Leslie Phillips Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 April 1924Tottenham, London, England, UK
Birth NameLeslie Samuel Phillips
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A much-loved comic actor who has specialized in playing plummy, quintessentially English stereotypes, Leslie Phillips' heart was in acting from a very young age. He received elocution lessons as a child in order to lose his natural cockney accent (at that time a regional British accent was a major impediment to an aspiring actor) and he attended the Italia Conti School.

During the Second World War, he served with the Durham Light Infantry (1942-45) until he was invalided out suffering from shellshock. He returned to acting, and it was during the 1950s that he established himself as a notable player in British movies. His greatest claim to fame to this day are the "Doctor" series of movies, which he inherited from Dirk Bogarde. He also worked on radio, most notably 'The Navy Lark' for the BBC.

In later life, he returned to playing supporting roles and even appeared in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987). He continues to make cameo appearances in films and television and is a regular guest on British chat shows.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (3)

Zara Carr (20 December 2013 - present)
Angela Scoular (1982 - 11 April 2011) (her death)
Penelope Bartley (30 May 1948 - 1965) (divorced) (4 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Catchphrases "Helloooo" and "Ding dong!"

Trivia (19)

He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
Supports Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
Worked on the BBC radio comedy The Navy Lark with other famous British comic actors Jon Pertwee and Ronnie Barker.
His association with the catchphrase "Ding dong," said whenever he saw an attractive women, first started when he played Jack Bell in Carry on Nurse (1959).
Friends with actors Denholm Elliott and Jon Pertwee for many years, both of whom, like Phillips, had homes in Ibiza.
His favourite actor is Kenneth Connor.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.
Father, with Penelope Bartley, of daughters Caroline Phillips and Claudia Phillips, and sons Roger Phillips and Andrew Phillips.
Son of Frederick and Cecelia.
Has older brother, Fred and sister, Dorothy.
In 1936 his mother saw an advert in a paper for children required for a christmas show for Miss Italia Conti with whom he spent a few years at her stage school.
When age 14, he appeared in Otello and Turandot at Covent Garden.
Made his professional stage debut in 1937 at the London Palladium in 1937 as a wolf in Peter Pan starring Anna Neagle.
At age 18, he was called up for army service in the Royal Artillery and soon made a Lance Bombardier and sent for officer training becoming a 2nd Lieutenant and transferred to the Durham Light Infantry. A great deal of training with live ammunition caused him to suffer from a form of shell shock and after various light duties he was demobbed in the Autumn of 1944.
Considers Carry on Nurse to be his funniest film.
London W9, England [December 2007]
Suffered a stroke in 2014.
David Jason considers him a legend of British comedy.
Took over the role of the King of Spain in Carry on Columbus after the death of Frankie Howard who'd been due to play the part.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on Hattie Jacques] She was a wonderful actress, absolutely wonderful. Beautiful!
[on Kenneth Connor and his contribution to the Carry On films] Connor was the best of the whole lot, including me.
[reflecting on his career on receiving his award of CBE, 07 May 2008] In a way you can't help being typecast to a certain amount, it means you're successful.

Salary (3)

Carry on Nurse (1959) £720
Carry on Teacher (1959) £1,000
Carry on Constable (1960) £1,200

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