Veteran actor Leslie Phillips, known for his roles in the hit comedy series “Come On” and as the voice of the Sorting Hat in three of the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 98, Reuters and the Associated Press reported.
His agent, Jonathan Lloyd, confirmed that Phillips died “peacefully in his sleep” at his home.
With Angela Scoular (left) and Carol Hawkins, hanging out in the street to promote the ‘Sextet’ comedy show at the Criterion Theater in London in 1977.
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Born in Tottenham in 1924, Leslie Phillips’ first film appearances date back to the 1930s. The actor will be remembered for his comically exaggerated recreation of the English upper class, having starred in films such as Come On Sister (1959), Come On Teacher (1959), Come On Policeman (1960).
Phillips also became known for his iconic catchphrases such as “Ding dong”, “Well hello” and “I say!”.
Leslie Phillips later moved on to more dramatic roles, including the film Venus (2005), in which she starred alongside Peter O’Toole. The role earned him a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
In addition to the cinema, Phillips has appeared on stage, on television and radio.
In 2014, the actor suffered a stroke while shopping in London, but successfully recovered.
In 2008, Leslie Phillips was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his acting career.
“I lost a wonderful husband and the public lost a truly great showman. He was just a national treasure,” his wife Zara Carr told The Sun.