Tracy Shaw was born 27th July, 1973 in Belper. She is an English actress who played Maxine Peacock on Coronation Street for almost eight years from May 1995 to January 2003. One of the soap's top pin-ups in her day, Shaw's character was included in a number of love affairs with likes of Steve McDonald, Des Barnes, Greg Kelly, doctor Matt Ramsden and even Curly Watts. Maxine was then finally married off in a surprise union with butcher Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold) in 1999. Shaw eventually took the decision to quit the series in late 2002 but not due to pay refusals as reported, but rather because she felt Maxine had simply come to the end of the road. Maxine subsequently met her maker as one of the victims of serial killer Richard Hillman (Brian Capron) early the following year. Her death brought in strong ratings for the soap, with over 17 million viewers tuning in.

In 1998, Shaw embarked on a short-lived pop career. Her debut single Happenin' All Over Again peaked at No.46 in the UK charts.

After leaving the Street in 2003, she became the face of supermarket Kwik Save, and went on a 17-week tour with Jason Connery in the play The Blue Room. In 2007 she played Miranda Power in BBC3's drama series Grease Monkeys, and has also portrayed minor roles in Mile High, Doctors and Casualty. In 2012 she briefly reprised the role of Maxine in the form of a ghost as part of a charity sketch for Text Santa.

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