2020 Host – Sally Phillips
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 beauty, 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 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 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 4²s 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.
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).