Tracie Bennett

Tracie Bennett was born in Lancashire in 1961, however she moved to London to train at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. She has established herself as an actress in stage as well as on television.

Bennett’s theatre career began at the Savoy Theatre in 1994, where she appeared in She Loves Me, a performance which won her the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical. She later appeared in the Olivier award winning show, Honk!, playing the role of Ida. In 2003 she was nominated for another Olivier Award for her performance in High Society. Her success continued in her 2005 performance as Irma Brookes in Sex, Chips and Rock ‘n’ Roll at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, where she was nominated for a TMA Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. She returned to the West End in 2006 in the London production of Les Miserables, playing the role of Madam Thenardier at the Queen’s Theatre. The following year she took on the role of Velma Von Tussle in the West End premiere of Hairspray at Shaftesbury Theatre, winning her second Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical.

Bennett then played Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow, which premiered at Northmapton’s Royal Theatre and then was transferred to the West End, receiving rave reviews. The show then transferred again, this time to Broadway in 2012, where she received a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play, and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award.

As well as theatre, Bennett is also well known for her roles in television, namely her various roles in Casualty, Next of Kin, Joking Apart, Burn It and New Tricks. Her most known television role was as Sharon Gaskell in Coronation Street from 1982 to 1999 where she filmed 173 episodes.

In 2016 Bennett returns to the West End, playing Laura Henderson in the musical Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noel Coward Theatre. This performance received 4 star reviews and Bennett was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards 2016.

as Laura Henderson in Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2016

as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow at Trafalgar Studios One in 2010

London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Mrs Henderson Presents Laura Henderson Noel Coward 2016






End of the Rainbow Judy Garland Trafalgar Studios One 2010 Review
La Cage Aux Folles Jacqueline Playhouse 2008 Review
Hairspray Velma Von Tussle Shaftesbury 2007 Review
Les Miserables Madame Thenardier Queen's 2006  
High Society Liz Open Air Regent's Park 2003 Review
Cash on Delivery Linda Swan Whitehall 1996 Review
She Loves Me Ilona Ritter Savoy 1994  


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