Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer forced to pull out of panto after suffering 'concussion' | The Sun

TRACY Beaker star Dani Harmer has revealed that she's been forced to pull of the Beauty and the Beast pantomime show after falling ill. 

Dani – who is best known and loved for her role as in the CBBC show and the continuation series The Dumping Ground – told fans the sad news on Wednesday.

The former Strictly star, who is currently playing Fairy Bon Bon at Mansfield Palace Theatre in Nottingham, said she had suffered a concussion and was ordered by doctors to rest.

She wrote on her Instagram Stories: "Absolutely gutted not to be able to do the shows today.

"I have a concussion, so under doctors orders to rest until I feel less dizzy and nauseous.

"Sending love and fairy dust to the amazing Shannon Lockey who I know will make the most magical Fairy Bon Bon.



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"You guys are in for a real treat.

"And I will be back as soon as humanely possible."

The TV star updated fans again this afternoon and said she was still suffering with dizzy spells.

She wrote: "Sorry to not be doing the shows again today.

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"I'm still not doing well. Still dizzy and nauseous. But hoping another day of rest will sort me out.

"Shannon Lockey is looking after my wings while I'm away and you're in for a treat as she is fabulous, so make sure you give her a nice big cheer.

"Hope to be back very soon."

Last month, Dani shared photos of her dressed in a pink fairy costume while on stage.

She captioned it: "The many emotions and faces of Fairy Bon Bon. Having a fab time in Beauty & The Beast at Mansfield Palace still a few tickets left! So come see us before we close on December 31st."

Dani is no stranger to Mansfield having performed in Easter pantomime The Wizard of Oz here in both 2013 and 2019.

She previously said: "I love Beauty and the Beast. It is one of my favourite stories and I am really excited about playing Fairy Bon Bon at Mansfield this year.

"It is my first Christmas in Mansfield so can’t wait to spend some festive times there. Hope to see you all at the theatre!”

Last year Dani showed off her trim figure in a pale pink jumpsuit and white T-shirt as she partied with pals – admitting she didn’t feel “mum guilt” for once.

Alongside the snap of her with her friends, Dani wrote: “Best day with these gorgeous ladies!

“Felt so good to be out the house and for once just letting my hair down with no mum guilt!”

The actress gave birth in February 2022 to her second child with partner Simon Brough last month – with the couple choosing to name the tot Rowan Leon James.

Dani is also mum to Avarie-Belle Betsy, five.

She revealed in March that she was unable to breastfeed her baby boy because he had tongue tie.

Tongue tie, where the strip of tissue attaching the tongue to the floor of the mouth is shorter than usual.

This may result in the tongue having a heart-shaped appearance but can also prompt difficulties latching on to mum in the breastfeeding process, which the star said she had experienced.

Last year Dani returned to TV for a special three-part series My Mum Tracy Beaker. 

From 2002 to 2012, she starred in five series of The Story of Tracy Beaker, as well as a feature-length film Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me, and three series of Tracy Beaker Returns.

Her return to TV was however overshadowed by cruel trolling over her size-ten figure.

The star revealed the devastating effect online bullying had on her mental health and explained the comments made her want to quit social media.

After CBBC celebrated their most successful programme launch ever with My Mum Tracey Beaker, Dani slammed Instagram despite admitting it "got the word out" about the show.

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"But I personally wouldn't have social media if it wasn't so important now for kind of getting the message out there."

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