Leslie Phillips's story begins with a poverty-stricken childhood in north London, made all the worse when his father died when Leslie was just ten years old. Soon after, he began his acting career, and since then he has worked with Steven Spielberg, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie, among many others. Best known for his comic roles in the Carry On and Doctor series, he took the decision in later life to take on more serious roles in films such as Empire of the Sun, Out of Africa and Scandal, as well as performing in plays such as The Cherry Orchard. In this, his long-awaited autobiography, he will recall some of the great characters he has worked with, and the book will be be packed with hilarious anecdotes. He also highlights how different he is in real life from his public image as a bounder, and how he has had to look after his wife during her long illness. It is a fascinating story, brilliantly told.
Leslie Phillips was born in Tottenham in 1924. He began his theatrical career before the war and has appeared in more than 110 films. He was awarded the OBE, and in 2003 presented the British Comedy Awards with Jordan, showing once again how timelessly popular he is.