Report Reveals ‘Class-Shaped Hole’ in UK Acting Industry

33 days ago | Backstage

Tracy Brabin has been Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire since 2016 after a by-election triggered by the murder of Jo Cox. She considers herself part of “the exciting influx of Labour MPs in the last year, most of whom have done other jobs”. Tracy’s other job was as an actor, coming to the Labour Party after a 20 year career; breaking through in the 1989 comedy-drama “A Bit of a Do”, becoming a regular in “Coronation Street”, “Emmerdale” and “Eastenders” and later writing for “Tracey Beaker”, “Heartbeat” and “Shameless”. Last month the results of her and fellow MP Gloria de Piero’s inquiry into access and diversity in the acting industry were published, evidencing what many have known for some time: “There is a class-shaped hole in the industry”. Backstage spoke to Tracy from the Houses of Parliament about the report, an important production of “Les Mis


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Movies & TV

A Bit of a Do (1989)
Coronation Street (1960)
Emmerdale (1972)
Eastenders (1985)
Heartbeat (1992)
Shameless (2004)

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Tracy Brabin
Gloria de Piero