Leslie Samuel Phillips 20 April 1924 – 7 November 2022 was an English actor, voice artist and author. He achieved prominence in the 1950s, playing smooth, upper-class comic roles utilizing his “Ding Dong” and “Hello” catchphrases.
He appeared in the Carry On and Doctor in the House film series as well as the long-running BBC radio comedy series The Navy Lark.
In his later career, Phillips took on dramatic parts including a BAFTA-nominated role alongside Peter O’Toole in Venus 2006.
He provided the voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films.
Leslie Phillips Parents: Meet Cecelia Margaret Phillips, Frederick Samuel Phillips
Phillips was born on 20 April 1924 in Tottenham, London, England, the third child of Cecelia Margaret Newlove and Frederick Samuel Phillips, who worked at Glover and Main, manufacturers of cookers in Edmonton.
Phillips has described his street as “beyond the sonic reach of the Bow Bells but within the general footprint of cockneydom.”
In 1931, the family moved to Chingford, Essex, where Phillips attended Larkswood Primary School.
Consequently, Phillips has described himself as both a cockney and an Essex boy.
In 1935, his father died at 44, having suffered from a weak heart and oedema brought on by the “filthy, sulphurous” air of the factory.
After his father’s death, Phillips was sent to the Italia Conti Academy at his mother’s insistence.