Tracey Childs

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Tracey Childs
Born (1963-05-30) 30 May 1963 (age 51)
London, England, UK
Occupation actress
Spouse(s) Tony Anholt 1990-98.(Divorced)

Tracey Childs (born 30 May 1963 in London) is an English actress, best known for playing Lynne Howard in the 1980s drama series Howards' Way. More recently, she has appeared in Born and Bred as Linda Cosgrove and as Patty Cornwell in Hollyoaks.

Her first on-screen role was in the Upstairs, Downstairs episode, Wanted - a Good Home. She also appeared in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as Rose Stanley, Sense and Sensibility, The Scarlet Pimpernel and the 1982 Bergerac episode "A Perfect Recapture". She appeared as Pompeiian citizen Caecilius's wife Metella in "The Fires of Pompeii", in the fourth season of the BBC's relaunched Doctor Who.

Childs was married to her Howards' Way co-star Tony Anholt, from 1990 to 1998 and toured with him, Marc Sinden and Gemma Craven in Noël Coward's Private Lives throughout 1991 and into 1992.

She is a regular performer (and part of the original cast) of the international touring play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners and in November 2007, appeared at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, directed by Marc Sinden, as part of his British Theatre Season, Monaco.

She starred opposite Matthew Kelly in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Trafalgar Studios in London in March 2009.[1]

In 2010 and 2012, she appeared in BBC One's afternoon drama series Doctors.

Doctor Who audio plays[edit]

In October 2001, Tracey appeared in the Big Finish Doctor Who audiobook Colditz.[2] This audiobook introduced Childs as the character of Klein. In the story the Seventh Doctor and Ace are caught intruding in Colditz Castle in October 1944; where they meet Klein, a Nazi scientist.

Childs then returned to the part of Klein a further three times. In January 2010 for a trilogy of stories featuring the Seventh Doctor.[3] Followed in October 2012 for Unit: Dominion[4] and finally in July 2013 for another trilogy of tales.[5]


In her role as Lynne Howard on Howards' Way, Childs was frequently seen on the set of Periplus alongside her co-star Jan Harvey. Periplus was also the first UK headquarters of the German mail order company, Die Spitze.

Selected filmography[edit]

Audio work[edit]

Audiobook performances for Big Finish Productions:


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