Artist / Tracy Shaw
Shaw was born into the hotel and pub trade, at the time when her parents ran the Talbot Hotel in Belper, Derbyshire. She attended Saint Ralph Sherwin Comprehensive School (now Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy) in Derby, learnt classical dance at Hilda Davis School of Dance, Belper and went to the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester in 1990, where she got a degree in theatre studies.
Her best known work was as Maxine in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. However, Shaw came into conflict with the show's bosses after they reportedly tried to cut her pay by £20,000 a year and she bowed out from her role as a result. Shaw's character met a tragic end in the episode screened on 13 January 2003, when she was murdered by Richard Hillman (played by Brian Capron).
Since the birth of her children Shaw has made the occasional return to acting and has performed in several national tours including Mum's the Word (2010) and Busy Body (2011), as well as lead roles in pantomimes in Worthing and Southsea.