27 May 1979
After leaving Art college where he studied Fine Art photography Manning joined Models One where he worked with legendary photographer Bruce Weber on an Abercrombie and Fitch Campaign. He also worked on many commercials including "Pepsi" directed by Michael Bay.
Manning started his acting career in an ITV soap opera Night and Day playing Sam Armstrong. Manning won the 2002 British Soap Awards "Hero of the Year" award for that role. He played Mark Thompson in Holby City before joining the cast of Hollyoaks in 2004. After five years of playing the role of Russell Owen, Manning decided to quit the soap. He left the series in an emotional storyline that saw him kidnap his baby son Max and leave for France.
Manning appeared in the UK tour of A Passionate Woman alongside Kaye Mellor and Anthony Lewis in 2011.
In 2012 he played Dwight Worker in the episode "Black Palace Of Horrors" of the TV show Banged Up Abroad.