed to be Dani's Castle, which began airing on CBBC in January 2013. Harmer has also occasionally presented continuity clips on the CBBC Channel. She also became a presenter on Friday Download in the first series, where she guest presented the 'Style Download' segment.

In 2008, Harmer branched into the music business and signed a £3m record deal. She recorded her debut album Superheroes in September 2009, and released the single and theme from Dani's House, "Free", but the album was never released and it was later confirmed she had given up her music career.

In March 2012, she also appeared in Let's Dance for Sport Relief, alongside Outnumbered star, Tyger Drew-Honey. They both reached the final, and became joint runners-up. Harmer competed in the tenth series of the BBC ballroom dancing show, Strictly Come Dancing, in that year. She was paired up with Vincent Simone, and the couple were eliminated on the final night, finishing in fourth place. In August 2014, Harmer appeared on Big Brother's Bit on the Side.

Career[edit]

She made her stage debut at the age of 6 in the musical The Who's Tommy in the West End.[2] She has appeared in a number of pantomimes: Dolly Mixture in Snow White (2004),[3] the title character in Peter Pan (2005, Alban Arena, 2006 in Worthing and 2010 in High Wycombe), Dick Whittington (2007, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre)[3] and the title role in Cinderella alongside Joe Tracini (2011, York Barbican). Other stage credits include a 2005 production of The Wizard of Oz at the Sunderland Empire Theatre.[3] Harmer appeared as an extra in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; she was sitting in the Great Hall when the new students to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry took turns to visit the Sorting Hat. Her big break was when she landed the title role in CBBC's dramedy series The Story of Tracy Beaker, which she starred in for five series and also the feature length film, Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me. She also went to Redroof Theatre school as a child. Dani has been beloved by a lot of children by starring in The Story of Tracy Beaker, Tracy Beaker Returns, Dani's House and Dani's Castle.

Her other TV credits include the ITV drama series Trial & Retribution,[4] Casualty,[5] My Family,[6] Pie in the Sky,[7] The 10th Kingdom,[8] Beast,[9] Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor,[10] "Beep Beep" in the British television series The Beeps,[11] and the pilot for Coming of Age.[12] She was one of the presenters: known as "packers" in the 2006 series of the Saturday morning show, Mighty Truck of Stuff.[13]

In November 2008 Media Guardian reported that After You've Gone was to be cancelled by the BBC, due to ITV moving Coronation Street to the same slot on ITV1. The BBC had announced a fourth series of the show in January of that year to be aired in 2009; however, the series ended with a Christmas special in 2008.[14] In March 2010, Harmer starred in The Wizard of Oz at The Journal Tyne Theatre in Newcastle, and again in 2012 at The Regent & Corn Exchange Theater in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Dani Harmer returned to the role of Tracy Beaker in early 2010 in the 13-episode BBC series Tracy Beaker Returns, in which her character had developed into a care worker and had written an autobiography about what life is like for children in care. Three series aired of Tracy Beaker Returns. It concluded on 23 March 2012. A spin-off was created called The Dumping Ground but did not feature Harmer. Dani starred in another TV show called Dani's Castle. This is a spin-off from the previous series called Dani's House. This aired at the start of 2013.[15] A second series aired in 2014 and a third series has been commissioned for 2015.

Dani appeared on the celebrity version of the gameshow Pointless in a team with Joe Pasquale, playing for the charity Make A Wish Foundation. The two reached the final, but failed to win the jackpot. Dani did manage to score one 'Pointless' answer during the course of the show.

Dani was due to star as 'Jane' in Disco Inferno, which was planned tour across the UK in autumn 2012. However it was announced on 5 September 2012 that the musical was cancelled after an investor pulled out. Dani confirmed via her Twitter account on the same day that she would be a contestant on the upcoming tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[16] Her partner was Vincent Simone. Dani and Vincent reached the final and finished the series in fourth place.

Harmer is currently playing Janet in the UK tour of the stage production The Rocky Horror Show.[17]

Music[edit]

Harmer signed a record deal with record label Universal/Decca worth £3 million, under the management of Daniel Glatman,[18] some time before beginning work on her debut album. The album was recorded and written in 2008 with the help of producer and songwriter Tom Nichols, and entitled Superheroes.[19] The album's lead and only single, Free, was released on 25 May 2009, after becoming the theme song of the TV show Dani's House, in which Harmer plays the lead role. Despite extensive promotion, the song was a commercial failure, entering iTunes at No. 117 and then taking the same position on the official chart.[20] "Free" was also featured on the compilation album Pop Princesses 2009.[21]

The scheduled release date of Superheroes was October 2009, which was later pushed back to early 2010. Rumours circulated that the album had been cancelled by Harmer's record company due to poor sales of the lead single, she responded that "they are just waiting for the right time to release it". No further comment was made until mid-2012, when Harmer stated via Twitter that she had given up music because she wanted to focus on her acting career. The album artwork and 30-second previews of each track were released in early 2010, along with the tracklist:

Awards[edit]

Winner of the 2010 Children's BAFTA for Best Drama, Dani 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 BAFTA Cymru 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 2009, Dani received a Gold Blue Peter Badge for her role in Tracy Beaker.[22]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Harmer competed in the tenth series of the BBC ballroom dancing show, Strictly Come Dancing, in 2012. She was paired up with Vincent Simone and the couple were eliminated on the final night.

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Craig Revel Horwood Darcey Bussell Len Goodman Bruno Tonioli Total
1 Waltz – “Open Arms" 5 5 6 5 21 None
2 Salsa – "Mama Do the Hump" 7 6 7 7 27 Safe
3 Foxtrot – "Over the Rainbow" 7 6 8 8 29 Safe
4 Cha Cha Cha – "Scooby Doo" 6 6 8 7 27 Safe
5 Jive – "Dance with Me Tonight" 8 8 9 8 33 Safe
6 Tango – "Rumour Has It" 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
7 Quickstep – "You Can't Hurry Love" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
8 Samba – "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
9 Viennese Waltz – "That's Amore" 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
10 Quickstep/Charleston Fusion 9 10 9 10 38 Safe
11 American Smooth – "Haven't Met You Yet" 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
Argentine Tango – "Libertango" 9 9 10 10 38
12 Tango – "Rumour Has It" 9 9 9 9 36 Eliminated (4th)
Showdance – "Bohemian Rhapsody" 8 9 9 9 35

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Pie in the Sky Lessy Series 5 Episodes 6, "The Apprentice"
1999 Trial & Retribution Amy Walker Series 3, Episode 1
2000 The 10th Kingdom Merrypip Girl Series 1, Episodes 7
2001 Beast Emily Series 2 Episode 5, "Lamb" and Harry Potter Sorcerer's Stone.
2002 Trial & Retribution Amy Walker Series 5 Episode 2 and Series 6, Episodes 1 and 2
2002–06 The Story of Tracy Beaker Tracy Beaker Lead role
2003 My Family Girl Series 4 Episode 8, "Friday the 31st"
Mighty Truck of Stuff Packer Series 5, Episode 1–7
2005 Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me Tracy Beaker Television film
2006 Children's Party At The Palace Tracy Beaker Dani played Tracy Beaker and was on the goodie team who had to find Queen Elizabeth II's Handbag before she gave her birthday speech.
2007 Coming of Age (Pilot) Chloe Series 1 Episode 0 (role was re-cast with Anabel Barnston for the series)
2007–08 The Beeps Beep Beep
2007–08 After You've Gone Molly Venables Main Role
2008–12 Dani's House Dani/ Maggie/ Co-ordinator Zark Lead Role
2010 CBBC continuity Herself Guest Presenter alongside Iain Stirling and Hacker T. Dog.
2010–12 Tracy Beaker Returns Tracy Beaker Lead Role
2011 Friday Download Herself Guest Reporter
Tracy Beaker Survival Files Tracy Beaker In this series Tracy is telling you how to live life well using snippets from The Story of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns
2012 Friday Download Herself Guest
Let's Dance for Sport Relief Herself Contestant and partners with Tyger Drew Honey
Strictly Come Dancing Herself Contestant
2013-present Dani's Castle Dani Lead Role
2014 The British Soap Awards Herself Presented an award alongside Joey Essex.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
"Free" 2009 117 Superheroes

Music videos[edit]

  • "Free" (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "After You've Gone – new sitcom starts Friday 12 January 2007 at 8.30pm on BBC One". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Dani Harmer News". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Dani: 'I’m just a normal girl from Bracknell". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Trial & Retribution (1999)". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Casualty". Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "My Family (2003)". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Pie in the Sky (1997)". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "The 10th Kingdom (2000))". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Beast (2001)". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Dani Harmer About Dani". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "The Beeps (2007)". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Coming of Age Pilot (2007)". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Mighty Truck of Stuff (2005)". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  14. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (19 November 2008). "BBC drops After You've Gone". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Tracy Beaker Returns (2010)". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "Dani Harmer show axed as she joins Strictly". BBC News. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  17. ^ http://rockyhorror.co.uk/cast-crew/dani-harmer
  18. ^ "Record Deal". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  19. ^ Talking Shop: Dani Harmer
  20. ^ Dani Harmer - the UK's answer to Miley Cyrus
  21. ^ "Dani Harmer News". Retrieved -03-01-2010. 
  22. ^ "CBBC's Blue Peter announces gold badge winners of 2009". Retrieved 2 January 2010. 

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