Tracy Beaker's Dani Harmer hits back after being fat-shamed by cruel trolls as she says 'size 10 isn't huge'

Tracy Beaker's Dani Harmer hits back after being fat-shamed by cruel trolls as she says 'size 10 isn't huge'

TRACY Beaker star Dani Harmer has hit back at nasty trolls that fat-shamed her by telling them "size 10 isn't huge".

The actress revealed this week how her body drew criticism when she was on Strictly Come Dancing, despite being a size 6.

And the trolls were recently back to target her again nine years later, but Dani was having none of it.

She wrote on Twitter today: "Overwhelmed by all the love!! Sad that I’ve had to use my block button a couple of times though!! But I’m far too old for negativity!!

"And yes I’ve put on weight! We’ve been in lockdown all year! I ate some chocolate! Get over it! Size 10 isn’t exactly huge now move on xx."

Her followers rallied around her, calling her "fabulous" and a "beaut".

The BBC star finished fourth on the 2012 instalment of Strictly, which was won by gymnast Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace.

Despite making it to the final with dance partner Vincent Simone, the 31-year-old revealed that her time on the show was tainted when she received abuse about her weight online.

The pint-sized star, who is five-foot tall, was a size 6 when she wowed audiences with her weekly performances – but now admits she feels "sorry" for the trolls.

Speaking to Radio Times, she said: "I was like, 'Holy moly, if I'm fat, God knows what other people must be thinking if they’re bigger than me!'

"That must be just horrible. I can think of things really logically and be like, obviously, I’m not fat, that’s ridiculous.

"This person, obviously, is just bored, or has something wrong with their life that they feel like this is the only way they can get some validation and I actually feel sorry for them.

"So I can kind of put it logically, I guess. But yeah, for kids it must be so hard."

Dani's comments come ahead of her return to screens this month as her iconic alter-ego in a brand new series – My Mum Tracy Beaker.

The actress, who is best known for her role in the popular CBBC drama which first hit our screens in 2002, is about to embark on a new chapter of her character's life.


The Story of Tracy Beaker, which is based on the novel of the same name written by Jacqueline Wilson, premiered almost 20 years ago on TV.

It has gone on to become one of the most popular franchises of all time, with six books, three TV series, a number of successful spin-offs and a television movie.

In 2013 Dani decided to step down from her role as Tracy, but now she's finally back.

The latest spin off explores the bond that Tracy (Dani Harmer) has with her 10-year-old daughter Jess (Emma Maggie Davies) – something that Tracy has longed for since she was a little girl.


Their story is told through Jess' eyes and follows how they struggle to get by as just the two of them.

When Sean Godfrey (Jordan Duvigneau), a rich retired footballer comes on the scene, Tracy thinks that all their money problems will be solved…

Will Tracy's foster mum Cam step in if she gets in trouble like when she was younger? Dani isn't the only star reprising her role on the show.

Lisa Coleman will be returning to our screens as Tracy's loving foster mum Cam, many will also recognise Ruth Gemmell as Tracy's distant mother Carly and Montanna Thompson will be remitting her role as the protagonist's bitter rival Justine Littlewood.

The franchise began all the way back in 1991 when author Jacqueline Wilson wrote The Story of Tracy Beaker, a book about a 10-year-old girl in foster care who lashed out at the world due to all the neglect she received as a child.

It was then turned into a TV show in 2002 and ran for three years – with Dani as the lead star.

It explored the lives of many characters who lived in a foster home Elm Tree House, which they nicknamed "The Dumping Ground".

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