Michael "Mike" Milligan MBE is a main character in The Dumping Ground. He was the Head Care Worker at Ashdene Ridge and was often put in awkward situations by some of The Dumping Ground kids. He appeared for the first series of The Story of Tracy Beaker, returned in the fifth series and stayed for all of Tracy Beaker Returns and the first seven series of The Dumping Ground.


Mike is a very kind and generous person. He cares about all of the kids that get put under his care and strives to help them in any way possible. Mike is also very stressed, as he is put under a lot of pressure to keep the Dumping Ground kids out of trouble, which doesn't always prove to be the easiest of tasks.

Physical Appearance

Mike wears quite relaxed clothes. He usually wears a t-shirt with an unbuttoned shirt over it. He occasionally wears glasses around his neck, which he uses when he is working on a computer. Mike is turning bald.


Before the Show

Mike has been a care worker for a very long time, having previously worked at Stowey House with Tracy Beaker.

Series 1


Series 2


Series 3


Series 4


Series 5



  • He is the former Head Care Worker at Elm Tree House
  • He is the Head Care Worker at The Dumping Ground
  • In Esme (episode) Mike had a pain in his tummy
  • To everyone at The Dumping Ground he is a dad to them
  • He is the longest-running character in the Tracy Beaker series and was the longest-running character in The Dumping Ground; with Tyler Lewis and Jody Jackson until he left.
  • Mike acts as a father figure to many characters by always being there when their families can't.
  • In Series 1 of TSOTB, he was a normal Care Worker. Then in Series 5 of the show, he was acting Head Care Worker; before becoming the official Head Care Worker. He continued his role from TBR.
  • His last name is regularly mistaken as "mulligan".
  • He left on the first series of TSOTB, to become an emergency replacement at a different care home.
  • Mike is portrayed by Connor Byrne in all series he has appeared in.
  • In the credits of Series 3 episode 12, his character is written as Mike MBE. In the next episode, it is back to Mike.
  • Mike is the only character (as well as Connor Byrne being the only actor) to appear in all ''Tracy Beaker'' related TV Shows - "The Story of Tracy Beaker", ''Tracy Beaker Returns'' and ''[[The Dumping Ground]]".
  • In Series 7: 24. 'The Last Dance', Mike resigns to go and live with his Mum and Identical Twin Brother in Ireland. Care Worker May-Li Wang is thought to have taken over as Head Care Worker, replacing Mike.
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