Jacqueline Wilson says Tracy Beaker's foster mum Cam is 'clearly gay'

Jacqueline Wilson says Tracy Beaker's foster mum Cam is 'clearly gay'

11/03/2020

Jacqueline Wilson says that ‘anybody reading between the lines’ in early Tracy Beaker books can see that her foster mum Cam is ‘clearly gay’

  • Jacqueline Wilson, 74, has told how Cam Law in Tracy Beaker is ‘clearly gay’
  • Story follows Tracy living in children’s residential care home nicknamed ‘Dumping Ground’
  •  The author came out as gay earlier this year and pointed out it is ‘old news’

Jacqueline Wilson has told how anybody ‘reading between the lines’ can see that a character in her hit Tracy Beaker books is ‘clearly gay.’

The iconic children’s author, 74, has spoken out about her popular Tracy Beaker series, confirming that Tracy’s adoptive mum Cam Law, played by Lisa Coleman, is gay.

Jacqueline’s breakthrough in children’s literature was with The Story of Tracy Beaker back in 1991, which followed Tracy living in a children’s residential care home nicknamed the ‘Dumping Ground,’ before getting fostered by author Cam. 

‘Anybody reading between the lines in the early Tracy Beaker books [would see that] her foster mum Cam, is to my mind, clearly gay,’ she explained, speaking to The Independent.

Jacqueline Wilson, 74, has revealed that character how Cam Law in Tracy Beaker is ‘clearly gay.’ Pictured, the writer attending a screening at Vue West End on March 8 2020 in London

The iconic children’s author told how when Tracy is grown up and has a daughter of her own, Cam (pictured, played by Lisa Coleman) gets herself a very nice girlfriend

‘In the older books, when Tracy is grown up and has a daughter of her own, Cam gets herself a very nice girlfriend. I thought it was time she had a bit of fun in her life too.’ 

The novel, and subsequent TV series, dealt with hard-hitting themes including fostering, neglect and social services. 

Dani Harmer, who played the character in 2002 when she was just 12-years-old, is set to reprise her role as the feisty Tracy Beaker in a new BBC series, which sees the former tearaway teen as a single mother to a 12-year-old daughter.

The actress, 31, will star in the BBC iPlayer series, My Mum Tracy Beaker, early next year, which sees Tracy raising her daughter Jess.

‘I don’t want an “absolutely everything is quite wonderful” ending – after all, at the start of the first book Tracy herself says life isn’t a fairy story where everyone lives happily ever after,’ explained Jacqueline.

‘I’m dealing with adults leading adult lives, and I want to be truthful to all that. But she is my lucky character… and I have a soft spot for her, too.’ 

Jacqueline’s breakthrough in children’s literature was with The Story of Tracy Beaker (pictured) back in 1991, which followed Tracy living in a children’s residential care home nicknamed the ‘Dumping Ground,’ before getting fostered by author Cam

Jacqueline Wilson came out as gay earlier this year and made the announcement in The Guardian as she pointed out it is ‘old news’ to those around her but she wanted to go public ahead of releasing Love Frankie, her new gay love story.

After the dissolution of her marriage to police officer William Millar Wilson, who she wed in 1965 and split from in 2004, Jacqueline met her partner Trish Beswick at a party and the couple have lived together for 18 years.

Speaking to the publication, she said: ‘I’ve never really been in any kind of closet. It would be such old news for anybody that has ever known anything much about me. Even the vaguest acquaintance knows perfectly well that we are a couple’.

In 2017, Jacqueline said of her marriage to William: ‘My marriage was OK, but my ex-husband and I didn’t have an enormous amount in common.’

Following the split, the iconic author mused over the demise of their marriage, saying: ‘For many years I stuck it out because that is what you did…

‘Although in actual fact, my husband eventually left me. We’re still relatively friendly and the last 20 years since we’ve been separated have been wonderful.’

Jacqueline and William share daughter Emma, a 53-year-old academic. Speaking of her love for her daughter, she previously said: ‘Emma is the love of my life…I adore her. I’ve been so lucky. We’ve always been close and now she’s grown up we’re still great friends. I had Emma when I was very young…

‘We chat on the phone every day now and recommend books to each other and meet whenever we can go shopping and see an exhibition.’ 

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