Phillips, Leslie (I) Biography

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Leslie Samuel Phillips
20 April 1924, Tottenham, London, England, UK
5' 8 1/2"
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' (qv). 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' (qv)'s _Empire of the Sun (1987)_ (qv). He continues to make cameo appearances in films and television and is a regular guest on British chat shows.

-   'Angela Scoular' (qv) (1982 - 11 April 2011) (her death)

-   'Penelope Bartley' (qv) (1948 - 1965) (divorced); 4 children

-   Catchphrases "Helloooo" and "Ding dong!"

-   He was awarded the O.B.E. (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' (qv) and 'Ronnie Barker' (qv).

-   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)_ (qv).

-   Friends with actors 'Denholm Elliott' (qv) and 'Jon Pertwee' (qv) for many years, both of whom, like Phillips, had homes in Ibiza.

-   His favourite actor is 'Kenneth Connor' (qv).

-   He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama.

-   Father, with 'Penelope Bartley' (qv), of daughters Caroline Phillips and Claudia Phillips, and sons Roger Phillips and Andrew Phillips.

-   (1959-1977) Played Sub Lieutenant Phillips in the BBC radio sitcom "The Navy Lark".

-   Played Sir John Falstaff in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1997 production of "The Merry Wives Of Windsor" at Stratford-Upon-Avon and London's Barbican Theatre. He costume on the BBC1 Saturday Night National Lottery Show and pressed the button to start the draw.

-   Winner of a special award at the London Evening Standard Film Awards 1997 for his career achievement.

-   Voice of "Colonel Dedshott" in radio adaptation of "The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm" (BBC Radio 4, December 2001).

-   Stage successes in recent years include The Merry Wives Of Windsor with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

-   (1984) He acted in 'Peter Nichols (I)' (qv)' play, "Passion Play", at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with 'Barry Foster (I)' (qv), 'Judy Parfitt' (qv), 'Zena Walker' (qv). Directed by 'Mike Ockrent' (qv).

-   (1975) He acted in 'Dimitri Frenkel Frank' (qv)'s play, "Roger's Last Stand", at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, England with 'Roy Kinnear' (qv), 'Elspet Gray' (qv) and 'Anna Dawson (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Charles Ross (III)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1994) He acted in 'Julian Mitchell (I)' (qv)'s adaptation of 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s play, "August", based on his play, "Uncle Vanya", at the Clwyd Theater in Wales with 'Anthony Hopkins (I)' (qv), 'Gawn Grainger' (qv) and 'Hugh Lloyd' (qv) in the cast. 'Anthony Hopkins (I)' (qv) was also the director.

-   (1950) He acted in 'Philip King (I)' (qv)'s play, "On Monday Next...", at the Comedy Theatre in London, England with 'Henry Kendall' (qv), 'Olga Lindo' (qv) and 'Richard Goolden' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1953) He acted in 'Arthur Watkin' (qv)'s play, "For Better, For Worse", at the Comedy Theatre in London, England with 'Geraldine McEwan' (qv) in the cast. 'John Counsell (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1954) He acted in 'Robert de Flers' (qv), 'Gaston Arman de Cavaillet' (qv), and 'Etienne Rey' (qv)'s play, "Accounting for Love", at the Saville Theatre in London, England with 'Per Aabel (I)' (qv) and 'Mary Clare' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1955) He acted in 'Philip Mackie' (qv)'s play, "The Whole Truth", at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with 'Ernest Clark (I)' (qv), 'Faith Brook' (qv), 'Edward Jewesbury' (qv) and 'Ellen Blueth' (qv) in the cast.

-   (2008) Reprised Doctor Robert Knox in Big Finish's audio production "Doctor Who: Assassin in the Limelight".

-   (2004) Played Doctor Robert Knox in Big Finish's audio production "Doctor Who: Medicinal Purposes".

-   (2010) TV commercial for NestlĂ© (New Recipe) Shreddies cereal.

-   (2000s) TV commercials for Iams cat food (voice)

-   (1971) Directed 'Terence Feely' (qv) and 'Brian Clemens' (qv)' TV spin-off play, "The Avengers" - at Birmingham Theatre (15th-24th July) then London's Prince of Wales Theatre for a three-week run from 2nd August - with 'Simon Oates' (qv), 'Sue Lloyd (I)' (qv), 'Kate O'Mara' (qv), 'Jeremy Lloyd (I)' (qv), 'Anthony Sharp' (qv), 'Julie Neubert' (qv), 'Wendy Hall (I)' (qv), 'John F. Landry' (qv), 'Mary Llewellin' (qv), 'Kenton Moore (I)' (qv), 'Paul McDowell (I)' (qv), 'Lisa Collings (I)' (qv), 'Gail Grainger' (qv), 'Sarah Kemp' (qv), 'Joanna Ross (I)' (qv), 'Kubi Chaza' (qv), 'Helen Gill (I)' (qv), 'Heather Kyd (I)' (qv), 'Derek Tansley' (qv) and 'Tim Buckland (I)' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1980) He acted in 'Ray Cooney' (qv) and 'John T. Chapman' (qv)'s play, "Not Now Darling", at the Savoy Theatre in London, England with 'Diana Coupland' (qv), 'Rona Anderson (I)' (qv), 'Derek Bond (I)' (qv), 'Ray Cooney' (qv) and 'Shaun Curry (I)' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1984) He acted in 'Peter Nichols (I)' (qv)' play, "Passion Play", at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with 'Barry Foster (I)' (qv), 'Judy Parfitt' (qv) and 'Zena Walker' (qv) in the cast. 'Mike Ockrent' (qv) was the director.

-   (1983) TV commercial for Black Tower German wine

-   Leslie Phillips. _Hello - The Autobiography._ London: Orion Books, 2006. ISBN 0752868896

-   She was a wonderful actress, absolutely wonderful. Beautiful! [On 'Hattie Jacques' (qv)]

-   Connor was the best of the whole lot, including me. [on 'Kenneth Connor' (qv) and his contribution to the Carry On films]

-   In a way you can't help being typecast to a certain amount, it means you're successful. [Reflecting on his career on receiving his award of CBE, 07 May 2008]

-   _Hattie (2011) (TV)_ (qv)

-   (December 2007) London W9, England

-   "Daily Mail Weekend" (UK), 24 January 2009, pg. 78, "Me and my school photo"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 26 May 2007, Vol. 333, Iss. 4337, pg. 65, "My First Big Break: Leslie Phillips"

-   "You Magazine" (UK), 28 January 2007, "In A Taxi With ..."

-   "The Chap" (UK), 2007, Iss. 35, by: Michael Attree, "Michael "Atters" Attree is finally granted an audience with the Great Bounder of yesteryear, Leslie Phillips"

-   "You Magazine" (UK), 25 July 2004, "From The Heart"

-   "Mojo" (UK), November 2000, Iss. 84, pg. 26, "'All Back To My Place': Leslie Phillips- Rock'n'roll roue'"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 25 June-1 July 1994, pg. 38-9, by: Clement Freud

-   "The Times" (UK), 15 October 1975, "Leslie Phillips in another comedy"

-   "Showtime" (UK), May 1966, "The Shrewd Sane Life of Leslie Phillips"

-   "Photoplay" (UK), September 1961, "Why Women Fall For Leslie"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 8 September 1966

-   "TV Times" (UK), 26 February 1966

-   "Today" (UK), 7 January 1961

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