How Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer hid her pregnancy – from hiding behind handbags to mocktails in pics

How Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer hid her pregnancy – from hiding behind handbags to mocktails in pics


DANI Harmer fans were thrilled when she announced she was set to have baby number two with partner Simon Brough.

But the 32-year-old, who is best known for playing Tracy Beaker, managed to hide her pregnancy with a few photo tricks on Instagram.

In one snap posted just three days ago, Dani is seen out for drinks with her mum, but is actually sipping on a mocktail.

The actress also used a handbag to hide her growing bump.

The amount of photos she posts has also slowed down since she found out she was pregnant.

Dani shared her happy news today alongside a picture of her baby scan and daughter Avarie-Belle Betsy.

She told her followers: “Han Solo had Chewie. Frodo had Sam. Shrek had Donkey.

“Now be prepared for the adventures of Avarie-Belle and as of yet unnamed bump, coming February 2022 (hopefully not to a cinema near you).”

Dani and Simon had their first child in 2016.

They previously revealed they wouldn't be getting married until their daughter was old enough.

Simon said: "We don't want to get married just because we're having a baby. Dani wants the little one to walk up the aisle with us, so we'll have to wait a fair few years for that."

The actress recently 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 TV revealed the devastating effect online bullying had on her mental health and explained the commentsmade 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.

"It's kind of the reason why [the show] got such big viewing ratings – social media was kind of getting the word out there," she said.

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

Dani revealed the main reason was the abuse she faced due to her weight – most notably in 2012 when she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.

"I was a size six when I was on Strictly. I don't think you could get that much smaller – but obviously I'm five foot. So my size six isn't going to look like a blooming five foot ten model.

"It's very different. I'm squashed. I'm little and it doesn't look the same right?"

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