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Hugh Gardner Manning (19 August 1920 – 18 August 2004) was an English film, radio and television actor.[1] He is best remembered as the Reverend Donald Hinton, in the soap opera Emmerdale Farm, a role he played from 1977 until 1989. He also starred in the tv series Mrs Thursday, alongside Kathleen Harrison in 1966, playing a suave and imperturbable business adviser, which also carried over into popular tv commercials where his character endorsed the qualities of Robinsons barley water.[2] He regularly played Inspector Vosper in the BBC radio detective series, Paul Temple.

Hugh Manning
Actor Hugh Manning.jpg
Hugh Gardner Manning

(1920-08-19)19 August 1920
Birmingham, England
Died18 August 2004(2004-08-18) (aged 83)
London, England

Early lifeEdit

Hugh Gardner Manning was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire in 1920 and educated at Moseley Grammar School. He began his career as a trainee accountant, before joining the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and becoming an actor.[3] He was an active member of the actor's union Equity, serving as its President in 1975, and an active supporter of the Labour Party

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Hugh Manning". BFI.
  2. ^ "Hugh Manning". The Independent. 2004-08-26.
  3. ^ Eric Shorter (2004-09-15). "Obituary: Hugh Manning". the Guardian.

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