British actor Leslie Phillips is recovering in hospital after suffering a minor stroke during a bus journey in central London. The 90 year Carry On star was travelling home with his wife Zara after a shopping trip when he began experiencing pains in his left arm. Thanks to his wife's quick action the actor is now said to be in a 'stable condition' at a London hospital where he is expected to spent at least a month.
90 year old Phillips is said to be in a 'stable' condition
Speaking to The Mirror, Phillips vowed to make a full recovery saying, “I’m too young to pop off just yet. I’ve got everything to live for.” Doctors praised the quick action of the actor's wife who immediately called an ambulance when her husband began experiencing pains.
Zara, whom he married last year, told the paper, "Leslie’s got a strong constitution; he’s a fighter, and while he isn’t in too good a shape at the moment, he’s a little bit grumpy today which I look upon as a good sign. It tells me he’s on the road to recovery." Adding, “I’m 100 per cent hopeful of him making a full recovery and of being able to take him back home.”
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Fans of the actor have been calling the London hospital where he is recovering to send their well wishes. Zara said, “They’ve given him a huge boost. I am not surprised at the love there is out there for him.”
Phillips was the voice of the sorting hat in the Harry Potter movies.
Phillips began his acting career as a child in the 1930s and has gone on to star in over 150 films. He is best known for his work in the Carry On series where he was famous for catchphrases such as "ding dong" and "hellooo!" More recently, Phillips had provided the voice of the sorting hat in the Harry Potter films.