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Tracy Brabin was born on 9th May 1961 in Batley, Yorkshire. She played two roles on Coronation Street - first, the minor part of Chloe in December 1989 and then the regular part of Tricia Armstrong from March 1994 to May 1997.

Brabin graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Drama and worked extensively in the theatre although prior to the role of Tricia, she had a major part in the Yorkshire Television series A Bit of a Do as David Jason's girlfriend.

As well as appearing in many popular television series, she is also a writer contributing scripts for series such as Shameless, Heartbeat and Family Affairs.

Brabin was also a regular on a batch of television advertisements for Sainsbury's, and was selected on 23 September 2016 as the Labour Party candidate to succeed the murdered MP Jo Cox, who died on 16 June 2016. Brabin was elected as the MP for the Batley and Spen constituency at the by-election on 20th October 2016. She was re-elected at the general election held the following year, with a majority of 8,961 votes.