Phillips, Leslie 1924- (Lesley Phillips)

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Phillips, Leslie 1924- (Lesley Phillips)


Born April 20, 1924, in London, England; son of Frederick Samuel and Cecelia Margaret (maiden name, Newlove) Phillips; married Penelope Noel Bartley, 1948 (divorced, 1965); married Angela Margaret Scoular (an actress), 1982; children: (first marriage) Caroline Elizabeth, Claudia Mary, Andrew Richard, Roger Quention; (second marriage) Daniel Alexander Scoular (stepson). Education: Trained for the stage at Italia Conti Stage School. Politics: "Middle direction." Religion: Church of England. Avocational Interests: Racing, golf, chess, weaving, collecting antique jewelry.


Agent—Diamond Management, 31 Percy St., London W1T 2DD United Kingdom.


Actor, producer, and director. Royal Theatrical Fund, member of board of directors; Disabled Living Foundation vice president, 2002—. Military service: British Army, served with Durham Light Infantry during World War II; became lieutenant.


Lloyd's Club.

Awards, Honors:

Evening Standard Special Film Award, 1997, for career achievement; decorated officer, Order of the British Empire, 1998; British Independent Spirit Award, best supporting actor or actress, 2006, ALFS Award nomination, British supporting actor of the year, London Critics Circle, Film Award nomination, best actor in a supporting role, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 2007, all for Venus; Dilys Powell Award, London Critics Circle, 2007.


Stage Appearances:

(London debut) Wolf, Peter Pan, Palladium Theatre, 1935.

The Doctor's Dilemma, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1942.

Jimmy McBride, Daddy Long-Legs, Comedy Theatre, London, 1948.

Jerry Winterton, On Monday Next, Embassy Theatre, London, then Comedy Theatre, both 1949.

Lord Fancourt Babberley, Charley's Aunt, Saville Theatre, London, 1950.

Tony, For Better, For Worse …, Comedy Theatre, 1952.

Lupin Pooter, The Diary of a Nobody, Arts Theatre, London, 1954.

Scruffy Pembridge, The Lost Generation, Garrick Theatre, London, 1955.

Carliss, The Whole Truth, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1955.

Peter Croone, Three-Way Switch, Aldwych Theatre, 1958.

Peter Cadbury, The Big Killing, Prince's Theatre, London, 1962.

Alfred Trapp, The Deadly Game, Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, England, 1963.

Robert, Boeing-Boeing, Apollo Theatre, London, 1963.

Alfred Trapp, The Deadly Game, Savoy Theatre, London, 1967.

Victor Cadwallader, The Man Most Likely To …, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1968, then Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1973.

Title role, Roger's Last Stand, Duke of York's Theatre, 1975.

Phillip, Sextet, Criterion Theatre, London, 1977.

Gilbert Bodley, Not Now Darling, Savoy Theatre, 1979.

Gaev, The Cherry Orchard, Royal Haymarket Theatre, London, 1983.

James Croxley, A Passion Play, 1984.

Mr. Bennett, Pride and Prejudice, 1988.

Sir John Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, then Barbican Theatre, London, 1997.

Also appeared in Dear Octopus, London; Nutmeg Tree, London; The Zeal of Thy House, London; Painting Churches; August; Woof; On the Whole Its Been Jolly Good; Naked Justice; as Toni Rigi in To Dorothy, A Son; appeared in repertory, York, England, Dundee, Scotland, Watford, England, Buxton, England, and Croydon, England.

Major Tours:

Clancy Pettinger, On the Level, British cities, 1966.

Victor Cadwallader, The Man Most Likely To …, South African and Australian cities, 1970, then Australian cities, 1974.

Geoffrey Lymes, Canaries Sometimes Sing, British cities, 1979.

Also toured in Not Now Darling, international cities.

Stage Work:

Director, Roger the Sixth, Westminster Theatre, London, 1960.

Producer and director, The Deadly Game, Savoy Theatre, London, 1967.

Producer, The Man Most Likely To …, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1968.

Director, The Avengers, Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 1971.

Also director with Repertory Players and other repertory companies, 1950—.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Bit part, The Citadel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1938.

(Uncredited) Bit part, Lassie from Lancashire, BN/ABF, 1938.

(Uncredited) Boy, The Mikado (also known as The Town of Titipu), 1939.

The Four Feathers, United Artists, 1939.

(Uncredited) Urchin in Bagdad market, The Thief of Bagdad (also known as The Thief of Bagdad: An Arabian Fantasy in Technicolor), 1940.

(Uncredited) Bit part, Anna Karenina (also known as Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina"), 1948.

Stacey's fireman, "The Engine Driver," Train of Events, 1949.

The Woman with No Name (also known as Her Panelled Door), ABF/Souvaine Selective, 1951.

Harry, Pool of London, Ealing/Universal, 1951.

(Uncredited) The Galloping Major, Independent Film Distributing, 1951.

Controller, Breaking the Sound Barrier (also known as Breaking Through the Sound Barrier and The Sound Barrier), BLPA, 1952.

Boy student, The Fake, United Artists, 1953.

Detective Cameron, The Limping Man, Lippert, 1953.

(Uncredited) Police sergeant, Time Bomb (also known as Terror on a Train), 1953.

Embassy official, You Know What Sailors Are, 1954.

Box office manager, As Long As They're Happy, 1955.

Robjohns, Value for Money, 1955.

Howard Meade, The Gamma People, Columbia, 1956.

Harry Bevan, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957.

Shopkeeper, Brothers in Law, British Lion, 1957.

Squadron Leader Blake, High Flight, Columbia, 1957.

The Honourable Richard Lumb, Just My Luck, Rank, 1957.

Sir Gerald Wren, Les Girls (also known as Cole Porter's "Les Girls"), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957.

Robin Carter, The Smallest Show on Earth (also known as Big Time Operators), Times, 1957.

Robjohns, Value for Money, Rank, 1957.

Receptionist, The Big Money, 1958.

Major Tennant, Hell, Heaven, or Hoboken (also known as I Was Monty's Double), ABF/National Trade Association, 1958.

Ray Taylor, The Angry Hills, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959.

Jack Bell, Carry On Nurse, Anglo-Amalgamated, 1959.

Simon Hurd, The Man Who Liked Funerals, Rank, 1959.

Lieutenant Pouter, R.N., The Navy Lark, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1959.

Crispin Brown, This Other Eden, Regal, 1959.

Alistair Grigg, Carry On Teacher, 1959.

Squadron Leader Thomas, Make Mine a Double (also known as The Night We Dropped a Clanger), 1959.

Pat, Ferdinando 1, re di Napoli (also known as Ferdinand I: King of Naples), 1959.

Constable Tom Potter, Carry On Constable, Anglo Amalgamated, 1960.

John Belcher, Inn for Trouble, Eros, 1960.

Dr. Henry Manners, Please Turn Over, Columbia, 1960.

Lieutenant Commander Fanshawe, Watch Your Stern (also known as What a Carry On: Watch Your Stern), Magna, 1960.

Dr. Tony Burke, Doctor in Love, Rank, 1960.

David Robinson, Beware of Children (also known as No Kidding), American International Pictures, 1961.

Timothy Gray, A Weekend with Lulu, Columbia, 1961.

Jimmy Fox-Upton, In the Doghouse, 1961.

Jimmy Cooper, A Coming-Out Party (also known as A Very Important Person and V.I.P.), Union Film Distributors, 1962.

Royal Air Force officer, The Longest Day, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962.

Mervyn, Roommates (also known as Raising the Wind), Herts-Lion International, 1962.

Dandy Forsdyke, Crooks Anonymous, Janus, 1963.

Freddy Fox, The Fast Lady, Rank, 1963.

Roddy Chipfield, Father Came Too! (also known as We Want to Live Alone), Rank, 1964.

Young husband, You Must Be Joking!, Columbia, 1965.

Dr. Gaston Grimsdyke, Carnaby, M.D. (also known as Doctor in Clover), Rank, 1967.

Raymond Lowe, Maroc 7, Paramount, 1967.

Simon Russell, Some Will, Some Won't, Williams & Pritchard, 1970.

Dr. Burke, Doctor in Trouble, Rank, 1970.

Dickie, "Gluttony," The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, Tigon, 1971.

Sir William Mannering-Brown, Don't Just Lie There, Say Something!, Rank, 1973.

Gilbert Bodley, Not Now Darling, 1973.

Mike Scott, Spanish Fly (also known as La mosca hispanica), EMI, 1975.

Commander Rimmington, Not Now Comrade, EMI, 1976.

Himself, To See Such Fun, 1977.

Various, That's Carry On, 1977.

Sir Joseph Byrne, Out of Africa, Universal, 1985.

Maxton, Empire of the Sun, Warner Bros., 1987.

Lord Astor, Scandal, 1989.

Mr. Arundell, Mountains of the Moon, 1990.

Gordon, King Ralph, 1991.

King Ferdinand, Carry On Columbus, 1992.

Professor Alexander Blathwaite, August, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1996.

Woolburton, The Jackal (also known as Le chacal and Der schakal), Universal, 1997.

Sydney Fisher, Caught in the Act, 1997.

Inventors voiceover, The Orgasm Raygun, 1998.

Vicar, Saving Grace, Fine Line Features, 2000.

Wilson, Tomb Raider (also known as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), Paramount, 2000.

Voice of the Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), Warner Bros., 2001.

Narrator, Arthurs Amazing Things (short), Dazzle Films, 2002.

Judger, Thunderpants (also known as Donderbroek and L'incroyable histoire de Patrick Smash), Weinstein Company, 2002.

Voice of the Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (also known as Harry Potter under die kammer des schreckens), Warner Bros., 2002.

Herbert Ames, Collusion, 2003.

Lord W'ruff, Churchill: The Hollywood Years, Pathe, 2004.

(Uncredited) Himself, Millions, Fox Searchlight, 2004.

Himself, The Comic Strip: A Retrospective, 2005.

Freddie, Colour Me Kubrick: A True-ish Story (also known as Appelez-moi Kubrick and Color Me Kubrick), Magnolia Pictures, 2005.

Ian, Venus, Miramax, 2006.

Film Work:

Producer, Maroc 7, Paramount, 1967.

Television Appearances; Series:

Reverend Andrew Parker, Our Man at St. Mark's, 1963.

Dennis Proudfoot, Foreign Affairs, 1966.

Dr. Michael Cunningham, The Culture Vultures, 1970.

Henry Newhouse, Casanova '73, 1973.

James Xavier Blake, Chancer, ITV and PBS, 1990-91.

Lord Montague Bermondsey, The House of Windsor, 1994.

Sir Richard Hobhouse, Honey for Tea, BBC, 1994.

The safecracker, Revolver, 2004.

Also appeared in Navy Lark, BBC.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Baldwin, Monte Carlo, CBS, 1986.

William Fosdyke, Summer's Lease, BBC, 1989, PBS, 1991.

Lord Flamborough, Love on a Branch Line, 1993.

Lord Archie Edgerstone, Take a Girl Like You, PBS, 2000.

Gervase Crouchback, Sword of Honour, Channel 4, 2001.

Sir Philip Starke, Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs (also known as By the Pricking of My Thumbs), ITV and PBS, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Stoker Snipe, Morning Departure, 1948.

Kingsley Binns, The Time and Motion Man, 1965.

Howard Butler, The Suit, 1969.

Wing Commander Boyle, Life After Life, 1990.

Judge, The Trials of Oz, 1991.

George Thacker, Thacker, 1992.

Sir Philip Harding, Bermuda Grace, NBC, 1993.

Vermandero, The Changeling, BBC and Bravo, 1994.

Justin Whittaker, Vanity Dies Hard (also known as Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Vanity Dies Hard), 1994.

Viscount Osgood, Two Golden Balls, 1994.

George, Lord Canterville, The Canterville Ghost, ABC, 1996.

Dir John, Die Katze von Kensington, 1996.

Sir John, Der Blinde, 1996.

Sir John, Das Karussell des Todes (also known as Edgar Wallace: Das Karussell), 1996.

Lincoln Bradley, The Pale Horse (also known as Agatha Christie's "The Pale Horse"), Arts and Entertainment, 1997.

James Westropp, Dalziel and Pascoe: Recalled to Life, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Felim, Cinderella, 2000.

Hal Porter, Outside the Rules, BBC1, 2002.

Voice of Sir Ludlow Swift, Ghost of Albion: Legacy, 2003.

Mr. Barness, Walking with Shadows, 2006.

Also appeared as a detective, You'll Never See Me Again; in Mr. Palfrey of Westminster.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Voice of Mr. Tumnus, The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (also known as The First Book of the Chronicles of Narnia), CBS, 1979.

"Boxey" Horne, Rumpole and Portia, PBS, 1990.

A Fatal Caper, HBO, 1996.

What's a Carry On?, 1998.

The Unforgettable Joan Sims, 2002.

The Big Read, 2003.

The British Comedy Awards 2003, ITV, 2003.

Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute, BBC, 2004.

The Ultimate Film, 2004.

The British Comedy Awards 2004, ITV, 2004.

Crumpet! A Very British Sex Symbol, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Hugh Lawrence, "Lucky Man," The Vise (also known as Detective's Diary, Saber of London, The Vise: Mark Saber, and Uncovered), 1954.

"The Better Chance," The Vise (also known as Detective's Diary, Saber of London, The Vise: Mark Saber, and Uncovered), 1955.

Sir William of Maimsesbury, "Friar Tuck," The Adventures of Robin Hood (also known as Robin Hood), 1955.

Count de Waldern, "Checkmate," The Adventures of Robin Hood (also known as Robin Hood), 1955.

Wat Longfellow, "A Village Wooing," The Adventures of Robin Hood (also known as Robin Hood), 1956.

Foxie, "Operation Chopping Block," O.S.S., 1957.

Keynes, "Atom at Spithead," Wire Service (also known as Deadline for Action), ABC, 1957.

Sparrow, "Blind Justice," The Invisible Man, 1958.

Benson, "A Girl from Rome," The Vise (also known as Detective's Diary, Saber of London, The Vise: Mark Saber, and Uncovered), 1959.

Sparrow, "Blind Justice," Invisible Man (also known as H. G. Wells' "Invisible Man"), CBS, 1959.

Herbert, "The Reluctant Rebel," The Adventures of Robin Hood (also known as Robin Hood), 1960.

Mr. Ferris, "Impasse," Comedy Playhouse, 1963.

Charlton, "A Very Fine Line," Armchair Theatre, ABC [United Kingdom], 1968.

Basil, "Unaccustomed as I Am," Father Dear Father, ITV, 1972.

"Boxey" Home, "Rumpole and Portia," Rumpole of the Bailey, ITV and PBS, 1988.

(As Lesley Phillips) Sir Horace Cutler, "GLC: The Carnage Continues …," The Comic Strip Presents, 1990.

Dean, "Oxford," The Comic Strip Presents, 1990.

Alan Steen, "Blackballed," Boon, ITV, 1992.

Major Eddie Turpin, "The Galloping Major," Lovejoy, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1993.

"Royal Celebration," Screen One, 1993.

Justin Whitaker, "Vanity Dies Hard," Ruth Rendell Mysteries, PBS, 1995.

The professor, "Cheating," The Bill, ITV1, 1996.

"Fatal Caper," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1996.

Telly Addicts, BBC, 1998.

Saint Peter, "Grandma's Dead," Days Like These, ITV, 1999.

James Westropp, "Recalled to Life," Dalziel and Pascoe, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

It's Only TV, But I Like It, 1999, 2000.

Head on Comedy, BBC, 2000.

"Leslie Phillips," The Best of British, BBC, 2000.

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, BBC, 2002.

Legends, 2002.

Louis Grimshaw, Monarch of the Glen, BBC Scotland and BBC America, 2002.

Charles Campbell-Gore, "Sins of the Father," Holby City (also known as Holby), BBC, 2002.

Godfrey Teal, "Painted in Blood," Midsomer Murders, ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Himself, The Kumars at No. 42, BBC and BBC America, 2003.

Ernie Wilcox, "Love Hurts," Where the Heart Is, ITV, 2003.

The Keith Barret Show, 2005.

The Paul O'Grady Show (also known as The New Paul O'Grady Show), ITV, 2005.

This Week, BBC, 2005.

Loose Women, ITV, 2006.

Denzil Witty, "Risky Business," Heartbeat (also known as Classic Heartbeat), ITV, 2006.

The Film Programme (also kwon as Film 2007), BBC, 2007.

Breakfast, BBC, 2007.

The Comedy Map of Britain, 2007.

Sunday AM, 2007.

Richard & Judy), Channel 4, 2007.

Alistair Robertson, "The Dead Peasants Society," The Last Detective, ITV, 2007.

Also appeared in The Edward Woodward Show; The Gong Game; Impasse; Redundant—Or the Wife's Revenge; Reluctant Debutante; The Suit; Time and Motion Man; A Very Fine Line; "The Red Geranium," Errol Flynn Theatre (also known as Mystery Adventure: The Errol Flynn Theatre).

Radio Appearances; Series:

The Navy Lark, BBC, 1958-77.

Colonel Dedshott, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm, BBC Radio 4, 2001.


Video Games:

(United Kingdom version) Voice of Gex, Gex: Enter the Gecko, 1998.



Hello—The Autobiography, Orion Books, 2006.



Debrett's People of Today, Debrett's Peerage Ltd., 2007.

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