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17 Adorable Truths About Katy Manning

1. Catherine Ann “Katy” Manning In 2009 Manning moved back to the UK to pursue new acting work and currently lives in London.

2. As a result of a car accident she spent a year in hospital at sixteen. At eighteen she went to America where she was offered a five-year contract with MGM.

3. Returning to Great Britain, Manning trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, then joined a Wolverhampton repertory company and made her debut in Man At The Top .

4. Manning struck up an immediate rapport with her co-stars, Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney .

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. In October 2010, Manning reprised her role as Jo Jones in the fourth series of the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures with Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor.

8. In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five Doctors Reboot.

9. After leaving Dr Who, Manning presented her own ten-part TV series for the BBC on crafts, entitled Serendipity shown in the daytime schedules.

10. She was reunited with Jon Pertwee in 1978, when she appeared in Whodunnit? on ITV, at the time Pertwee was chairing the panel.

11. In 1977, she controversially appeared topless as a junkie in the hard hitting crime drama Target, her last drama role on the BBC other than as Jo Grant-Jones in The Sarah Jane Adventures until Casualty in 2015.

12. In Australia she appeared in the play Run for Your Wife , and the production toured the country.

13. Other members of the cast in the production were Jack Smethurst, David McCallum and Eric Sykes.

14. She has also appeared in the low-budget film noir When Darkness Falls directed by Australian documentary filmmaker Rohan Spong.

15. 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.

16. She also appeared as Susan Payne in the 2014 supernatural gangster film Evil Never Dies starring Tony Scannell and Graham Cole.

17. In 2009 Katy returned to the UK as part of her one-woman show Me and Jezebel.

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