Harry Potter fame dies at 98


New Delhi: Leslie Phillips, who voiced the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 98. The British actor died “peacefully in his sleep” on Monday, his agent Jonathan Lloyd told the PA news agency.

Leslie Phillips also starred in the Carry On film series. The actor was born in Tottenham, a northern London suburb. He was basically famous for his portrayals of upper-class cads

He lost his accent while studying acting, dance and elocution at the prestigious Italia Conti Stage School.

Leslie Philips made his film debut in the 1930s, but his big break came with Gene Kelly in the musical Les Girls. It is worth mentioning that he also served as a lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry.

He turned down the opportunity to move to Hollywood and stayed in the UK, where he starred 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 younger generation recognizes Phillips’ voice from the Harry Potter films when he uttered the sorting hat.

Phillips is credited with 174 roles over the course of his career, according to IMDB. In addition to the Carry On franchise, Leslie has also appeared in Doctor in the House, Venus, and many others.

The British actor is survived by his wife Zara.

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