Sally Phillips

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Sally Phillips
Born(1970-05-10) 10 May 1970 (age 44)
Hong Kong
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Sally Phillips
Born(1970-05-10) 10 May 1970 (age 44)
Hong Kong

Sally Elizabeth Phillips (born 10 May 1970) is a British actress.


Sally Phillips was the only woman in the 1990 Oxford Revue THRASH which also starred Ed Smith. She did 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 TV role was in Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun in 1994, shortly after followed by a cameo in Alas Smith and Jones, in which Mel Smith vomited over her. 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.

Her role as a "Travel Tavern" receptionist in I'm Alan Partridge proved to be her big break and she was nominated for best female newcomer at the British Comedy Awards that year. She 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, an all-female, double Emmy Award-winning comedy show. 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. Phillips also featured in the Eddie Izzard-written 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 2004, she took the title role in the still-running popular 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; whilst on television she appeared as Clare Winchester in the BBC2 sci-fi comedy Hyperdrive.

Between 2006 and 2009 she had recurring parts in the BBC's comedies Jam & Jerusalem as a scatterbrained New Ager and in 2009 and 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 TV 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 Sky1 comedy Parents and also appeared in the CBeebies television series Justin's house.

She made two episodes of series 3 of the Dave produced intellectual maths/comedy show, Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums in 2014 in which she was set various maths-based physical challenges such as working out from what height crockery would smash or the percentage of darts that would hit the outer rim of a moving dartboard.

Phillips has made two guest appearance in the HBO comedy series Veep as the fictional Finnish prime minister Minna Häkkinen.

Personal life[edit]

Phillips was born in Hong Kong,[citation needed] the daughter of Tim Phillips, the chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club which hosts the Wimbledon Championships.[1] She was educated at the private Wycombe Abbey School, in Campbell House and then graduated from New College, Oxford with a first class degree in Italian. She is married with three sons.



2014CBeebies Bedtime StoriesHerselfStory: "Come On, Daisy!"
2014CBeebies Bedtime StoriesHerselfStory: "Bringing Down the Moon"
2014CBeebies Bedtime StoriesHerselfStory: "The Jelly that Wouldn't Wobble"
2013-VeepMinna HäkkinenHBO
2012Justin's HouseWanda RoundCBeebies
2012ParentsJenny PopeSky1
2012The UndateablesNarratorChannel 4, 3–17 April 2012
2011Moving OnChristinaepisode: "Donor"
2011Something SpecialHerselfappearing with her husband and two of her sons
2011New TricksSamantha Gersonseason 8, episode 5
2009SkinsPandora's mumChannel 4
2006-2009Jam and JerusalemTash VineBBC1
2006The Amazing Mrs PritchardMeg BaylissBBC1
20068 out of 10 CatsHerselfChannel 4
2006HyperdriveClare WinchesterBBC2
2006Green WingHollyChannel 4
2005French and Saunders Christmas SpecialNun No. 3BBC1
2002Rescue MeKatie NashBBC1
1999HippiesJill SprintBBC2
1999Smack the PonyVarious CharactersChannel 4
1998In the RedJemma WhiteBBC2
1998Comedy NationVarious charactersBBC2
1997Holding the BabyLauraITV
1997I'm Alan PartridgeSophieBBC2
1995The Saturday Night ArmisticeVarious small rolesBBC2
1995Fist of FunVarious charactersBBC2


2015Set the Thames on FireColette
2011The Decoy BrideEmma
2007BoyTown ConfidentialHolly
2004Bridget Jones: The Edge of ReasonSharon "Shazza"
2001Mean MachineTracey
2001Birthday GirlKaren
2001Bridget Jones's DiarySharon "Shazza"
2000The JunkiesSal
1999Notting HillUncredited
1991Zitti E Mosca[2]uncredited


2004-Clare in the CommunityClareBBC Radio 4
1996Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Suevarious charactersBBC Radio 4
1995The Skivers with Tim Scott and Nick Golsonvarious charactersBBC Radio 4
1995People Like Usvarious charactersBBC Radio 4
1995Lee and Herringherself/various charactersBBC Radio 1
1994The TreatmentherselfBBC Radio 5


  1. ^ Kelso, Paul (5 July 2007). "More screens to entertain drenched punters". The Guardian (London). 
  2. ^ "Sally Phillips". London: Retrieved 23 May 2010. 

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