At home with Leslie Phillips
“you can’t get worse than what happened”
The national treasure opens his heart to OK! After his wife’s tragic suicide earlier this year…
Ding Dong ! Ok! is standing at the all white painted front door of Leslie Phillips, a man who can only be described as a living legend. Inside, the 87-year-old actor, dapper in his polished brogues and fitted tweed, with his breast pocket hankie folded just-so, is waiting. He tells us he is always ready on time: “i got b*****ked once by a director and never did it again.” we believe him. Half a dozen clocks sit on a trinket-packed table. Two watches- one belonging to Leslie and the other to his late wife, former bond girl Angela Scoular – circle his wrists. Around him are mementos of a lifetime filled with love and achievement- a table groans under the weight of photos of smiling grandkids and sweethearts, as well as accolades to a film career that spanned from before the Carry On films to Harry Potter with Shakespeare in between. Leslie has not been interviewed for a while. Some things are too tough to talk about, and following the shocking death of his wife in April 2011, who’d spent years battling cancer, depression and alcoholism, he has kept quiet counsel. It was a sudden suicide attempt and sadly successful.
But this is showbiz and somehow the show must go on. As well as his new Sky Arts show Living the Dream, he’s invited OK! into his Maida Vale home of 50 years. Although at times clearly affected, Leslie sips tea from a mug that says “keep calm and carry on.” charming, cheeky and handsome as ever, he sits down to spin glorious tales.