Sally Phillips

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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.

Her intelligence, 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 her famed role in 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 (series 3) 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 4’s 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 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. In 2015 she starred as Mrs Bennett in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Sally reprised her role as Shazza in the third Bridget Jones instalment, Bridget Jones’ Baby, which hit cinemas this Autumn.

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. Her father, Tim Phillips, is the Chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, who host The Wimbledon Championship. She graduated from New College Oxford, where she read Italian, with a First Class Honours degree.

The Awards went really well and Sally did an incredible job! She was engaging, witty and really lifted the event with her presence and humour – I heard so many positive comments from guests about what an amazing job she did. As well, there were quite a lot of people who were quite excited to meet her and she was very patient and kind with them. And we very much appreciated how she conveyed the importance of work in the public sector. Please pass on our sincerest thanks to her. We couldn’t have been more pleased.


She did an excellent job and everyone was very impressed! The bespoke material she wrote went down very well with our audience and we’re delighted with the feedback we’ve received.


I just wanted to say that Sally was amazing and we totally love her. Thank you so much for recommending her. If you could please tell her I said thank you and she did a fabulous job, I would really appreciate it.


Sally was great today – she got straight into the swing of it and it worked really well! I’d really like to work with her again on another project if something suitable comes up that she’s interested in too!


Sally was really lovely and did a fantastic job. I think we all really appreciate it when someone has done their research and tailored their warm-up to the event and the crowd. I loved her Charity Shop theme; perfect concept and hilarious in parts. Sally was so very refreshing as our host this year and went down a treat! I had time to chat to her at the beginning and the end, and she’s a very lovely warm person, so I think we chose very well in host this year. Do pass on my thanks and best wishes.


“Sally, I wanted to take a moment to once again thank you for your hosting efforts at the UK Agile Awards. I am struggling to find the right words here to let you know how impressed I was, and in fact we all were, with your performance and in particular with the level of effort you invested to ensure you incorporated the interests of our audience. It was clear that you went well beyond the briefing that had [been] provided to do your own research on the Agile community. The results were fabulous. Sally, and I am sincere in this sentiment; your professionalism, the graceful nature with which you conducted yourself, and the overall way you did your job that evening was inspiring. Thank you again for helping to make our night a great success.”


Been to many awards events in life. Best ever, funniest host: actress Sally Phillips! She should run the FCA.

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