Sarah Manners

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Sarah Manners
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Manners at the 2011 Inside Soap Awards.
Born Sarah Manners
(1975-08-25) 25 August 1975 (age 41)
Birmingham, England
Nationality British
Education King Edward VI Handsworth
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Notable work See below
Television Doctors
Spouse(s) Ben O'Sullivan (m. 2003–09)[1]
Parent(s) David Manners[1]

Sarah Manners (born 25 August 1975) is an English actress, best known for her role as Joanna Helm in the BBC soap opera Doctors.


Manners began her career in 1997, appearing in one episode of the BBC soap opera EastEnders. In 2000, Manners received the role of Joanna Helm in the BBC soap opera Doctors. Of her role she said, "I got the best storylines in the world in Doctors, my nan died of a brain tumour then it came out I killed her. I went mad and was addicted to anti-depressants, forged signatures and tried to kill myself".[2] She later went on to appear in K.C. Gregory in Sky One's Mile High and Bex Reynolds in the BBC medical drama Casualty. In 2004, it was announced that Manners was to participate in the second series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. She was paired with dancer Brendan Cole and the pair finished in sixth place. She starred in a reconstruction for a documentary called True Crime Stories: Tracey Andrews – Blood on her hands. She played Tracy Andrews alongside James Daffern in 2002.

Manners appeared in ITV1's The Bill, as Kirsty Knight.[1] After six months on-screen it was announced that the show was to be cancelled.[1] Of this she said, "I’m heartbroken. Not just for myself, but for everyone on the show. It’s a real loss for the industry. Everyone is really upset about it". All the big wigs came down to break the news to us at a meeting. We knew straight away when we saw the look on their faces. But what can you do? C’est la vie! I’ve had a fabulous time and we’re trying to remain positive. We’ve enjoyed every last minute of filming and had a laugh. I’m proud to be part of the last cast of The Bill".[1] Of her time on the show she said, "I loved all the action and the stunts on The Bill, and the subject matter – it’s a lot more serious than some of the TV I’ve done. In Casualty I had a rape storyline, but mainly I’ve been the light relief, so this has been a nice change".[1]

Personal life[edit]

Manners was educated at King Edward VI Handsworth, Birmingham.[3]

She married computer salesman Ben O'Sullivan, in 2003 at Lickey, Worcestershire. Manners revealed in an interview that the two had divorced in 2009. She said, "We spent 10 years together and are still close. He’s a lovely man".[1]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Job Lot Jane 1 episode
2010 The Bill Kirsty Knight 19 episodes
2009 To Cancer and Beyond Alexandra 1 episode
2006 Mayo Laurie Voss
2003–05 Casualty Bex Reynolds 107 episodes
2004 Holby City 1 episode
2003 Mile High K.C. Gregory 12 episodes
The Afternoon Play Dawn 1 episode
2001 Combat Sheep Unknown
Hollyoaks: Movin' On Sam Marsden
2002 Real Crime Tracie Andrews 1 episode
2000–01 Doctors Joanna Helm 157 episodes
1998 Touch and Go Sue 1 episode
Sugar, Sugar Sugar Sugar
1997 EastEnders Airport Attendant


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