Christian Manon was born and grew up in France. He arrived in Australia in 1977. Madame Zora Semberova, who took part in his training, was of the greatest influence.
In 1982 he joined Sidetrack Theatre Company, for two years and six productions, become a most influential member of this pioneering multicultural theatre. Christian took the lead in Da Vinci Was Right for Jean-Pierre Mignon’s Anthill Theatre. Then, Jean-Pierre Mignon directed him in several STC’s successful productions of French classics. So did Barrie Kosky, for his STC’s Tartuffe. Under Barrie Kosky’s direction he also appeared in Bell/Shakespeare Company’s King Lear. He performed alongside Geoffrey Rush in Les Enfants du Paradis for Company B, toured Australia and New Zealand with Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills in Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels for John Frost. Christian has also performed alongside Steve Bisley, Angela Punch-McGregor,Julie Forsyth, Barrie Otto, Cate Blanchett, Vincent Perez, David Wenham, Jacek Koman, Melita Jurisic, Mitchell Butel, John Bell, John Gaden, amongst others.
Feature film credits include: Young Einstein, The Punisher, Oscar and Lucinda, Babe II, Mission: Impossible 2 and Queen of the Damned.
Christian appeared in many short films and most memorably in the multi-award winner cult film Down Rusty Down by John Curran with Noah Taylor, Tex Perkins and Bob Ellis.
A long string of television appearances began with the iconic Bodyline, A Difficult Woman, Bondi Banquet.
Christian lent his voice to nineteen ABC/Radio National programs along the years and to other TV and film productions, most recently for the movie Killer Elite with Robert de Niro.
Christian’s singing range is baritone.