Leslie Phillips, the British actor who starred within the Carry On film franchise and later voiced the Sorting Hat within the Harry Potter movies, has died on the age of 98.
Phillips handed away “peacefully in his sleep” on Monday, his agent Jonathan Lloyd confirmed to the PA information company.
Though he was famed for his portrayals of upper-class cads, Phillips grew up talking with a pronounced working-class London accent, having been born within the metropolis’s northern suburb of Tottenham.
He misplaced the accent whereas finding out drama, dance and elocution on the prestigious Italia Conti Stage School.
His first movie appearances got here within the Nineteen Thirties, however it wasn’t till effectively after the struggle – when he served as a lieutenant within the Durham Light Infantry – that he received his massive break alongside Gene Kelly within the musical Les Girls.
Turning down the chance to maneuver to Hollywood, he remained in Britain the place he went on to star in three Carry On movies: Carry On Nurse, Carry On Teacher and Carry on Constable. He turned a family title, identified for his suggestive catchphrases:”Ding Dong!” “Well, hello,” and “I say!”
Younger generations would, nevertheless, acknowledge Phillips’ voice from the Harry Potter films as he voiced the sorting hat, which matched the pupils at Hogwarts with one among 4 college homes: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.
Phillips suffered a stroke eight years in the past, however was mentioned to have made a powerful restoration.
Fellow actor Sanjeev Bhaskar tweeted a video of Phillips from his BBC present The Kumars at No 42.
In the clip, Phillips associated how he as soon as discovered himself caught within the London Underground surrounded by members of the general public demanding he do his catchphrases.
Bhaskar tweeted: “One of the wonderful elements of doing #TheKumars42 was combining guests like here, Madness and the wonderful #LesliePhillips, who couldn’t have been more of a gent. A truly warm, funny and gentle man #RIPLesliePhillips”
Also paying tribute to him was Piers Morgan, who tweeted: “RIP Leslie Phillips, 98.
“Wonderful character & superb comedy actor, best known for his what he called his ‘lecherous twit’ roles in the Carry On & Doctor In The House films with his catchphrases, ‘Ding Dong’, ‘Well, Hello’ and ‘I Say..’ Sad news.”