Tracy Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort

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The Duchess of Beaufort
Tracy Louise Ward

(1958-12-22) 22 December 1958 (age 65)
Kensington, London, England
Other namesTracy Worcester
Tracy Beaufort
Alma materAcademy of Live and Recorded Arts
London Drama School
Occupation(s)Environmental activist, former actress
(m. 1987; div. 2018)
ParentHon. Peter Ward

Tracy Louise Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort (née Ward; born 22 December 1958) is a British duchess, environmental activist, and former actress. She is usually known as Tracy Worcester, the married style that she often used before 2017, and as an actress was credited as Tracy-Louise Ward. She was previously married to the 12th Duke of Beaufort.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Kensington,[1] Tracy Louise Ward is a daughter of the Hon. Peter Alistair Ward, a younger son of the 3rd Earl of Dudley. Her father became chairman of the family business, Baggeridge Brick. His first wife, Clare Leonora Baring, was the only child of the gentleman cricketer Giles Baring. Tracy is the sister of the actress Rachel Ward. She also has one brother and two half-brothers from her father's second marriage. Her great-grandfather, the 2nd Earl of Dudley, was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in the early 20th century, and then Governor-General of Australia. He was the son of the 1st Earl of Dudley and Georgina, Countess of Dudley, andowned nearly 30,000 acres in Staffordshire and Worcestershire, two hundred coal and iron mines, and several iron works, including the Round Oak Steelworks.[2]

She grew up on her father's estate at Cornwell, Oxfordshire. After school, she worked as a model in Paris and then at Christie's in London, before working in various art galleries in New York.. In her early twenties, she trained as an actress, first at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, London, and then at the London Drama School.[citation needed]

From her acting career, she is best remembered for her role as Tessa Robinson in the television detective series C.A.T.S. Eyes (1986–1987). She also appeared in the film Dance with a Stranger and the Doctor Who serial Timelash, both in 1985, and played the first Miss Scarlett in the television drama game show Cluedo (1990). Her theatre credits include: Our Day Out (Nottingham Playhouse) and Intimacy (Café Theatre).[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On 13 June 1987, she married Henry, Marquess of Worcester, known to his friends as Bunter, a landowner and chartered surveyor who is the oldest son and heir of the 11th Duke of Beaufort. The wedding was attended by both Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales.. The Worcesters divorced in 2018, shortly after Henry had succeeded his father as 12th Duke of Beaufort. They have three children:


In 1989, Tracy Worcester began working with Friends of the Earth. Since then, she has been active in green politics as Associate Director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture, a trustee of The Gaia Foundation, the Trustee of The Schumacher Society and the Bath Environment Centre, on the Council of the UK's Soil Association,[citation needed] and a member of the International Forum on Globalisation. She was a member of the Referendum Party, which opposed Britain's involvement in the European Union.

Since 1989, Tracy has been networking, fund raising, writing, making documentaries and public speaking to promote a more local food economy. Her feature length films include Is Small Still Beautiful in India,[4] and The Politics of Happiness in Bhutan.[5] Most recently, she produced a documentary film called Pig Business,[6] highlighting the environmental and health impacts of the intensive factory farming of low quality pork.[7]

She founded and directs a campaign organisation called Farms Not Factories,[8] which makes films and online content intended to encourage viewers to only buy meat with a high welfare label.

In 2013, she was signatory to a campaign for women to be able to inherit all peerages and entailed estates.[9]

During the campaign for the 2015 general election, she was one of several public figures who endorsed the parliamentary candidacy of the Green Party's Caroline Lucas.[10]



  1. ^ ”WARD Tracy L / BARING / Kensington 5c 1570a” in General Index to Births Registered in England and Wales, 1959
  2. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 1191. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  3. ^ a b c Beaufort, Duke of,, accessed 20 October 2020
  4. ^ Is Small Still Beautiful In India, accessed 17 May 2022
  5. ^ The Politics of Happiness in Bhutan, accessed 17 May 2022
  6. ^ Pig Business, accessed 17 May 2022
  7. ^ "Documentary on intensive pig farming faces legal threat". The Guardian. 29 May 2009.
  8. ^ "The Field Magazine". Farms Not Factories. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Gender equality for peeresses". The Daily Telegraph.
  10. ^ Elgot, Jessica (24 April 2015). "Celebrities sign statement of support for Caroline Lucas – but not the Greens". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 July 2015.

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