Leslie Phillips

1924 - 2022

Carry On Films: 4

Leslie Phillips, the very image of a quintessential Englishman, was born in London in 1924. He studied at the famous Italia Conti School, where he made his acting debut at the age of 5 in Peter Pan. He went on to make frequent stage and screen appearances as a child.

Following four years' service during the war with the Durham Light Infantry, Phillips returned to showbusiness. Forever cast as the lovable rogue, he didn't begin to win starring roles until his mid 30s. During the 1950s, he began making significant progress in the film industry, starring in such films as Brothers in Law and The Smallest Show on Earth. He also became well known through his work on radio, mainly via the hit show The Navy Lark, in which he appeared alongside Jon Pertwee.

As well as appearing in a number of the early Carry Ons, Phillips also went on to replace Dirk Bogarde in the long-running Doctor series. Within the space of 5 years, Phillips made a total of 18 hit comedies (while continuing his radio work on The Navy Lark). During the 1970s, following a couple of disastrous roles (notably in Maroc 7), he found himself relegated to lesser TV roles and a number of terribly dated British comedies.

In more recent years, Phillips has reinvigorated his career with astounding success. Whereas his earlier roles centred around roguish womanisers, today he can be most often found playing the token Englishman in Hollywood productions. The sheer variety of roles Phillips has taken on in recent years, though, means that on stage, television and British cinema he has broken out of the typecast roles he remains best known for and delivered a stunning variety of characters. More importantly, he remains one of this country's best loved Englishmen.

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- Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004) .... Lord W'ruff
- Collusion (2003) .... Herbert Ames
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) (voice) .... The Sorting Hat
- Thunderpants (2002) .... Judge
- Arthur's Amazing Things (2002) .... Narrator
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) (voice) .... The Sorting Hat
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) .... Wilson- Saving Grace (2000) .... Vicar Gerald Percy
- Gex: Enter the Gecko (1998) (VG) (voice) .... Gex (UK version)
- The Jackal (1997) .... Woolburton
- August (1996) .... Professor Alexander Blathwaite
- Carry On Columbus (1992).... King Ferdinand
- King Ralph (1991).... Gordon
- Mountains of the Moon (1990).... Mr. Arundell
- Scandal (1989).... Lord Astor
- Empire of the Sun (1987).... Maxton
- Out of Africa (1985).... Sir Joseph
- Not Now, Comrade (1976).... Commander Rimmington
- Spanish Fly (1975)
- Don't Just Lie There, Say Something (1973)
- Not Now Darling (1973).... Gilbert Bodley
- The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971).... Dickie
- The Culture Vultures (1970) TV
- Doctor in Trouble (1970).... Dr Grimsdyke
- Some Will, Some Won't (1969).... Simon Russell
- Maroc 7 (1967)
- Doctor In Clover (1966).....Dr Grimsdyke
- Father Came Too! (1963)
- Crooks Anonymous (1962).... Dandy Forsdyke
- The Fast Lady (1962)
- The Longest Day (1962).... R.A.F. officer
- A Weekend with Lulu (1962).... Tim
- In the Doghouse (1961).... Jimmy Fox-Upton
- Make Mine a Double (1961).... Squadron Leader Thomas
-Raising the Wind (1961).... Mervyn
- Very Important Person (1961).... Jimmy Cooper
-Beware of Children (1960).... David Robinson
- Carry On Constable (1960).... Constable Tom Potter
- Doctor in Love (1960).... Dr Grimsdyke
- Inn for Trouble (1960).... John Belcher
- Watch Your Stern (1960).... Lieutenant Commander Fanshawe
- The Angry Hills (1959).... Ray Taylor
- Carry On Teacher (1959).... Alistair Grigg
- The Man Who Liked Funerals (1959).... Simon Hurd
- The Night We Dropped a Clanger (1959).... Squadron Leader Thomas
- Please Turn Over (1959)
- This Other Eden (1959).... Crispin Brown
- Carry On Nurse (1958).... Jack Bell
- I Was Monty's Double (1958).... Maj. Tennant
- The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957).... Harry Bevan
- Brothers in Law (1957).... Shopkeeper
- Just My Luck (1957).... Hon. Richard Lumb
- Les Girls (1957).... Sir Gerald Wren
- The Smallest Show on Earth (1957).... Robin
- The Big Money (1956).... Receptionist
- The Gamma People (1956).... Howard Meade
- High Flight (1956).... Squadron Leader Blake
- Value for Money (1955).... Robjohns
- The Fake (1953).... Boy Student
- The Limping Man (1953).... Cameron
- Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952).... Controller
- Pool of London (1950).... Harry
- Train of Events (1949).... Stacey's Fireman