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She was educated at Heckmondike Grammar School, and studied Drama at Loughborough University and got her MA in Screenwriting from London College of Communication in 2001.
Brabin is best remembered for her roles as clumsy waitress Sandra opposite David Jason in A Bit of a Do (ITV), Tricia Armstrong in Coronation Street from 1994 to 1997 and Ginny in three series of Richard Harris's Outside Edge. She has also appeared in EastEnders as Roxy Drake, The Ghost Hunter as Mrs Oliver (BBC television), and Love + Hate directed by Dominic Savage. In 2006, she appeared in an episode of Midsomer Murders entitled "Dead Letters". In 2008, she began to appear in a series of commercials for supermarket chain Sainsbury's playing the role of Sarah, a mother-of-two and Sainsbury's employee who does her weekly shopping at the store. More recently she played Lyndsey Bernstein in Law and Order UK and Pam in Chris Lang's thriller "Undeniable".
Brabin has written for Heartbeat, Family Affairs, Crossroads, Tracy Beaker, and was team writer on Hollyoaks for two years. Brabin has written Shameless for Company Pictures and has been a team writer for three series onSeacht - nominated for Best Youth Programme Irish Film and Television Awards 2011. More recently she has been working with mentor Elizabeth Karlsen, producer of Made in Dagenham, on a romantic comedy feature called Father August for the prestigious She Writes programme celebrated at BAFTA March 2011. Minkie Spiro is attached to direct. Tracy's first episode of Doctors will be screened on BBC1 Dec 17th 2012.
Tracy recently played Linda, Sharon and Annie in Simon Beaufoy's play "The Full Monty" directed by Sheffield theatre's award winning director Daniel Evans. The play opened at Sheffield Crucible to rave reviews and standing ovations, going on a national tour followed by a West End run at the Noel Coward Theatre. This production has been nominated for Best Comedy at the Olivier Awards 2014. Previous theatre includes the lead role in Shelagh Stevenson's' 'The Long Road at Curve in Leicester directed by Adel Al Salloum and Joy in "Meat" written by Jimmy Osbourne at the 503 Theatre in London.
In 2012 she played Maggie, a mother who comes to realise she is one of a race of aliens, in artist Shezad Dawood's first feature, the sci-fi art-house film A Piercing Brightness.
- Emmerdale (2014) Carole
- Law & Order: UK (2014) Lindsey Bernstein
- Casualty (2009) April
- Sainsbury's Ad Campaign (2008-) Sarah
- The Bill (2008) Isabel Edgar
- Doctors (2008) Amanda Webster
- Casualty (2007) Vee Kitching
- The Good Samaritan (2007) Gloria
- The Real Extras (2007) Herself
- Doctors (2006) Tina Machin
- Strictly Confidential (2006) Tina Roebottom
- Midsomer Murders (2006) Ruth Chalk (1 episode, 2006)
- Rosemary & Thyme (2006) Nicola Spicer
- An Audience with Coronation Street (2006) Herself
- Holby City (2005) Stella Howard
- Love + Hate (2005) Gaynor
- Coronation Street: The Duckworth Family Album (2005) Herself
- Heartbeat (2004) Sandra Tetley
- Bodies (2004) Karen Taylor
- Is Harry on the Boat? (2003) Isobel
- The Bill (2002) Pam
- Silent Witness (2002) Nina Palmer
- Nice Guy Eddie (2002) Stephanie
- Holby City (2001) Lucy Gartside
- EastEnders (2001) Roxy Drake
- Doctors (2000) Lucy Carlton
- The Bill (2000) Mrs. Sanderson
- Where the Heart Is" (2000) Stella Taylor
- Ghosthunter (2000) Mrs. Oliver
- Sunburn (1999) Sheila Adams
- Mayday Mayday (1995) Sylvia Redpath
- Coronation Street (1994–1997) Tricia Armstrong
- Outside Edge (1994–1995) Ginnie Willis
- Peak Practice (1994) Lou Clarke
- Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After (1992) Sarah, Duchess of York
- El C.I.D. (1992) Fran
- Riff-Raff (1991) Singer
- Hale and Pace (1989–1991)
- A Bit of a Do (1989) Sandra Pickersgill
- Doctors (2012)
- Hollyoaks (2008-2010)
- Shameless (2009)
- Family Affairs (2005)
- Heartbeat (2005)
- Tracy Beaker Parties with Pudsey (2004)
- The Story of Tracy Beaker
- Crossroads (2001)
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