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Dani is one of the biggest stars in BBC Children’s TV history, having played the lead role in CBBC’s successful ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’, ‘Tracy Beaker Returns’ and most recently ‘My Mum, Tracy Beaker’. Dani was the winner of the 2010 Children’s BAFTA for Best Drama, and 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 Welsh BAFTA 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 its last series in 2011, ‘Tracy Beaker Returns’ received the highest ratings ever for the CBBC channel. In 2012, it was the most requested programme on iPlayer with over 550,000 requests in first three days of transmission. ‘My Mum Tracy Beaker’ recently aired on iPlayer and received over 2.1 million streams in its opening weekend. In 2012, ‘Dani’s Castle’ was created, proving a great success, with Dani taking on her first Producing role at the age of 24.
Dani started her acting career aged six in the Pete Townshend rock musical ‘Tommy’, going on to play July in the national tour of ‘Annie’. She landed the part of Tracy Beaker at the tender age of 12 and has now played the character across two decades – she says that one of her career highlights so far was performing in the role at the Queen’s 80th Birthday bash.
Her primetime comedy and drama roles include Molly Venables (a character created for her) in three series of ‘After You’ve Gone’ for BBC1; Young Jo Brand in ‘Little Crackers’ for Sky; ‘Trial and Retribution’, ‘My Family’, ‘Pie in the Sky’, ‘The 10th Kingdom’, ‘Beast’, ‘Touch Me’, ‘I’m Karen Taylor’, Beep Beep in ‘The Beeps’, and the pilot for BBC3’s ‘Coming of Age’. She was one of the presenters, known as ‘packers’, in the 2006 series of the Saturday morning show ‘Mighty Truck of Stuff’. Dani has also presented on BBC Radio 7s ‘The Big Toe’, presented CBBC, and has been a guest on ‘The Wright Stuff’.
In 2013, Dani took part in the hit BBC show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, reaching the final. In September 2013, she opened The Dani Harmer Academy of Performing Arts based in Ascot, Berkshire, for children aged 6 to 18 years. Dani is also a proud Ambassador for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.