As Tracy Beaker, Dani Harmer has performed probably the most iconic roles in kids’s TV for practically twenty years.
CBBC says her most up-to-date three-part collection, My Mum Tracy Beaker, has been its most profitable programme launch ever.
But Dani says abusive online comments she’s obtained about her look has taken among the shine off its success.
“It shouldn’t affect me but I’m a human being,” she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
Although she says the overwhelming majority of opinions have been optimistic, a small minority are “horrible” and are those she thinks about when she goes to mattress.
“I am an actor and I’m used to criticism. But that doesn’t mean a random person can sit behind their keyboard and let me know that I’m fat.”
Dani was 13 when she debuted as Tracy Beaker in 2002, at a time when social media barely existed.
“I was so lucky because I don’t know if my skin would have been thick enough to have dealt with it back then.”
She’s urging individuals to be kinder on social platforms and says it is taken her a very long time to seek out her voice and “speak up things I don’t agree with”.
“Social media should be such a positive place but at the moment I don’t want to even open my phone. I’ve just got such bad anxiety that someone’s going to say something.
“Life is tough sufficient as it’s. Let’s unfold some positivity and never make it more durable for one another. We do not need a repeat of what occurred to Caroline Flack. She was such a stunning girl.”
She understands that sometimes people are “attempting to get an increase” out of her but it’s hard “to not reply again”.
“I’m 32 now. I am unable to even think about what youthful individuals should undergo.”
Although if we’re talking about Tracy, you can imagine the two words she’d say to those people: “BOG OFF.”
In the latest series, Tracy’s 10-year-old daughter Jess deals with the arrival of her mum’s new boyfriend Sean, played by Jordan Duvigneau.
Dani’s now a parent herself and admits that although it completely changes you as a person you “actually do not lose your true self”.
“I knew I needed to maintain Tracy precisely how she was however I additionally needed to indicate she had matured and was being much less egocentric.
“Since I’ve been doing this, it’s always been nice to have a strong female character on kids’ TV. She’s bossy, sassy and knows exactly what she wants.”
The followers additionally went into overdrive when she got here nose to nose with her previous nemesis from the foster house Justine Littlewood, performed by Montanna Thompson.
The BBC says on iPlayer, My Mum Tracy Beaker was streamed 2.1m instances in its first three days of availability (12-14 February).
“I never expected those numbers,” says Dani.
“I’ve been so overwhelmed I can barely speak.”