Katy Manning

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Katy Manning
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Katy Manning at The Television & Movie Store, Norwich, England, on 17 January 2009.
BornCatherine Ann Manning
(1946-10-14) 14 October 1946 (age 67)
Guildford, Surrey, England
OccupationActress/Director
Known forJo Grant in Doctor Who
Partner(s)Dean Harris (?-1981)
Barry Crocker (1990-2010)[1]
Children2
Website
http://www.katymanning.com/
 
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Katy Manning
KatyManning.JPG
Katy Manning at The Television & Movie Store, Norwich, England, on 17 January 2009.
BornCatherine Ann Manning
(1946-10-14) 14 October 1946 (age 67)
Guildford, Surrey, England
OccupationActress/Director
Known forJo Grant in Doctor Who
Partner(s)Dean Harris (?-1981)
Barry Crocker (1990-2010)[1]
Children2
Website
http://www.katymanning.com/

Catherine Ann "Katy" Manning (born 14 October 1946, Guildford, Surrey, England[2][3]) is an English actress best known for her part as the companion Jo Grant in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.[4] She has also made many theatre appearances, and is now an Australian citizen.[5] In 2009 Manning moved back to the UK to pursue new acting work and currently lives in London.

Early life[edit]

Manning's father was sports columnist J. L. Manning OBE. As the result of a car accident she spent a year in hospital at sixteen.[6] At eighteen she went to America where she was offered a five-year contract with MGM. Returning to Great Britain, Manning trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art,[7] then joined a Wolverhampton repertory company and made her debut in Man At The Top (1970).

Career[edit]

Doctor Who[edit]

She played the part of Jo Grant (1971–73) alongside Jon Pertwee's incarnation of the Doctor. Manning struck up an immediate rapport with her co-stars, Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), John Levene (Sergeant Benton), Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates) and Roger Delgado (the Master). Fans of Doctor Who often refer to these characters as the UNIT family — UNIT, the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, being the fictional United Nations organisation that the Doctor worked for.

Manning's connection with "Doctor Who" continues: she voices Jo Grant in the Companion Chronicles Audio Adventures, and she is also the voice of the Time Lord Iris Wildthyme in several of the Big Finish Productions audio plays. In 2005, Manning also appeared in Doctor Who — Inside The TARDIS with two of the Doctors, Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker, who spoke of their experiences with the long-running show.[8]

In October 2010, Manning reprised her role as Jo Jones (née Grant) in the fourth series of the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures with Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. The two-part story, entitled 'Death of the Doctor', was written by former executive producer of the programme Russell T Davies.[9] She meets the Doctor again, and stars with her grandchild (one of twelve, soon to be thirteen) Santiago Jones. In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.[10]

With the deaths of Elisabeth Sladen in April 2011 and Caroline John in June 2012, Manning is the last surviving actress to have played a female companion of the Third Doctor. Other surviving companions during the Pertwee era are John Levene and Richard Franklin.

Later career[edit]

Katy Manning wrote the TV series Private Wives[citation needed] and has been involved in other writing and directing projects.[11][12] In 1980, she toured in Peter Terson's 'VE Night' alongside Ian Cullen and Jane Goddard. In Australia she appeared in the play Run for Your Wife (1987–88), and the production toured the country. Other members of the cast in the production were Jack Smethurst, David McCallum and Eric Sykes. She has also appeared in the low-budget film noir When Darkness Falls (2005) directed by Australian documentary filmmaker Rohan Spong.[13]

In June and July 2007, she appeared as Yvette in the stage show 'Allo 'Allo! alongside Gorden Kaye as Rene Artois at Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane. Guy Siner and Sue Hodge also reprised their original roles from the television series, and the other characters were portrayed by famous Australian television actors including Steven Tandy and Jason Gann.[14]

In 2011, she appeared as Blodwyn Morgan, a Welsh busybody and clairvoyant, in the touring stage play 'Death by Fatal Murder'.[15] This was a Peter Gordon play, and part of the 'Inspector Pratt' trilogy.

Me and Jezebel at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe[edit]

In 2009 Katy returned to the UK as part of her one-woman show Me and Jezebel. The play is based on a true 1985 story about Bette Davis inviting herself to a fan's house for a night and staying for a month, with Manning playing all the parts.[16] It toured through March and April in England and also played at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe at the Gilded Balloon Wine Bar in August. The show received a five-star review in the Edinburgh Evening News, which described Manning as "one of Britain's best actresses". Manning also received two other four-star reviews and appeared on STV news promoting the show.

Personal life[edit]

Manning was born with myopia,[17] commonly known as nearsighted or shortsighted, which caused numerous injuries during the filming of Doctor Who. She has stated, "Once I tried to take the wrong children home from school!"[6]

She denies reports she was briefly married (for just two months) to Raynor Burton.[18] She told the UK's Radio Times:[6] "I've never been married."

Manning has twins (a son Jonathan and a daughter Georgina) born in 1979, with partner Dean Harris. The children were born premature and suffered health issues, which caused her to move to Australia where she met her long term partner, Barry Crocker.

In the 2012 Radio Times's interview[6] Manning said she returned to London three years ago although there was no mention of any break-up in their relationship.

"We've been together 26 years although we don't live together now. When you get older, you get to a point in your relationship that way outweighs all that needy s**t. I'm not a needy woman. I don't rely on other people for anything much. Relationships that last are ones where you accept the changes in each other, and can laugh. Life doesn't get easier but it does get funnier," she said.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

YearTitleRole
1970Softly, Softly: TaskforcePeggy
1971Mr. TumbleweedBride
1971Man at the TopJulia Dungarvon
1971-1973Doctor WhoJo Grant
1973Armchair TheatreAnna
1977TargetJoanne
1978"Whodunnit?"TBD (Episode: A Safe Way To Die)
2002All SaintsGreta Franck
2010The Sarah Jane AdventuresJo Jones (Jo Grant)
2013The Five(ish) Doctors RebootHerself

Film[edit]

YearTitleRole
1973Don't Just Lie There, Say Something!Damina
1975Eskimo NellHermione
1984Melvin, Son of AlvinEstelle
1986The QuestMrs. Cannon
2006When Darkness FallsMiss Harrington
2011Oakie's Outback AdventuresOakie

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/barry-crocker-and-priscilla-presley-get-cosy-in-la/story-e6frf96x-1226224471084
  2. ^ General Register Office for England and Wales. Birth Indices (Report) (5g ed.). Surrey, England: Parliament of the United Kingdom. p. 1388. "Birth: 1946, Dec Qtr, Catherine A Manning, mother's maiden surname Jenkins"
  3. ^ "Katy Manning - TV.com". TV.com. CBS Interactive. 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who - Classic Series - Companions - Jo Grant". BBC. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Fitzgerald, Anne (September 24, 2004). "24 September 2004". ABC. Tasmania, Australia: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d Mulkern, Patrick (April 25, 2012). ""I've been a naughty girl" - Doctor Who companion Katy Manning interviewed". Radio Times (London, England, United Kingdom: BBC Magazines). ISSN 0033-8060. OCLC 240905405. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Katy Manning Biography - TV.com". TV.com. CBS Interactive. 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ Baker, Jordan (29 July 2005). "The Doctor is in". The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media). ISSN 0312-6315. OCLC 226369741. Retrieved 29 July 2005. 
  9. ^ Marcus (September 17, 2010). "Doctor Who News: Sarah Jane - Death of the Doctor Preview". Doctor Who News. News in Time and Space. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot", BBC programmes, retrieved 26 November 2013
  11. ^ Fidler, Richard; Howson, Spencer (October 21, 2005). "Actress Katy Manning". ABC. Queensland, Australia: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  12. ^ Angelsax, Jerry (February 20, 2008). "Katy Manning". Cult TV. Ministry of Cineology. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  13. ^ Wolstencroft, Richard (2006). "MUFF Neu 777". Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Richard Wolstencroft. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ Milfull, Tim (June 23, 2007). "Theatre: ?Allo ?Allo - What Went Wrong Here, Then?". M/C Reviews. M/C - Media and Culture. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ Pratt, Steve (November 5, 2011). "Katy's still going bonkers". The Northern Echo. p. 25. 
  16. ^ Staff (August 7, 2009). "Who did Katy Manning do next? - Bette Davis". The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland: Johnston Press). ISSN 0307-5850. OCLC 614655655. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  17. ^ Murphy, George; Gorman, Gareth (2011). "Katy Manning". CulTV. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  18. ^ http://www.movopia.com/names/katy-manning-353829/

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