Sally Phillips

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Sally Phillips
Born (1970-05-10) 10 May 1970 (age 45)
Hong Kong
Known for Miranda, Smack the Pony
Spouse(s) Andrew Bermejo
Children 3 sons
Parent(s) Tim Phillips

Sally Elizabeth Phillips (born 10 May 1970) is an English 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 television 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 science fiction comedy Hyperdrive.

Between 2006 and 2009, she had recurring roles 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 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 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 series, 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.

In 2014, she narrated the first series of The Supervet on Channel 4.

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.



Year Title Role Notes
2015 House of Fools Mary Episode 2.6
2015 Death in Paradise Cheryl Moore Episode 4.5
2014 The Supervet Herself/narrator 1st series, 4 episodes
CBeebies Bedtime Stories Herself Story: "Come On, Daisy!"
CBeebies Bedtime Stories Herself Story: "Bringing Down the Moon"
CBeebies Bedtime Stories Herself Story: "The Jelly that Wouldn't Wobble"
2013— Veep Minna Häkkinen HBO
2012 Justin's House Wanda Round CBeebies
2012 Parents Jenny Pope Sky1
2012— The Undateables Narrator Channel 4
2011 Moving On Christina episode: "Donor"
2011 Something Special Herself appearing with her husband and two of her sons
2011 New Tricks Samantha Gerson season 8, episode 5
2009-2015 Miranda Tilly BBC2
2009 Skins Pandora's mum Channel 4
2006-2009 Jam and Jerusalem Tash Vine BBC1
2006 The Amazing Mrs Pritchard Meg Bayliss BBC1
2006 8 out of 10 Cats Herself Channel 4
2006 Hyperdrive Clare Winchester BBC2
2006 Green Wing Holly Channel 4
2005 French and Saunders Christmas Special Nun No. 3 BBC1
2002 Rescue Me Katie Nash BBC1
1999 Hippies Jill Sprint BBC2
1999 Smack the Pony Various Characters Channel 4
1998 In the Red Jemma White BBC2
1998 Comedy Nation Various characters BBC2
1997 Holding the Baby Laura ITV
1997 I'm Alan Partridge Sophie BBC2
1995 The Saturday Night Armistice Various small roles BBC2
1995 Fist of Fun Various characters BBC2


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Set the Thames on Fire Colette
2011 The Decoy Bride Emma
2007 BoyTown Confidential Holly
2006 BoyTown Holly
2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Sharon "Shazza"
2004 Gladiatress Worthaboutapig
2004 Tooth mother
2001 Mean Machine Tracey
2001 Birthday Girl Karen
2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Sharon "Shazza"
2000 The Junkies Sal
1999 Notting Hill Uncredited
1991 Zitti E Mosca[2] uncredited


Year Title Role Notes
2004- Clare in the Community Clare BBC Radio 4
1996 Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue various characters BBC Radio 4
1995 The Skivers with Tim Scott and Nick Golson various characters BBC Radio 4
1995 People Like Us various characters BBC Radio 4
1995 Lee and Herring herself/various characters BBC Radio 1
1994 The Treatment herself BBC 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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