Tracy Shaw (born 28 July 1973, Belper, Derbyshire) is a British actress and singer.
She is best known for her role as hairdresser Maxine Peacock (formerly Maxine Heavey) in British soap opera Coronation Street during the 1990s and early 2000s.
Her best known work at present is hairdresser Maxine Peacock in the long-running, popular British soap opera Coronation Street which is set and filmed in Manchester, England.However,Shaw came into conflict with the show's bosses after they tried to cut her pay by 20,000 pounds a year and she bowed out from her famous role as a result. Shaws's character met a tragic and unfortunate end in the episode screened on 13 January 2003, when she was murdered by Richard Hillman (played by Brian Capron).
She has also appeared in numerous ITV dramas. In 2003 Shaw appeared as Sally in the stage play The Blue Room, starring alongside Jason Connery.
She also had a short lived pop career in 1998, releasing two singles on the PWL Records label, "Riding High" and "Happening All Over Again".
She married Robert Ashworth in June 2001, but a series of early problems occurred including a row on a return flight from the Caribbean having been filming ITV1's Wish You Were Here. In 2003, her father Karl Shaw was featured in an article in the News of the World, and said that Shaw survived on "three bottles of wine and a packet of crisps a day". He also said that if "she carries on this way it will kill her". She made moves to turn her life around including spending two months in rehab in the United States and leaving her husband. Before this she had set up an eating disorder charity called 'The Tracy Shaw Foundation' which helps teenagers combat eating disorders, as she had struggled with anorexia during the 1990s, and at one stage her weight plunged below six stone.
Her marriage ended in divorce in 2004, and Shaw set up home with and subsequently became engaged to childhood friend and businessman Ashley Poundall, the son of her mother Anne's partner of eight years, Colin. The couple currently live in Caversham, Berkshire and have two sons Louis (born March 2005), and Luca (born September 2006). Shaw plans to return to stage or screen when the children are a little older. Tracy's maternal grandfather Edward Duffy hailed from Coatbridge in Scotland and she still has a number of family members living in the area.
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