Leslie Phillips died at the age of 98 after a lengthy illness. The veteran was renowned for providing the voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films and for his classic parts in Carry On and Doctor in the House.
Leslie Samuel Phillips was born in Tottenham, had his acting debut on the West End at the age of 14, and has appeared in numerous Shakespeare theatre plays worldwide. The actor subsequently appeared in four Carry On films, including Carry On Nurse (1959) and Carry On Columbus (1992).
Leslie’s career spanned eight decades, and he starred in almost two hundred films. Phillips rose to prominence on the BBC radio programme ‘The Navy Lark,’ in which he co-starred with Ronnie Barker and Jon Pertwee.
Though he was likely most renowned for his contributions to comedy, where his Shakespearian and lively style sparkled, he was also known for his contributions to literature. In particular, when delivering his famous characteristic lines, such as “LUMME,” “WELL, HELLO,” “I SAY,” and “DING DONG.”
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According to the Independent, Phillips had endured two strokes and a protracted sickness in the past.
Tributes to Leslie Phillips
Zara Carr, Leslie Phillips’s wife, led the tributes to the singer, saying, “I’ve lost a fantastic husband, and the public has lost a truly outstanding performer. Simply put, he was a national treasure.
“People cherished him. He was followed wherever he went.
Actor Sanjeev Bhaskar tweeted, “One of the great things about filming #TheKumars42 was blending guests like here, Madness, and the lovely #LesliePhillips, who could not have been more of a gentleman. A very kind, humorous, and lovely man #RestInPeaceLesliePhillips”