Leslie Phillips Biography (1924-)

Given name is sometimes spelled "Lesley"; born April 20, 1924, in London, England; son of Frederick Samuel and Cecelia Margaret (maiden name, Newlove) Phillips; married Penelope Bartley (divorced); married Angela Scoular (an actress), 1982; children: Caroline, Claudia, Andrew, Roger.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, producer, director
Birth Details
April 20, 1924
London, England

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • The Citadel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1938
  • Lassie from Lancashire, BN/ABF, 1938
  • The Four Feathers, United Artists, 1939
  • Stacey's fireman, Train of Events, 1949, then Ealing/Film Arts, 1952
  • The Woman with No Name, 1950, released as Her Panelled Door, ABF/Souvaine Selective, 1951
  • Harry, Pool of London, Ealing/Universal, 1951
  • The Galloping Major, Independent Film Distributing, 1951
  • Controller, Breaking the Sound Barrier (also known as Breakingthrough the Sound Barrier and The Sound Barrier), BLPA, 1952
  • Boy student, The Fake, United Artists, 1953
  • Detective Cameron, The Limping Man, Lippert, 1953
  • Embassy official, You Know What Sailors Are, 1954
  • As Long As They're Happy, 1955
  • Howard Meade, The Gamma People, Columbia, 1956
  • Receptionist, The Big Money, 1956, then Rank/Lopert, 1962
  • 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, 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
  • 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, then Anglo Amalgamated, 1962
  • Squadron Leader Thomas, Make Mine a Double (also known as The Night We Dropped a Clanger), 1959, then Ellis, 1962
  • Constable Tom Potter, Carry On Constable, Anglo Amalgamated, 1960
  • John Belcher, Inn for Trouble, Eros, 1960
  • Dr. Henry Manners, Please Turn Over, Columbia, 1960
  • Pat, King Ferdinand of Naples (also known as Ferdinand I: Kingof Naples and Ferdinando I: Re di Napoli), 1960
  • David Robinson, Beware of Children (also known as No Kidding), American International Pictures, 1961
  • Lieutenant Commander Fanshawe, Watch Your Stern (also known as What a Carry On: Watch Your Stern), Magna, 1961
  • Timothy Gray, A Weekend with Lulu, Columbia, 1961
  • Jimmy Fox-Upton, In the Doghouse, 1961, then Rank/Zenith, 1964
  • Dr. Tony Burke, Doctor in Love, Rank, 1962
  • 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 LiveAlone), 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, then Dimension, 1975
  • Mike Scott, Spanish Fly (also known as La mosca hispanica),EMI, 1975
  • Commander Rimmington, Not Now Comrade, EMI, 1976
  • 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
  • Sydney Fisher, Caught in the Act, 1995
  • Professor Alexander Blathwaite, August, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1996
  • Woolburton, The Jackal, Universal, 1997
  • 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), WarnerBros., 2001
  • Film Work
  • Producer, Maroc 7, Paramount, 1967
  • 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 as a child in Dear Octopus, Nutmeg Tree, andThe Zeal of Thy House, all London productions; appeared as Toni Rigi in To Dorothy, A Son; appeared in repertory, York, England, Dundee, Scotland, Watford, England, Buxton, England, and Croydon.
  • Major Tours
  • Clancy Pettinger, On the Level, British cities, 1966
  • Victor Cadwallader, The Man Most Likely To ..., South African andAustralian cities, 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, 1967
  • Producer, The Man Most Likely To ..., Vaudeville Theatre, 1968
  • Director, The Avengers, Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 1971
  • Also director with Repertory Players and other repertory companies, 1950-.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Reverend Andrew Parker, Our Man at St. Marks, 1963
  • Dennis Proudfoot, Foreign Affairs, 1966
  • Dr. Michael Cunningham, The Culture Vultures, 1970
  • Henry Newhouse, Casanova '73, 1973
  • James Xavier Blake, Chancer, 1990
  • Lord Montague Bermondsey, The House of Windsor, 1994
  • Honey for Tea, 1994
  • Also appeared in Navy Lark, BBC; appeared as Guy Burgess in a production for Thames Television, 1985.
  • Miniseries
  • Baldwin, Monte Carlo, CBS, 1986
  • Lord Flamborough, Love on a Branch Line, 1993
  • Movies
  • Sir Philip Harding, Bermuda Grace, NBC, 1993
  • Vermandero, The Changeling, Bravo, 1994
  • George, Lord Canterville (some sources cite Lord Henry), The Canterville Ghost, ABC, 1996
  • Lincoln Bradley, The Pale Horse (also known as Agatha Christie's "The Pale Horse"), Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • James Westropp, Dalziel and Pascoe: Recalled to Life, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Also appeared as a detective, You'll Never See Me Again; appeared in Mr. Palfrey of Westminster.
  • Specials
  • "Boxey" Horne, Rumpole and Portia, PBS, 1990
  • William Fosdyke, Summer's Lease, PBS, 1991
  • A Fatal Caper, HBO, 1996
  • Episodic
  • Sparrow, "Blind Justice," The Invisible Man, 1958
  • Benson, "A Girl from Rome," The Vise, 1959
  • Sir Horace Cutler, "GLC: The Carnage Continues ...," The Comic Strip Presents, 1990
  • Dean, "Oxford," The Comic Strip Presents, 1990
  • Alan Steen, "Blackballed," Boon, 1992
  • Major Eddie Turpin, "The Galloping Major," Lovejoy, 1993
  • Himself, Telly Addicts, 1998
  • Saint Peter, "Grandma's Dead," Days Like These, 1999
  • Himself, It's Only TV, but I Like It, 1999 and 2000
  • Himself, Head on Comedy with Jo Brand, 2000
  • Also appeared as Foxie, "Operation Chopping Block," O.S.S.; appeared in episodes of The Edward Woodward Show, The Gong Game, Impasse, Redundant--Or the Wife's Revenge, Reluctant Debutante, The Suit, Time and Motion Man, and A Very Fine Line.
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Judge, The Trials of Oz, 1991
  • Justin Whittaker, Vanity Dies Hard (also known as Ruth RendellMysteries: Vanity Dies Hard), 1994
  • Viscount Osgood, Two Golden Balls, 1994
  • Dir John, Die Katze von Kensington, 1996
  • Das Karussell des Todes, 1996
  • Felim, Cinderella, 1999
  • Made television debut as Snipe, Morning Departure.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Series
  • The Navy Lark, BBC, 1958-77

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