Phyllis Logan

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Phyllis Logan
BornPhyllis Margaret Logan
(1956-01-11) 11 January 1956 (age 58)
Paisley, Scotland
Years active1977-present
Spouse(s)Kevin McNally (1994-present)
ChildrenDavid (b. 1996)
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Phyllis Logan
BornPhyllis Margaret Logan
(1956-01-11) 11 January 1956 (age 58)
Paisley, Scotland
Years active1977-present
Spouse(s)Kevin McNally (1994-present)
ChildrenDavid (b. 1996)

Phyllis Margaret Logan (born 11 January 1956) is a Scottish actress.


Logan was educated at Johnstone High School in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland.[1] After school, she graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with the James Bridie Gold Medal in 1977.


After graduation, she joined the Dundee Repertory Theatre.[2] She left in 1979 to work on stage in Edinburgh. She also worked regularly on Scottish television. On the BBC Scotland production, The White Bird Passes, she first met writer-director Michael Radford. In his first feature film, Another Time, Another Place in 1982, he cast her in the leading role of Janie, for which she won a Gold Award for Best Actress at the Taormina Film Festival and the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in 1983 and the BAFTA Award for the Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film in 1984.[3]

She has also had parts in the 1996 Mike Leigh film Secrets & Lies and a regular role as Lady Jane Felsham in the television series Lovejoy. Logan provided the broadcast voice of Ingsoc in the film version of Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Loch Ness Monster in the cartoon Freddie as F.R.O.7. She was in the radio series Coming Alive and Baggage. She played Inspector Frost's love interest in If Dogs Run Free, the last story in the A Touch of Frost series, and marries him. She has played Mrs Hughes, the housekeeper, in all four seasons to date of the period drama Downton Abbey (2010-).

Personal life[edit]

Logan has a home in Chiswick where she lives with her husband, actor Kevin McNally, and they have a son, David, born June 1996.[4]


1977Red DressTV movie
1980The White Bird PassesJanie (Aged 16)TV movie
ShoestringLindaTV series (1 episode: "Mocking Bird")
1981Play for TodayNancy ParksTV series (1 episode: "The Good Time Girls")
1983Every Picture Tells a StoryAgnes Scott
Another Time, Another PlaceJanieBAFTA Film Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film
BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress

Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress

1984The DressJuliaShort
Nineteen Eighty-FourThe Telescreen Announcer
The ChainAlison
1985Time and the ConwaysKayTV movie
The Doctor and the DevilsElizabeth Rock
1986Scotch and WryVariousVideo
Screen TwoAnneTV series (1 episode: "The McGuffin")
L'inchiestaClaudia Procula
LovejoyLady Jane FelshamTV series (47 episodes: 1986-1993)
1987First SightKathyTV series (1 episode: "Extras")
The Kitchen TotoJanet Graham
BustSheila WalshTV series (6 episodes)
1988The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway
HannayAlison RossTV series (1 episode: "Act of Riot")
1989The Angry EarthMary Penrys Jones
Screen TwoAlisonTV series (2 episodes)
And a Nightingale SangHelenTV movie
Golden EyeAnn FlemingTV movie
1990Il Sole BuioAttorney Camilla Staffa
1991Screen OneDoraTV series (1 episode: "Happy Feet")
The Play on OneDr. Ruth KovacsTV series (2 episodes)
1992Freddie as F.R.O.7.NessieVoice
1993Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful LifeFrau BunofskyShort
Soft Top Hard ShoulderKarla
Silent CriesNancy Muir
Love and ReasonLou LarsonTV serial (3 episodes)
1995Kavanagh QCSamantha FisherTV series (1 episode: "A Family Affair")
The Big OneMrs WildeTV movie
ChillerAnna SpalinskyTV series (1 episode: "Here Comes The Mirror Man")
1996Pie in the SkyDet. Supt. ChalmersTV series (1 episode: "Coddled Eggs")
Secrets & LiesMonica Purley
Inspector MorseJulia StevensTV series (1 episode: "The Daughters of Cain")
1997Shooting FishMrs Ross
An Unsuitable Job for a WomanElizabeth LeamingTV series (1 episode: "Sacrifice")
1998Invasion: EarthSquadron Leader Helen KnoxTV series (1 episode: "The Last War")
1999Midsomer MurdersKate MerrillTV series (1 episode: "Strangler's Wood")
Holby CityMuriel McKendrickTV series (8 episodes)
Rab C. NesbittJenny WelthorpeTV series (1 episode: "Commons")
All the King's MenMary BeckTV movie
HeartbeatJulia KendallTV series (1 episode: "Stag at Bay")
2000Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)Harriet Banks-SmithTV series (1 episode: "The Best Years of Your Death
Hope and GloryAnnie GilbertTV series (6 episodes)
2001CrustBill's Girlfriend
NCS: ManhuntInspector Anne WarwickTV movie
2002Cheap Rate GravityElsieShort
DickensGeorgina HogarthTV series (1 episode: "Terror to the End")
Fields of GoldRachel GreenlawTV movie
The Real Jane AustenMrs AustenTV documentary
2003The Inspector Lynley MysteriesMiriam WhitelawTV series (1 episode: "Playing for the Ashes")
AlibiLinda BrentwoodTV movie
Agatha Christie's PoirotNurse HopkinsTV series (1 episode: "Sad Cypress")
2004Out of the ShadowsLizShort
Dalziel and PascoeDet. Sgt. Jenny EttrickTV series (1 episode: "A Game of Soldiers)
Murder in SuburbiaWendy LloydTV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.6")
Silent WitnessHelen WhartonTV series (2 episodes)
2005Beneath the SkinDCI Grace ShillingTV movie
SpooksDiana JewellTV series (1 episode: "Episode #4.8")
2006MissingKaren FosterTV movie
Sea of SoulsElaineTV series (1 episode: "Sleeper")
SpooksDiana JewellTV series (1 episode: "Episode #5.10")
HeartbeatDiane BellTV series (1 episode: "Get Back")
2007Trial & RetributionAnna WildsmithTV series (1 episode: "Curriculum Vitae: Part 1")
2008HonestJennyTV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.4")
TaggartKathyTV series (1 episode: "Trust")
The Hero's JourneyShort
New TricksDr. MathiesonTV series (1 episode: "Mad Dogs")
The RoyalLady George FawcettTV series (1 episode: "Pastures New")
2009HeartbeatRose BrownTV series (1 episode: "The War of the Roses")
2010WallanderInga WallanderTV series (1 episode: "The Fifth Woman")
Silent WitnessJennifer MearsTV series (2 episodes: "Shadows")
A Touch of FrostChristine MoorheadTV series (2 episodes: "If Dogs Run Free")
Downton AbbeyMrs HughesTV series (25 episodes: 2010–present)
2012Day of the FlowersBrenda


  1. ^ "Renfrewshire Council - Education". 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ Janie Lawrence, "I'll stay in Downton Abbey as long as I can says Phyllis Logan | Express Yourself", Daily Express, 29 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-14.

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