Sally Phillips

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Sally Phillips
Born (1970-05-10) 10 May 1970 (age 45)
Hong Kong
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Andrew Bermejo
Children 3
Parent(s) Tim Phillips

Sally Elizabeth Phillips (born 10 May 1970) is an English actress. She is best known for her main role in Miranda as Tilly, Parents as Jenny Pope and Set the Thames on Fire as Colette in 2015. Phillips is also set to perform in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as Mrs Bennet and also later in 2016 Phillips will appear as Sharon in Bridget Jones's Baby. Sally Phillips has also worked on films such as Burn Burn Burn as Ingrid alongside Laura Carmichael. Phillips also starred in the long running BBC Radio 4 show Clare in the Community in which she played the lead, Clare. The radio show began in 2004.


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. . 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 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 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.

During 2015 Phillips has firmly held onto her status as a successful actress starring in several TV shows as a guest star most notably House of Fools and Death in Paradise. Phillips has also starred in comedy Burn Burn Burn as Ingrid a main character and also TV movie Distingushed Ladies in which she plays the lead role of Bianca.

Phillips is also set to perform in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies during 2016 as Mrs Bennet a supporting character, Phillips will also resprise her role in Bridget Jones's Baby as Shazza.

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
2016 Bridget Jones's Baby Sharon "Shazza" Supporting Character
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Mrs. Bennet Supporting Character
2015 Distinguished Ladies Bianca Protagonist
2015 We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story Ann Croft Main Character
2015 Burn Burn Burn Ingrid Main Character
2015 Seahorse Martha Supporting Character, Short
2015 House of Fools Mary Guest Star
2015 Death in Paradise Cheryl Moore Guest Star
2015 Siblings Auntie Leslie Guest Star
2009 -2015 Miranda Tilly Supporting Character (14 Episodes)
2015 Set the Thames on Fire Colette
2012 Parents Jenny Pope Main Character (6 Episodes)
2011 The Decoy Bride Emma Main Character
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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