Sally Tagawa


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The renowned British actress Sally Tagawa was born in Hong Kong on 10th May of 1970 to Tim Phillips. At 13 years, the family moved back to England where she attended Wycombe Abbey School before proceeding to Oxford University where she attained a first class honors degree in modern languages. The now mother of three sons first appeared on TV in 1994 and became popular 1997 when she played a receptionist role in I’m Alan Partridge. It is however, not until the end of the 20th Century that she hit the limelight with her role in the popular British Sketch show Smack the Pony which, she was a co-author alongside Doon Mackichan and Fiona Allen. The series ran for three years closing at the beginning of 2003 after winning several awards.

Early life

Sally spent her childhood travelling the world thanks to her dad’s job at the British Airways. Tim Philips was once an executive for the British Airways and also chairman of the national Lawn Tennis Club. As a result, she lived in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East as well as Australia before settling in England at 13 years. This makes her biography unique. While at Oxford where she had joined the Oxford Revue, she spent her time co-writing and performing various roles, mostly male parts, in skits and plays.

Personal Life

Sally and her then husband separated. Before the divorce, she learnt that her first son had Down’s syndrome shortly after birth. She has since spoken publicly about it. Mr Andrew Bermejo fathered all the three boys. In October of 2017 she presented a documented dedicated to her Son Oliver who has Down’s Syndrome. In the documentary, Sally speaks not only about her experience with her special child but also the importance of early pregnancy NHS testing that detects the syndrome with a proven 99% accuracy. She mentions that she would have terminated the pregnancy if she had known about her baby’s condition. The University of East London presented the mother of three with a doctorate in honor for her advocacy on behalf of people with Down’s Syndrome. Her efforts highlighted the need to publicize debates in society to eliminate ignorance and assumptions that hinder equality in society.

Professional career

Sally Tagawa is among the few celebrities in show business without a significant dry patch in their career since the beginning of the 21st century. Before Smack the Pony, she starred consistently on nine seasons of Edinburg Fringe Festivals before Fist of Fun which was her first television appearance. The most memorable role was a part of a receptionist she played in I’m Alan Partrige in 1997.

In 2003 she was listed among the top and consistent Britain’s most funny characters. She got married to Andrew and after her role in Clare in the Community on BBC, she took a year’s break and returned to the limelight in Oscar Wilde’s The importance of being Earnest. She currently plays a night manager named Lou in Trollied and is not expected to retire from.



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