New Delhi: Leslie Phillips, who voiced the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films, died at the age of 98. The British actor passed away “peacefully in his sleep,” on Monday, informed his agent Jonathan Lloyd to PA news agency.
Leslie Phillips also starred in Carry On movie franchise. The actor was born in London’s northern suburb of Tottenham. He was basically famed for his portrayals of upper-class cads
He lost the accent while studying drama, dance and elocution at the prestigious Italia Conti Stage School.
Leslie philips made his film debut in 1930s, but he got his big break alongside Gene Kelly in the musical Les Girls. It is to be mentioned that he also served as a lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry.
Turning down the opportunity to move to Hollywood, he remained in Britain where he went on to star in three Carry On films: Carry On Nurse, Carry On Teacher and Carry on Constable. He became a household name, known for his suggestive catchphrases: ”Ding Dong!” “Well, hello,” and “I say!”
However, the young generation recognize Phillips’ voice from the Harry Potter movies as he voiced the sorting hat.
Phillips is credited with 174 roles throughout his career, according to IMDB. Apart from Carry On franchise, Leslie also appeared in “Doctor in the House,” “Venus” and many more.
The British actor is survived by his wife Zara.