Leslie Phillips, a British actor best remembered for his parts in the Carry On and Doctor movies, has died at the age of 98.
Prior to being elevated to CBE in the 2008 New Year Honours, Phillips had a successful acting career and was awarded an OBE in the 1998 Birthday Honours List.
Online memorials for the actor, who appeared in the Harry Potter films as well, have flooded in as friends and admirers have shared their memories of Phillips.
Who Was Leslie Phillips’ Wife?
Zara Carr, 59, was Leslie Phillips’ spouse. On December 20, 2013, the couple exchanged vows. Phillips was 89 at the time.
Following the news of her husband’s passing, Carr posted a statement that read:
The public has lost a very outstanding showman, and I have lost a beautiful husband.
Carr referred to her husband as “a national treasure,” adding that he was mobbed “wherever he went” and that people “loved him.”
Carr recalled with affection how, upon our marriage, “he cheekily introduced me to the press as royalty, insisting that I was the new Zara Phillips and that I was linked to the Queen.”
Phillips had been married twice before he started dating Carr. Between 1948 and 1965, he was married to Penelope Bartley, who was his first wife. He later wed Angela Scoular in 1982. In April 2011, she, unfortunately, passed away.
Two sons and two daughters were born to Phillips. He shared them with Bartley, his first wife.
Leslie Phillips’ Career at A Glance
When Phillips appeared in the Carry On movies, such as Carry On Nurse, Carry On Teacher, and Carry on Constable, in the late 1950s, his career took off.
He also started using the catchphrases “Ding Dong,” “I say,” and “well, hello” at that point.
The actor also appeared for a considerable amount of time on the BBC radio program The Navy Lark, where he shared a 17-year run with Ronnie Barker and Jon Pertwee.
More recently, Phillips voiced the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter movies and had appearances in Venus, Late Bloomers, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Tributes for Leslie Phillips Pour in Online
After Phillips’ death was reported, condolences started to pour in on Twitter.
The lovely Leslie Phillips CBE has left us, tweeted actor Stuart Antony. Aged 98. The kindest man I’ve ever met, a great performer, and a true gentleman. The best stories came from him. Goodbye, Leslie Phillips.
Reflecting on his prior interactions with Phillips, Russell Grant characterized him as “funny, engaging, kind, pleasant, and warm.”
There is no one who can ever replace Leslie, he added, adding that “another face we know and love has left us.”
RIP Leslie Phillips, 98. Piers Morgan also contributed to the condolences for Phillips. Wonderful character and comedic actor most remembered for his appearances as a “lecherous idiot” in the Carry On and Doctor in the House movies and for using the catchphrases “Ding Dong,” “Well, Hello,” and “I Say.” the bad news