Sally Elizabeth Phillips (born 10 May 1969) is an English actress, television presenter and comedian. She co-created and was one of the writers of sketch comedy show Smack the Pony. She is also known for her main role in Miranda as Tilly, I'm Alan Partridge as Sophie, Parents as Jenny Pope and Set the Thames on Fire as Colette in 2015. Phillips also co-starred in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as Mrs Bennet, and the role of Sharon in all three films of the Bridget Jones franchise.
Sally Elizabeth Phillips
|Residence||London, England, UK|
|Alma mater||New College, Oxford|
(m. 2003; div. 2017)
Since 2004, Phillips has played the title role in the BBC Radio 4 comedy show Clare in the Community. Since 2018, she has been curator of The Museum of Curiosity on the Radio 4 comedy programme of that name.
Phillips was born in Hong Kong; her father Tim, later chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, was an executive with British Airways. Following her father's job, she grew up in the Far East, the Middle East, Italy and Australia. Aged 13 she was sent to board at Wycombe Abbey School, where she studied for both O Levels and A Levels.
She then studied Italian and Linguistics at New College, Oxford. Whilst there, she joined the Oxford Revue, playing mostly male parts, alongside contemporaries including Stewart Lee and Richard Herring (who went on to have their own television show, Fist of Fun, in which Phillips appeared as "the girl who smells of Spam"). She then co-wrote and performed the one-woman show Benadetta, the Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy, based on a true story. Phillips appeared in the 1990 Oxford Revue THRASH which also starred Ed Smith.
Phillips performed at nine consecutive Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, appearing in shows including: Ra-Ra-Rasputin, Arthur Smith's version of Hamlet (as Ophelia) and Cluub Zarathustra with Simon Munnery, Stewart Lee, Richard Thomas, Julian Barratt and Lori Lixenburg. Her first television role was in Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun in 1994, shortly after followed by a cameo in Alas Smith and Jones with Mel Smith. In 1995, Phillips played the role of a reporter in the unbroadcast pilot of Chris Morris's spoof series Brass Eye which at that point was called Torque TV; however, she did not appear in the series itself. She had a role as a "Travel Tavern" receptionist in I'm Alan Partridge (1997).
Phillips had a starring role in the short-lived 1999 British comedy series Hippies (with Simon Pegg and Julian Rhind-Tutt), and also co-created and wrote Smack the Pony, a double Emmy Award-winning comedy show, for which she was nominated for best female newcomer at the 1999 British Comedy Awards. Phillips also featured in Eddie Izzard's sitcom Cows.
In 2001, she took the starring role in the David Nicholl's series Rescue Me for BBC 1. She also played cameo roles in Mean Machine, Birthday Girl and Born Romantic and wrote episodes for the animation Bob and Margaret.
In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. She appeared in Bridget Jones's Diary as "Shazza", previously auditioning for Bridget; the character was based upon the film's director, Sharon Maguire.
In 2004, she took the title role in the still-running BBC radio sitcom Clare in the Community. In August 2005, she returned to the stage after a long absence, in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest at the Oxford Playhouse. In 2006, she appeared in the Australian comedy feature BoyTown; on television, she appeared as Clare Winchester in the BBC2 science fiction comedy Hyperdrive.
Between 2006 and 2009, she had recurring roles in the BBC's comedies Jam & Jerusalem as a scatterbrained New Ager Natasha "Tash" Vine and from 2009 until 2012 she appeared in Miranda as Miranda Hart's character's irritating upper class friend, Tilly. She also had a guest star part in E4's Skins, series 3 playing Pandora's mother.
In 2009, Phillips won a British Film Council screenwriting competition for her film Fag Mountain. Her first feature film script, The Decoy Bride, started production in spring 2010. Phillips appeared in a supporting role in the film, playing Emma, a Hollywood assistant. The film was released in February 2012, premièring first on cable television and as a digital download, and then had a limited theatrical release.
In December 2010, she appeared in the BBC1 drama Accidental Farmer.
In 2012, she played the lead role in the Sky 1 comedy Parents and also appeared in the CBeebies television series Justin's House. The same year she also appeared with Justin Fletcher in the role of Mr Tumble in Something Special, in one episode (Series 5) with her son in which they take a trip to the beach at Brighton.
She made two episodes of series 3 of the Dave maths and comedy series, Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums in 2014 in which she was set various maths-based physical challenges. In America, Phillips has made four appearances in the HBO comedy series Veep as Minna Häkkinen, a fictional Finnish prime minister.
During 2015 Phillips appeared in several TV shows, notably House of Fools and Death in Paradise. Phillips has also appeared in the comedy Burn Burn Burn as Ingrid a main character and also the TV movie Distinguished Ladies in which she plays the lead role of Bianca.
In 2016, she presented the one-off BBC documentary A World Without Down's Syndrome?, which examined the potential impact of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).
In 2018, she plays the scatty new night manager Lou in Trollied.
|Bridget Jones's Diary||Sharon "Shazza"|
|2004||Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Sharon "Shazza"|
|2011||The Decoy Bride||Emma||Also writer|
|2015||Set the Thames on Fire||Colette|
|2016||Pride and Prejudice and Zombies||Mrs. Bennet|
|Bridget Jones's Baby||Sharon "Shazza"|
|The Rizen||The Suited Woman|
|2017||You, Me and Him||Amy|
|2018||The More You Ignore Me||Marie Henty|||
|2019||The Rizen: Possessio||The Suited Woman||Post-production|
|2019||Blinded by the Light||Mrs. Anderson|
|1995||Smith & Jones||Episode #8.1, #8.3|
|1995–1996||Fist of Fun||Various||7 episodes|
|1997||I'm Alan Partridge||Sophie||6 episodes|
|1998||Holding the Baby||Laura|
|1998||In the Red||Jemma White||3 episodes|
|1999||Hippies||Jill Sprint||6 episodes|
|1999–2003||Smack the Pony||Various characters||Also writer|
|2002||Rescue Me||Katie Nash|
|2005-2006||Green Wing||Holly Hawkes||Series 2|
|2006||Hyperdrive||Clare Winchester||Series 1|
|2006||The Amazing Mrs Pritchard||Meg Bayliss||5 episodes|
|2006–2009||Jam and Jerusalem||Natasha "Tash" Vine||All three series (18 episodes)|
|2009–2015||Miranda||Matilda "Tilly"||Main character (20 episodes)|
|2009||Skins||Angela Moon||Episode: "Pandora"|
|2012||Parents||Jenny Pope||Main character (6 episodes)|
|2013||Chickens||Miss Trimble||Episode: "Leper"|
|2013||Something Special||Special Guest||1 episode Series 5|
|2013–2014, 2016–2017, 2019||Veep||Minna Häkkinen||5 episodes|
|2014||The Supervet||Narrator||Series 1|
|2015-||We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story||Ann Croft||TV movie tribute|
|2015||Death in Paradise||Cheryl Moore||Episode 29: "Swimming In Murder"|
|2016||Galavant||Ivanna||Episode: "Bewitched, Bothered, Belittled"|
|Midsomer Murders||Lucy Keswick||Episode 19.1 "The Village that Rose from the Dead"|
|A World Without Down's Syndrome?||Presenter||BBC Documentary|
|2016–2017||Zapped||Slasher Morgan||4 episodes: "Pear Fair" (2017), "The Party" (2017), "Mr Wuffles" (2016), "Mr Weaver" (2016)|
|2017||Lip Sync Battle UK||Herself||1 episode|
|Comic Relief||Co-presenter||2017 telethon|
|Henry IX||Queen Katerina|||
|Hospital People||Helena Steel MP, Health Minister||Episode: "he New Ward"|
|The One Show||Guest presenter||Two episodes|
|Travel Man||Guest||One episode|
|All Star Musicals||Herself, participant|
|Tim Vine Travels in Time||Catherine of Aragon||Christmas special|
|2018||Trollied||Lou Chettle||6 episodes|
|The One Show||Guest presenter||2 episodes|
|Tourist Trap||Elaine Gibbons||Main character (6 episodes)|
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- Farndale, Nigel (8 April 2001). "Funny, bright, lovely". Telegraph.co.uk.
- "Anyone see 'something special' today?". Pregnancyforum.org.uk. 7 March 2013.
- "Strange to see Sally Phillips". Twitter.com. 29 May 2012.
- "Sally Phillips on High School Shooting - The Last Leg". YouTube. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
- Gilbert, Gerard (19 January 2013). "Always the best friend: Sally Phillips on Christianity, comedians and the class system". The Independent. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
- The Last Leg (19 February 2018), Sally Phillips on High School Shooting - The Last Legs, retrieved 3 March 2018
- Potton, Ed (14 December 2017). "Sally Phillips: Whenever Weinstein saw my face in the edit suite he said, 'Cut it!'". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
- Tartaglione, Nancy (11 April 2018). "Gurinder Chadha's 'Blinded By The Light' Blessed By Bruce Springsteen; Cast Set". Deadline.com. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- "The Rizen: Possession - Goldfinch Studios". Goldfinchstudios.co.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- "A World Without Down's Syndrome? - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- Guide, British Comedy. "Henry IX cast and crew credits - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide.
- BBC One Wales website: A new comedy series following the tourist team of Wow Wales, who are tasked with selling Wales to the world. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bmfpy5