|Alma mater||New College, Oxford|
|Occupation||Actress, television presenter and comedian|
(m. 2003; div. 2017)
Sally Elizabeth Phillips (born 10 May 1970) is an English actress, television presenter, and comedian. She co-created and was one of the writers of the sketch comedy show Smack the Pony. She is also known for her roles in Miranda as Tilly, I'm Alan Partridge as Sophie, Parents as Jenny Pope, Set the Thames on Fire as Colette in 2015, and her guest appearances as the fictional Prime Minister of Finland Minna Häkkinen in the US TV series Veep. Phillips also co-starred in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as Mrs Bennet and in the role of Shazza in all three films of the Bridget Jones franchise.
Phillips was born in Hong Kong, which at the time was under British rule; her father Tim, later chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, was an executive with British Airways. In following her father's job, she grew up in the Far East, the Middle East, Italy and Australia. At the age of 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. She 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, followed shortly after 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, but she did not appear in the series itself. In Six Pairs Of Pants, six actors produced a number of regular sketches, which developed as the series progressed. As well as Phillips, the show featured Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Neil Mullarkey, Katy Carmichael and Simon Schatzberger, and was written in part by Pegg, Hynes, Mullarkey and Phillips. Regular sketches included two New Zealand characters who had moved to the UK and worked behind various bars, the whole group as "Flatmates" and various spoof horror trailers. Phillips had a role as a "Travel Tavern" receptionist in I'm Alan Partridge (1997), and as Laura in Holding the Baby. She played radio DJ Gemma White in the TV series In the Red.
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 Nicholls series Rescue Me for BBC1. 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, having previously auditioned for Bridget; the character was based upon the film's director, Sharon Maguire.
In 2004, she took the title role in the BBC radio sitcom Clare in the Community which ended after 74 episodes in 2019. 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.
In the second series of Green Wing, Phillips played the character of Holly, whose appearance threatens the blossoming relationship between Mac (Julian Rhind-Tutt) and Caroline (Tamsin Greig). Between 2006 and 2009, she had a recurring role in the BBC's comedy Jam & Jerusalem as Natasha "Tash" Vine, a scatterbrained New Ager.
In 2009, Phillips took the role of Tilly in Miranda as Miranda Hart's character's irritating upper-class friend. The series found critical success and Phillips remained a part of the show throughout its duration, from 2009 to 2015.
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.
She made two episodes of series 3 of the Dave maths and comedy series Dara Ó Briain: School of Hard Sums in 2014, in which she was set various maths-based physical challenges. In America, Phillips has made five 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. She 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 2017, she competed in series 5 of Taskmaster against Bob Mortimer, Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar and Mark Watson, finishing as runner-up to the eventual winner Mortimer. She appeared in All Star Musicals and Tim Vine Travels in Time in December 2017.
In 2018, she played the scatty new night manager Lou in Trollied.
In 2020, she played The Gibby in Channel 4's sitcom Friday Night Dinner.
She was the winner of the four competitors who appeared in the special Christmas edition of The Great British Sewing Bee that was transmitted on New Year's Eve 2020 on BBC 1. Her fellow competitors in the programme were Sabrina Grant, Lesley Joseph and The Vivienne.
When appearing on the panel show QI in 2020, Phillips told the story of being hospitalised from salmonella in 2002 on a charity trip to Mexico. She said the illness led to a brain infection which made her body become a "micro-brewery", causing neurological symptoms. Her recovery took months. In March 2022 she appeared on Mel Giedroyc's Unforgivable TV show and discussed a two-year relationship with Richard Herring in her early 20s.
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|Bridget Jones's Diary||Sharon "Shazza"|
|2004||Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Sharon "Shazza"|
|Tooth: Do You Believe in Fairies?||Mom|
|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|||
|2018||Surviving Christmas with the Relatives||Miriam|
|2019||The Rizen: Possession||The Suited Woman||Post-production|
|2019||Blinded by the Light||Mrs Anderson|
|2021||Off the Rails||Liz||Completed|
|2022||How to Please a Woman||Gina|
|TBA||The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight||Post-production|
|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"|
|2011||Parents||Jenny Pope||Main character (6 episodes)|
|2012||New Tricks||Samantha Gerson||Episode: "Moving Target"|
|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: "The 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|
|Vanity Fair||Lady Steyne||2 episodes|
|2018–2019||Tourist Trap||Elaine Gibbons||Main character (13 episodes)|
|2019||Year of the Rabbit||Princess Juliana of Bulgaria||3 episodes|
|2020||Friday Night Dinner||The Gibby||1 episode|
|2020||Sunday Morning Live||Presenter|
|2021||Meet the Richardsons||Sally Phillips||Series 2 recurring. Fictionalised version of herself|
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- "Interview with Sally Phillips on Down syndrome Awareness". This is Local London. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
- Kelso, Paul (5 July 2007). "More screens to entertain drenched punters". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
- Farndale, Nigel (8 April 2001). "Funny, bright, lovely". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
- "Six Pairs of Pants[13/10/95] (1995)". BFI. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
- "BBC - Oxford Stage-The Importance of Being Earnest".
- "Anyone see 'something special' today?". Pregnancy Forum. 7 March 2013.
- "Strange to see Sally Phillips". 29 May 2012 – via Twitter.
- "Series Q, Episode 12 - Quagmire". British Comedy Guide. 11 September 2020.
- "QI XL S17E12 Series Q - HD - Quagmire 15 February 2020 (XL edition)". 11 September 2020. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021 – via YouTube.
- Boulos, Nick (27 February 2016). "Celebrity Traveller: Sally Phillips talks chicken cooked in a bin and Northern Lights". Daily Express.
- "Sally Phillips on High School Shooting – The Last Leg". 19 February 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2018 – via YouTube.
- Gilbert, Gerard (19 January 2013). "Always the best friend: Sally Phillips on Christianity, comedians and the class system". The Independent. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
- "Sally Phillips on High School Shooting". The Last Legs. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018 – via YouTube.
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- A Downside Of Feminism | Romesh Talks to Sally Phillips About Her Early Acting Career, retrieved 5 August 2021
- Blue Apple Theatre
- Tartaglione, Nancy (11 April 2018). "Gurinder Chadha's 'Blinded By The Light' Blessed By Bruce Springsteen; Cast Set". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- "The Rizen: Possession - Goldfinch Studios". Goldfinchstudios.co.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- "A World Without Down's Syndrome?". BBC. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- "Henry IX cast and crew credits". British Comedy Guide.
- "BBC One - Sunday Morning Live - Sally Phillips". BBC. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
- "A new comedy series following the tourist team of Wow Wales, who are tasked with selling Wales to the world." BBC One Wales website
- "BBC One - Tourist Trap - Episode guide". BBC. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
- Butcher, David. "Series 6 - Episode 3 The Au Pair". Radio Times. Retrieved 28 June 2020.