July 19, 2010 Guest Lady Tracy Worcester

Listen to program. July 19, 2010 – Guest Lady Tracy Worcester – Tracy Louise Ward, Marchioness of Worcester, frequently referred to as Tracy Worcester (born 22 December 1958 in London, England) is a former actress, now an environmental campaigner. She is a daughter of the Hon. Peter Ward (a younger son of the third Earl of Dudley and formerly chairman of the family business, Baggeridge Brick PLC) and his first wife, Clare Baring, the only child of Giles Baring. She is the sister of British actress Rachel Ward and also has one brother and two half-brothers. Her great-grandfather, William Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley, was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in the early twentieth century, and then Governor General of Australia. He was the son of Georgina Ward, Countess of Dudley. Tracy Ward grew up on her father’s estate at Cornwell, in Oxfordshire. After gaining three ‘A’-levels, she went to Paris as a model, and then to work at Christie’s in New York, first as a secretary and later as an art dealer. In her early twenties, she trained for an acting career at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, London, and the London Drama School. As an actress, she is best remembered for her role as Tessa Robinson in the 1980s television detective series C.A.T.S. Eyes and as the first Miss Scarlett in the television drama game show Cluedo. She also had a part in the Doctor Who serial Timelash. Her theatre credits include: Our Day Out (Nottingham Playhouse) and Intimacy (Cafe Theatre). In 1987, Tracy Ward married Henry Somerset, Marquess of Worcester, a farmer and chartered surveyor who is heir to the Duke of Beaufort. They have three children, Robert, Earl of Glamorgan (1989), Lady Isabella Somerset (1991), and Lord Alexander Somerset (1995). In 1989, Tracy Worcester began working with Friends of the Earth. Since then, she has been active in green politics as Patron of the International Society for Ecology and Culture, a Trustee of the Gaia Foundation, the Schumacher Society and the Bath Environment Centre, Patron of the UK’s Soil Association, and as a member of the advisory board of The Ecologist magazine and a member of the International Forum on Globalisation. She was also a member of the Referendum Party, opposed to greater European union.

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