Katy was born in Guildford and grew up in London, daughter of sports writer and campaigner J.L. Manning OBE. She trained as a dancer which ended with a devastating car accident aged 15. After a two-year recovery Katy visited her family in New York where she was offered a five-year contract with MGM but with parental advice decided it wiser to learn her craft. Katy attended The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Katy’s long career began with ’Softly Softly Taskforce’, this was followed by the ground breaking series for ITV written by John Braine ’Man At The Top ‘. She was given the juvenile lead of Julia opposite Kenneth Haigh. While making this Katy was chosen from several hundred hopefuls to play Josephine Grant in ’Doctor Who’ with the unforgettable Jon Pertwee. After three fantastic years Katy left ’Doctor Who’, whereupon the brilliant, innovative Director Douglas Camfield cast her in two very different and edgy roles. In ITV’s ’Armchair Theatre – The Golden Road’ (shown a few years ago at the BFI as part of an important 70’s Drama season) and then as the drug addicted teen Joanne in the BBC series ’Target’ with Patrick Mower.
This was followed by her first film written by Michael Pertwee, ’Don’t Just Lie There Say Something’ as little Miss Damina, Starring Brian Rix, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims and Joanna Lumley. And for BBC Wales comedy series ‘Are you making any Money?’ starring Stan Stennett MBE.