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Where is She now? Doctor Who’s Katy Manning

Where is She now? Doctor Who’s Katy Manning

Surrey-born Katy, 70, who lives in London, has twins J.J. and Georgie from a former relationship with actor Dean Harris.

In a stage and screen career spanning 50 years, she has returned to play Jo Grant, and other Doctor Who characters on audio and will star in Not A Well Woman on stage next year.

“I was born with severe myopia and little periphery sight, which was not discovered until I was six years old. My oddness as a child gave me a love of voices and at an early age I found I was able to do some funny voices – including Popeye! 

“My life changed considerably after a serious car accident, which took years of reconstructive surgery and pinned bones in both legs. It ended my dancing dreams.  

“I stayed with my sister in New York where I was offered a five-year contract with MGM, but with my parents’ advice, I returned to England to attend drama school.  

“Afterwards, I landed the juvenile lead in the ground-breaking TV series Man At The Top with Kenneth Haigh.

“I adored working with Jon on Doctor Who and the chemistry between us worked from day one. It was a truly happy family affair with the whole team.  

“Jo was a terrific character to play – a determined, gutsy, funny, clumsy little girl who was passionate about the Doctor to the point of offering her life for his.  

“As audiences grew, I was thrown into a life of constant recognition and press attention – something we weren’t prepared for in those days.  

“I left when the time was right because I thought it was good for the Doctor’s companion to change.

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