Tracey Childs

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Tracey Childs
Born (1963-05-30) 30 May 1963 (age 58)
Spouse(s)Tony Anholt (1990–98)
Partner(s)Ian Morton (?–?)

Tracey Childs (born 30 May 1963) is an English actress, known for playing Lynne Howard in the 1980s drama series Howards' Way. Her other television roles include Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (1981), Linda Cosgrove in Born and Bred (2002–05), Patty Cornwell in Hollyoaks (2003–04) and Elaine Jenkinson in Broadchurch (2013).


Born in London, Childs 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 series 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 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.

In 2013 she appeared in Series 1 of the ITV drama Broadchurch as Chief Superintendent Elaine Jenkinson, head of the Broadchurch police.

Childs currently works as Executive Producer at the Mercury Theatre Colchester.

Doctor Who audio plays[edit]

In October 2001, Childs 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–March 2010, for a trilogy of stories featuring the Seventh Doctor;[3] in October 2012 for UNIT: Dominion;[4] and in July–September 2013 for another trilogy of tales.[5] She reprised the role again in the story Warlock's Cross, which was released in November 2018.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

Audio work[edit]

Audiobook performances for Big Finish Productions:


  1. ^ "Kelly stars in Woolf at the Trafalgar Studios". Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-02-04. Retrieved 2014-08-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-11-28. Retrieved 2014-08-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2014-08-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-03. Retrieved 2014-08-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "244. Warlock's Cross - Doctor Who - Main Range". Big Finish. Archived from the original on 28 November 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2018.

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