Tracy Barlow has never been a wall flower who sunk quietly into the Coronation Street background.
But she didn’t always have the face she does now. In fact, three other actresses played Trace before Kate Ford took over the role in 2002.
Two of them were very young when they were in the show, but the most well-known was Dawn Acton who was the incarnation of Tracy who came down the stairs having been listening to tapes in her room for six months.
Dawn played Tracy on and off between 1988 and 1999 when she was seen moving to London to live with carpet fitter husband Robert Preston.
Among the storylines she was a part of were Tracy’s time as a teen tearaway, dealing with her parents divorce, and her kidney failure after taking a bad ecstasy pill, which saw mum, Deirdre Barlow’s fiancé Samir Rachid get brutally stabbed to death on his way to donate a kidney to her.
Dawn is now a DJ and charity volunteer, working for an organisation called Beanstalk, which helps teach kids to read.
Although she was invited to audition for the return of Tracy in 2002, the part eventually went to Kate Ford.
In a recent interview she said: “Obviously I do miss working on Corrie, but I do find the work I do now very rewarding.”
The current Tracy is behind bars for confessing to pushing Ken Barlow down the stairs earlier this year.
She thinks she’s protecting daughter Amy by admitting to the crime, but viewers are questioning whether Tracy’s got it wrong and Amy in fact didn’t have anything to do with it at all.
With Tracy in court, an angry Liz McDonald is set to lose her rag and have to be held back by Adam and Daniel.
Tracy’s also trying to protect her lover, Rob Donovan, after he escaped from prison, and many think he’s the culprit in the Ken attack.
Whatever face she has on her, there’s never a dull day where Tracy Barlow’s concerned, is there?!