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Comedian Leslie Phillips, who played the Sorting Hat in ‘Harry Potter’, has died

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New Delhi. Veteran English comedian Leslie Phillips, best known for his roles in the hugely popular ‘Carry On’ film series and who lent his voice to the Sorting Hat in ‘Harry Potter’, has died after a long illness. As ‘Daily Mirror’ reports, Phillips, who will be remembered for typing in phrases like ‘ding dong’ and ‘hello, I say’ in the ‘Carry On’ films (despite only starring in four of them) was 98 years old.

The veteran actor’s death was confirmed by his agent, Jonathan Lloyd, who said he died “sleeping peacefully”. He had survived the first two blows.

According to ‘Mirror’, however, the legendary actor, who was 90 at the time of his stroke, was best known for his role in ‘Carry On’. He acted in more than 200 films. His career spanning over eight decades included television and radio series.

Following the success of his “Carry On”, Phillips starred in “Doctor in the House”, “Tomb Raider” and “Midsummer Murders”. According to ‘Mirror’, he also fought as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery from 1943 through World War II, defeating Germany’s mighty Wehrmacht.

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