Prince Charles speaks with actress Leslie Phillips in London, on May 17, 2006. British actress Leslie Phillips, best known as the voice of the Sorting Hat in the “Harry Potter” films, has died. He was 98 years old (Stefan Russo, via AP, Pool)
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LONDON – Leslie Phillips, the British actor best known for his roles in the comedies “Carrie On” and the voice of the Sorting Hat in the “Harry Potter” films, has died. He was 98 years old.
His agent, Jonathan Lloyd, confirmed Tuesday that Phillips died “peacefully at his home” on Monday.
The veteran actor made his film debut in the 1930s. He is remembered for his exaggerated comic portrayal of the English upper class having starred in “Carry On Nurse”, “Carry On Teacher” and “Carry On Constable” in 1959 and 1960.
During this time he became famous for his famous phrases, including “Ding dong,” “Well, hello,” and “I say!”
While Phillips’ film acting career consisted mostly of comedic roles, he later moved on to other work including his role opposite Peter O’Toole in the 2006 film “Venus” which earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also voiced Hat Sorting in the “Harry Potter” franchise.
Leslie Samuel Phillips was born in Tottenham, North London, on April 20, 1924. He studied drama, dance and rhetoric at Italia Conti Stage School, before serving as a lieutenant during World War II.
After the war he began to get leading roles on stage and screen. His big break came in 1957 when he appeared in the Gene Kelly musical “Les Girls”.
In the 1980s he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and played roles as Falstaff in “The Merry Wives Of Windsor”.
He had a stroke in 2014 while shopping in London, but made a strong recovery.
Phillips was awarded the OBE in 2008 for his acting career.
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