Leslie Phillips Dies, Aged 98

Leslie Phillips, Comedy Legend Has Died Aged 98

Actor Leslie Phillips, who was known for appearing in the Carry On films and more recently to younger fans as the voice of the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter films, has died aged 98 after a long illness.

His wife Zara told The Sun Newspaper “I’ve lost a wonderful husband and the public has lost a truly great showman.  He was quite simply a national treasure. People loved him. He was mobbed everywhere he went.”

Phillips’ agent Jonathan Lloyd confirmed the star died peacefully in his sleep on Monday.

The comic actor starred in more 200 films, as well as many TV and radio series, perhaps the most famous of which was The Navy Lark over his eight-decade career.

He was known for catchphrases such as “Ding dong”, “I say” and “Well, hello”, which he delivered with suggestive intonation.




While he only starred in four of the 31 Carry On films, the actor said his famous catchphrases followed him for the rest of his career.

His death – which comes two years after Barbara Windsor’s – leaves Jim Dale, 86, as the last surviving regular from the Carry On films.

Source and full story: BBC News