Sally Phillips



Sally has established herself as a prominent figure in the world of comedy television, leaving an indelible mark with her contributions to notable shows such as I’m Alan Partridge, Jam and Jerusalem, Miranda, Taskmaster, and Veep. Her comedic journey began at the Oxford Revue, leading her to complete nine successful Edinburgh Fringe runs in productions like Ra-Ra-Rasputin—an inventive comedy biography of Rasputin set to the tunes of Boney M. She has also collaborated on noteworthy projects such as Cluub Zarathustra with Simon Munnery, Stewart Lee, Richard Thomas, and Julian Barratt, and portrayed Ophelia in Arthur Smith’s Hamlet, all while writing and performing comedy for BBC Radio.

In 1997, Sally made a significant mark as part of the groundbreaking female-led sketch show, Smack the Pony, which she co-developed and co-wrote. Airing from 1998 to 2001, the show not only garnered critical acclaim but also earned two international Emmy Awards.

Sally's versatile television career includes roles in Vanity Fair, Year of the Rabbit, Zapped, Green Wing, and the Golden Rose of Montreux-winning Henry IX. Her filmography boasts over 40 films, featuring memorable roles like Shazzer in the Bridget Jones series, Mrs. Bennett in Pride Prejudice and Zombies, and Marie in The More You Ignore Me. She has also lent her voice to the animated film Ferdinand (1998).

Beyond her contributions to the entertainment industry, Sally made a significant impact with the documentary A World Without Down's Syndrome? (BBC2) in 2016. This thought-provoking exploration of the ethical implications of national screening policies won prestigious awards and positioned her as a vocal disability advocate. Sally continues to contribute to important discussions, with invitations to address audiences ranging from midwives and gynecologists to politicians and philosophers globally.

A sought-after guest on panel shows like QI, Sally's versatility extends to hosting roles, occasionally presenting The One Show and My Life In for the BBC. In 2019, she co-founded the production company Captain Dolly, focusing on developing scripts for TV and film. Additionally, Sally wrote The Wedding with Nisti Sterk for the Swedish Production company, Jarowskij.

In 2022, Sally took on the lead role in writer-director Renee Webster’s debut, How to Please A Woman in Australia, which premiered in Australia and New Zealand. The film is set to open in the US on July 14th after being selected for Bentonville. Notably, she also starred alongside Miriam Margoyles, Tamsin Greig, Tom Cullen, Rakhee Thakrar, and Andi MacDowell in the feature film, My Happy Ending. Sally's career continues to evolve, showcasing her talent and influence across various mediums in the entertainment industry.

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