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Jenny Sixsmith was a childhood friend of Dawn Acton and had trained at the Oldham Theatre Workshop. Both girls auditioned to take over the role of Tracy Barlow in 1988 after Holly Chamarette had vacated the role but Dawn won out. Nevertheless Jenny did appear in Coronation Street on several occasions from February 1989 to May 1990 as Donna Cox, a friend of Tracy's. From June 1990 to February 1993 she appeared as an almost identical character named Debbie Dawson after which Jenny appears to have given up acting as a vocation.