Sally Phillips is a British comic actress and writer. Listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy (2003), she is instantly recognisable as one of the four female writers and performers behind Channel 4‘s award winning comedy sketch show, Smack the Pony; which ran for four years from 1999, and won an Emmy Award for the Best Popular Arts Show (˜99 and ‘00). Sally was also nominated for Best Comedy Female Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards for her role on the show.
Sally Phillips: Comedy Actor & Writer
Her beauty, talent, and razor-sharp wit make Sally perfect for a range of corporate events. She hosted the glittering Professional Beauty Awards with the perfect combination of humour and glamour. She has also fronted a corporate DVD for a Video Arts presentation skills programme, hosted the BMJ Improving Health Awards; and featured in a Post Office Travel Money Card radio campaign.
In addition to Smack the Pony, Sally‘s numerous other TV roles include playing: Tilly, Miranda Hart‘s irritating upper-class friend, in the hit series Miranda; a guest star part in the E4 drama Skins playing Pandora‘s mother; the role of Clare Winchester in the BBC 2 sci-fi comedy Hyperdrive; playing Tash Vine in the BBC 1 comedy, Jam and Jerusalem, written by Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French; and starring in the David Nicholl‘s comedy drama series Rescue Me for BBC 1.
Sally has played the eponymous character Claire in Radio 4s sitcom, Clare in the Community, since 2004. The first series won the Bronze Comedy Award at the 2005 Sony Radio Awards. Series 6 was aired on Radio 4 in 2010.
Sally Phillips: On Film
Sally has appeared on the big screen many times, firstly featuring in the British film Born Romantic in 2000; followed by Bridget Jones‘ Diary in 2001. The same year she appeared in the American-British Film Four-backed film, Birthday Girl, starring Nicole Kidman. She featured in the Bridget Jones sequel in 2004, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; and the 2004 satiric film Churchill: The Hollywood Years.
Award Winning Writer
As well as acting, Sally also wrote the film, The Decoy Bride; which was filmed on location in Scotland and was released in the UK in 2012. Starring David Tennant, Kelly MacDonald and Alice Eve, Sally also makes appearance in the film herself. Previously Sally won a British Film Council screenwriting competition for her film Fag Mountain (2009).
Sally was born in Hong Kong. She graduated from New College Oxford, where she read Italian, with a First Class Honours degree.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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