British actor Leslie Phillips died last night (Monday) at the age of 98 after a long illness.
Phillips’ agent confirmed the star died peacefully in his sleep on Monday.
The comedian starred in more than 200 films, television and radio series during his eight-decade career. However, he is probably known to younger fans as the voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films.
He was born in London and served as a lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry during World War II – between 1942 and 1945.
The 1930s marked his first film appearances, but it was later in his career, in 1959 and 1960, when he starred in more well-known films, mainly in Britain: Carry On Nurse, Carry On Teacher and Carry On Constable.
He has also taken on dramatic roles, including a BAFTA-nominated performance opposite Peter O’Toole in the 2006 film Venus.
Phillips was awarded an OBE in 1998 and was promoted to CBE in 2008.
The actor suffered two strokes six months apart at the age of 90.
Some sad news the ‘Carry On’ actor Leslie Philips has died peacefully in his sleep yesterday at the age of 98. RIP pic.twitter.com/OcbSU8lgRN
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