Sally Elizabeth Phillips (born 10 May 1970) is an English actress, television presenter and comedian. She co-created and was one of the writers of the sketch comedy show Smack the Pony. She is also known for her roles in Miranda as Tilly, I'm Alan Partridge as Sophie, Parents as Jenny Pope, Set the Thames on Fire as Colette in 2015 and her guest appearances as the fictional Finnish Prime Minister Minna Häkkinen in the US TV series Veep. Phillips also co-starred in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as Mrs Bennet, and in the role of Shazza in all three films of the Bridget Jones franchise.Since 2004, Phillips has played the title role in the BBC Radio 4 comedy show Clare in the Community. In 2018 she was curator for series 12 of The Museum of Curiosity on Radio 4.
When appearing on the panel show Q.I. in 2020, Phillips told the story of being hospitalised from salmonella in 2002 on a charity trip to Mexico. She revealed the illness led to a brain infection that caused neurological symptoms and took months to recover from.Phillips is a Christian. She was married to Andrew Bermejo for 14 years and has three sons from their marriage, one with Down's syndrome.Phillips is a patron of Blue Apple Theatre (Hampshire, UK) which specialises in creating performance work with adults with a learning disability.
Phillips was born in Hong Kong, then under British rule; her father Tim, later chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, was an executive with British Airways. Following her father's job, she grew up in the Far East, the Middle East, Italy and Australia. At aged 13, she was sent to board at Wycombe Abbey School, where she studied for both O Levels and A Levels.She then studied Italian and linguistics at New College, Oxford. Whilst there, she joined the Oxford Revue, playing mostly male parts, alongside contemporaries including Stewart Lee and Richard Herring (who went on to have their own television show, Fist of Fun, in which Phillips appeared as "the girl who smells of Spam"). She then co-wrote and performed the one-woman show Benadetta, the Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy, based on a true story. Phillips appeared in the 1990 Oxford Revue THRASH which also starred Ed Smith.After graduating with a first class degree, Phillips applied to write a PhD on the Spaghetti Western, but changed her mind and ended up studying drama with the Théâtre de Complicité.
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Off the Rails
In their 50's, three friends recreate an inter-rail journey across Europe, but this time 18-year-old Maddie is taking her mother's place, fulfilling her dying wish. With lost passports, train strikes ...
Happy Birthday Mr Bean
Thirty years ago, comedy legend Mr Bean appeared on our screens. The documentary looks at the magic behind this hero.
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Meet the Richardsons
Richardson and Beaumont play exaggerated versions of themselves as viewers get a glimpse into their home and work lives, surrounded by their celebrity friends and their Hebden Bridge neighbours.
Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration
Miranda Hart and the cast of her sitcom come together to celebrate the show's tenth anniversary with a music-filled, star-studded spectacular from the London Palladium.
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The Rizen: Possession
A group of young urban explorers and a private military unit could be the final pieces in a 60-year plan to reopen a door that should have stayed closed. Our world could be torn apart by what they unl...
The Survivors Will Envy The Dead
The ever-magnificent Sally Phillips stars as Julia, a woman dealing with the stresses of the modern world and paranoia in the face of an unknown technological future. As Julia retreats from social con...
In a show hosted by Josh and James, top comedians are posed absurd scenarios and scored on how well they would deal with them. Over three rounds, two teams of comedians have to think fast as they are ...
Dave Gorman: Terms and Conditions Apply
Once again Dave will be bringing his trusty screen along but now, in each episode, he will also be joined by three comedy guests as they cast their eye over his latest modern world discoveries, compet...
Year of the Rabbit
Detective Inspector Rabbit is a hardened booze-hound who has seen it all. Rabbit has been chasing bad guys for as long as he can remember.
Blinded by the Light
In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Tina lives in a quiet seaside town but her life is anything but quiet - her mother is threatening to leave her father, her daughter is being bullied and she and her husband Mick are juggling full time...
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My Favourite Sketch
SallyPhillips invites a beloved comedy star onto each episode to discuss sketches from the last 70 years of comedy.
Angela Carter: Of Wolves & Women
A dark and delicious foray into Angela Carter's extraordinary life with animation by Peepshow Collective, rare archive and family photos, and contributions from Angela's friends, family, students and ...
The fictional tourist board WOW Wales is the subject of Tourist Trap.
How The Young Ones Changed Comedy
This documentary explores the legacy of one of the most notorious British sitcoms of all time. Launching alternative comedy onto our screens, the show made household names of its performers and writer...
The More You Ignore Me
Jo Brand's novel, The More You Ignore Me, is a warm, comedy drama focusing on the life of an unconventional family in 1980s rural England. Gina is a young mother whose efforts to be a loving mother an...
Surviving Christmas with the Relatives
Two sisters come together to spend Christmas with their families in their fallen down country house, with hilarious consequences, as sibling rivalries flare up again to sabotage the hoped for season o...
You, Me and Him
They are very much in love. As the question of pregnancy rears its head, John befriends them and they both make disastrous decisions.
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Tim Vine Travels Through Time Christmas Special
To recover a silver lion ornament for singer Emma Bunton Tim travels back to the court of Henry Vlll where Anne Boleyn (Emma again) asks jester Tim to send invitations to the guests for her Christmas ...
Romesh: Talking to Comedians
Romesh Ranganathan meets some of the UK’s most loved comedians, including Jack Dee, Sharon Horgan, Russell Howard, Jayde Adams, Humza Arshad and Tim Renkow. In these one-to-one, frank and funny conve...
We Have Been Watching
This series features some of Britain's best-loved comedians and funniest comedy actors gathering together for a jolly night in front of the telly, watching clips from classic sitcoms and sketch shows ...
Ferdinand, a little bull, likes sitting quietly under a cork tree and smelling the flowers, rather than jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. One day five men come to choose th...
Jack loves a bargain. And he loves sheds. When he buys suspiciously cheap second-hand parts to build his very own dream shed, he and long-suffering wife Helen find they've got more than they bargained...
Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How And Whom?
It has been a quarter of a century since a little-known sports reporter was given his own radio chat show by the BBC. Two radio series, five TV series, four specials, two books and one movie later, Al...
Henry is a forty-something man with a midlife crisis and looking to escape from his current situation, but he also happens to be the King of the United Kingdom.
1955 is the year. NATO and the Allied Forces have been conducting demonic experiments in order to win the arms race. The Army has unleashed something that threatens to tear our world apart. The milita...
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A World Without Down's Syndrome?
Documentary about Down's syndrome and the ethics of pregnancy screening, fronted by Sally Phillips. This film explores the science and thinking around the proposed new screening test for Down's syndro...
She has no idea what she wants now that she might be pregnant, but she is in a long-term relationship.
The comedy is about friendship and expecting the unexpected. Every day, Ivy and Margaret meet for tea at the same place. Ivy has some important news, from the first time director Alice Trueman and sta...
Bridget Jones's Baby
The 'happily ever after' plan hasn't quite gone according to plan after the break up with Mark. She decided to focus on her job as a top news producer and surround herself with old friends. For the fi...
Insert Name Here
Sue Perkins hosts a comedy panel show about people with the same first name.
The Village That Rose From The Dead
When a man is found murdered during the reopening of a ghost village, Barnaby must unravel a sinister web of lies from both past and present in order to catch the killer.
Brian Weaver, an online data marketing assistant, was suddenly transported to a parallel world, a place of bizarre creatures, magical forces and psychopathic fairies.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
There is a zombie outbreak in this remake of Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes. Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weap...
Burn Burn Burn
Two girls in their twenties embark on a road trip to spread their friend's ashes. Seph and Alex drive. As the trip progresses, Dan's volume decreases in the glove compartment.
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The love of Prince Galavant's life was lost to King Richard. There will be some twists and turns in this musical.
Travel Man: 48 Hours in...
Richard Ayoade covers everything that top tourist destinations have to offer in 48 hours.
Greg Davies is the Taskmaster, and with the help of his ever-loyal assistant Alex Horne, they will set out to test the wits, wit, wisdom and skills of five hyper-competitive comedians. The Taskmaster ...
Set the Thames on Fire
Two young men were planning to escape from a future London ruled by the Impresario.
We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story
The beginnings of Jimmy and David's writing partnership and their struggles to get Dad's Army on the screen in 1968.
20 Moments That Rocked Talent Shows
The film features clips looking at the successes, upsets and moments that caused drama in different talent shows.
There is a story of a first love and a pregnant boy.
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Original Comedy Shorts
Each episode of the comedy shorts is taken over by a different high profile comedian. The result is a mix of comedy genres, tastes and styles.
Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled
One of Britain's favourite comedians is being funny. Alan Davies isn't on a stage, or behind his QI desk sparring with Stephen Fry, or even wearing his Jonathan Creek duffle coat, instead he is at his...
The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick
Dr. One of England's top veterinarians is Noel Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick and his staff treat hard-to-cure ailments with innovative care and surgical techniques. The stories of pets, owners and the pass...
Through their own selfishness and idiocy, Hannah and Dan wreck the lives of those around them, including old friends, love interests, family members, and the unlucky individuals who just happen to cro...
A woman is woken up by the rain. The rain follows her out of bed. She carries the rain with her.
The Case of the High Foot
A comedy short set in the 1930s in which a woman complaining of a rare case of high foot goes to her doctor. What can be done about it?
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Them From That Thing
Them From That Thing is a sketch show featuring a host of Channel 4 comedy stars. The series features Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), Kayvan Novak (Facejacker), Sally Phillips (Smack The Pony) and...
If you follow single people with disabilities, they sign up to a dating agency in order to find a partner.
Flying the nest is a milestone moment, a melange of nerves and delight as you unfurl yourself from the parental wing to do the independent thing, to grow up and never look back. But what if unforeseen...
A look into American politics, revolving around former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she expected and everything everyone warned her about.
The Many Faces of Ronnie Barker
The story of a quiet dedicated actor who went on to become one of the country's favourite comedy stars is told in a programme. Some people remember his genius are David Renwick, Josephine Tewson, and ...
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Beauty and the Beast: The Ugly Face of Prejudice
Beauty and the Beast: Ugly Face of Prejudice is a UK Channel 4 documentary series that investigates the extremes of discrimination against people with facial disfigurement.
The Decoy Bride
A local woman is hired to keep the media away from a Hollywood actress who is in Scotland for a wedding.
Set in Valco, a fictional budget supermarket in the north west of England, Trollied finds the funny in one of our most familiar surroundings and focuses on the types of characters we all recognise: bo...
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Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge
Steve Coogan is a fictional radio DJ in a British mockumentary series called Mid Morning Matters, which was funded by the British arm of Australian lager company Foster's. The first of twelve 15-minut...
A double act is trying to make it in the world of stand-up comedy.
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Miranda gets into awkward situations, like working in her joke shop with Stevie, being hounded by her mother, and especially when she's around her crush Gary.
Moving On is a British television series that tells the story of a person going through a change in their life and moving on.
There is a sitcom about the music industry.
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Harley Street is a British television medical drama shown on ITV in 2008. The series was made by Carnival Films and was set in Harley Street, London. Created by Marston Bloom and written by Howard Ov...
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Jam & Jerusalem
Jam & Jerusalem aired on the British Broadcasting Corporation's One channel from 2006 to 2009. It starred David Mitchell, Dawn French, and SallyPhillips. The earlier episodes starred Lumley and Mantle...
In 2151 and 2152, it follows the crew of HMS Camden Lock as they attempt to protect British interests in a changing universe.
The Amazing Mrs Pritchard
A supermarket manager decides to stand for election and her steady gains of support gives rise to the thought of becoming Prime Minister.
The pin-up boys were the hottest thing in the eighties. Their hits like "Tough Titties" and "BoyTown" made them the biggest boy band on the planet. The Boys to Men of BoyTown are ready to suck in the ...
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8 out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats is a British television comedy panel game. The first broadcast was on June 3, 2005. The show is based on statistics and opinion polls, and draws on polls produced by a variety of orga...
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The tooth fairy lives in a world that has lost its ability to use magic, and she is feisty. She decided to give away all of her money because she was fed up with fairies forgetting about magic. The le...
She starts her first day at work with dishevelled and under-deodorised clothes and encounters an assortment of bizarre and deranged characters. One of the most bizarre journeys you're ever likely to t...
Churchill: The Hollywood Years
A group of American executives making a film about World War II decide that their lead is not glamorous and will draft an American. To be a leader. Their take on the war depicts a handsome man falling...
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
It's becoming uncomfortable in her relationship with Mark. She has to deal with a new boss, a strange contractor and the worst vacation of her life after discovering that he's a conservative voter.
A sword-and-sandals comedy-adventure about three unlikely heroes who set out to save Celtic Britain from a Roman invasion.
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Rescue Me is a British romantic comedy television series that was broadcast in 2002. It was written by David Nicholls and stars Sally Phillips as a woman who is recovering from a divorce while at the ...
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Richard & Judy
Richard & Judy was a British chat show presented by the married couple Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. The show originally aired on Channel 4, from 2001 to 2008, but later moved to digital chan...
Danny'Mean Machine' Meehan was thrown in jail for attacking two police officers. He has the chance to forget and change the lives of the prisoners if he keeps his head down. Danny takes the lead when ...
Bridget Jones's Diary
A snobbish lawyer and a chaoticBridget Jones end up in the same world.
A shy bank clerk orders a bride from Russia and finds his life turned upside down.
In modern-day London, three men (Craig Ferguson, Jimi Mistry and David Morrissey) and three women (Olivia Williams, Jane Horrocks and Catherine McCormack) fall in and out of love and back again, to th...
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Smack the Pony
Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show Among the show's regular themes were unsuccessful relationships, competition in the workplace and latent lesbianism, but sketches would also dip into th...
Swinging London was edited by Ray Purbbs from his flat in Notting Hill Gate. Ray believes that he is a major player in the battle between the Establishment and the alternative society. Alex, though he...
William Thacker's mundane existence is thrown into turmoil when Anna Scott shows up in his shop. A chance encounter over spilled orange juice leads to a kiss. As the average bloke and glamorous movie ...
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You Are Here
A comedy special from a cast full of up and coming comic actors and comedians.
In the Red
A series of killings of bank managers has London in a turmoil, all the way up to Parliament. And the killer regularly calls about his handiwork, but only to a street-wise, and usually rather tipsy, ra...
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Fist of Fun
Fist of Fun was a British comedy television and radio programme, written by and starring Lee and Herring. A lot of the show's comic material was adapted from Lee and Herring's radio programme Lionel N...
Adrian Healey is clever, charming and witty, but he is also an expert liar. He is groomed in the dark arts of spy craft at one of England's finest educational establishments where his ability to cheat...
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
A teenage girl misses her flight at JFK Airport and meets a young British guy who may be her true love.