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Phyllis Logan
Phyllis Logan May 2014 (cropped).jpg
Phyllis Logan at an event for Downton Abbey Cast and Creators, May 2014
Born (1956-01-11) 11 January 1956 (age 63)
Alma materRoyal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (1977)
Years active1977-present
Kevin McNally (m. 2011)

Phyllis Logan (born 11 January 1956)[1] is a Scottish actress, known for playing Lady Jane Felsham in Lovejoy (1986–93) and Mrs Hughes (later Carson) in Downton Abbey (2010–15). She won the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for the 1983 film Another Time, Another Place. Her other film appearances include Secrets & Lies (1996) and Shooting Fish (1997).


Logan was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire,[2] and grew up in nearby Johnstone,[3] where she was educated at Johnstone High School.[4] She studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and graduated with the James Bridie gold medal in 1977.[5][6]


After graduation, she joined the Dundee Repertory Theatre.[7] 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. For his first feature film, Another Time, Another Place (1983), he cast Logan 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.[8] Before her success in Downton Abbey, Logan was most identified with the role of Lady Jane Felsham, co-starring with Ian McShane for eight years in nearly 50 episodes of Lovejoy, a comedy-drama for television.

She has also had a part in the 1996 Mike Leigh film Secrets & Lies. Logan provided the broadcast voice of Ingsoc in a film version of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) and the Loch Ness Monster in the cartoon Freddie as F.R.O.7 (1992). She was in the radio series Coming Alive and Baggage. She played Inspector Frost's love interest and eventual wife in If Dogs Run Free, the last story in the A Touch of Frost series. She played Mrs Hughes, the housekeeper, in all six seasons of the period drama Downton Abbey (2010-2015).

She played Andinio in "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos", the tenth episode in the eleventh series of Doctor Who.[9]

Personal life

Logan met actor Kevin McNally in 1994 and they married on 15 August 2011.[10] Their son David was born in 1996.[10] The family lives in Chiswick.[11]



Year Film Role Notes
1983 Another Time, Another Place Janie
1983 Every Picture Tells a Story Agnes Scott
1984 The Chain Alison
1985 The Doctor and the Devils Elizabeth Rock
1987 The Inquiry Claudia Procula
1987 The Kitchen Toto Janet Graham
1989 The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway Mary Welsh
1989 The Angry Earth Mary Penrys Jones
1990 The Dark Sun Camilla Staffa
1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7. Nessie (voice)
1992 Soft Top Hard Shoulder Karla
1993 Silent Cries Nancy Muir
1996 Secrets & Lies Monica Purley
1997 Shooting Fish Mrs. Ross
2009 Nativity! Mrs. Lore
2012 Day of the Flowers Brenda
2019 Downton Abbey Elsie Hughes-Carson Post-production
2020 Misbehaviour Evelyn Alexander Post-production


Year Film Role Notes
1980 Shoestring Linda Episode: "Mocking Bird"
1980 The White Bird Passes Janie (age 16) TV film
1981 Play for Today Nancy Park Episode: "The Good Time Girls"
1985 Time and the Conways Kay Conway TV film
1985 Off Peak Janet TV film
1986, 1989 Screen Two Anne, Alison, Lee Episodes: "The McGuffin", "Sitting Targets", "Defrosting the Fridge"
1986–1994 Lovejoy Lady Jane Felsham Main role (series 1–5), guest (season 6)
1987 First Sight Kathy Episode: "Extras"
1987 Bust Sheila Walsh TV series
1988 Hannay Alison Ross Episode: "Act of Riot"
1989 And a Nightingale Sang Helen TV film
1989 Goldeneye Ann Fleming TV film
1991 Screen One Dora Episode: "Happy Feet"
1991 The Play on One Andrea, Ruth Kovacs Episodes: "And the Cow Jumped Over the Moon", "Effie's Burning"
1993 Love and Reason Lou Larson TV miniseries
1995 Kavanagh QC Samantha Fisher Episode: "A Family Affair"
1995 The Big One Mrs. Wilde TV film
1995 Chiller Anna Spalinsky Episode: "Here Comes the Mirror Man"
1996 Pie in the Sky Dept. Supt. Chalmers Episode: "Coddled Eggs"
1996 Inspector Morse Julia Stevens Episode: "The Daughters of Cain"
1997 An Unsuitable Job for a Woman Elizabeth Leaming Episode: "Sacrifice"
1998 Invasion: Earth Helen Knox TV miniseries
1999 Midsomer Murders Kate Merrill Episode: "Strangler's Wood"
1999 Holby City Muriel McKendrick Main role (series 1)
1999 Rab C. Nesbitt Jenny Welthorpe Episode: "Commons"
1999 All the King's Men Mary Beck TV film
1999, 2006, 2009 Heartbeat Julia Kendall, Diane Bell, Rose Brown Episodes: "Stag at Bay", "Get Back", "The War of the Roses"
2000 Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) Harriet Banks-Smith Episode: "The Best Years of Your Death"
2000 Hope and Glory Annie Gilbert Main role (series 3)
2001 NCS: Manhunt Anne Warwick TV film
2002 Dickens Georgina Hogarth Episode: "Terror to the End"
2002 Fields of Gold Rachel Greenlaw TV film
2002 The Real Jane Austen Mrs. Austen TV film
2003 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Miriam Whitelaw Episode: "Playing for the Ashes"
2003 Alibi Linda Brentwood TV film
2003 Agatha Christie's Poirot Nurse Hopkins Episode: "Sad Cypress"
2004 Dalziel and Pascoe Jenny Ettrick Episode: "A Game of Soldiers"
2004 Murder in Suburbia Wendy Episode: "Noisy Neighbours"
2004, 2010 Silent Witness Helen Wharton, Jennifer Mears Episodes: "Death by Water: Parts 1 & 2", "Shadows: Parts 1 & 2"
2005 Beneath the Skin Grace Shilling TV film
2005–06 Spooks Diana Jewell Episodes: "4.8", "5.10"
2006 Missing Karen Foster TV film
2006 Sea of Souls Elaine Episode: "Sleeper"
2007 Trial & Retribution Anna Wildsmith Episodes: "Curriculum Vitae: Parts 1 & 2"
2008 Honest Jenny Episode: "1.4"
2008 Taggart Kathy Moffat Episode: "Trust"
2008 New Tricks Dr. Mathieson Episode: "Mad Dogs"
2008 The Royal George Fawcett Episode: "Pastures New"
2010 Wallander Inga Wallander Episode: "The Fifth Woman"
2010 A Touch of Frost Christine Moorhead Episodes: "If Dogs Run Free: Parts 1 & 2"
2010, 2012 Lip Service Judy Episodes: "1.4", "2.2"
2010–2015 Downton Abbey Elsie May Carson (Mrs. Hughes) Regular role
2012 Vera Shirley Episode: "A Certain Samaritan"
2014 Bones Sandra Zins Episode: "The Lost Love in the Foreign Land"
2017–18 The Good Karma Hospital Maggie Smart Main role (series 1), guest (series 2)
2018 Girlfriends Linda Hutchinson Main role
2018 Doctor Who Andinio Episode: "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1983 Taormina Film Fest Golden Mask Another Time, Another Place Won
1984 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actress Another Time, Another Place Won
1984 British Academy Film Awards Best Actress Another Time, Another Place Nominated
1984 BAFTA Awards Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film Another Time, Another Place Won
1986 David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actress Another Time, Another Place Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Won
2014 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Won
2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Won
2017 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Nominated


  1. ^ "Phyllis Logan". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 14 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  2. ^ "10 reasons why Paisley is already a city of culture". BBC News. 13 November 2015. Archived from the original on 13 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Video: Downton Abbey star from Refrewshire takes part in one-legged wobble challenge". Evening Times. Glasgow. 6 December 2015. Archived from the original on 14 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Renfrewshire Council - Education". The Scotsman. Scotland. 24 April 2008. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  5. ^ "My Scotland". Scotland in Trust: 23. OCLC 49921348.
  6. ^ "Celebration of Scotland's Treasures" (PDF). The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Every Picture Tells a Story" (Press release). James Scott official site. 20 December 1984. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  8. ^ Shaw, Ann (1 August 1983). "Phyllis Logan Sets the Film World Buzzing". The Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Coming Soon, Series 11, Doctor Who - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  10. ^ a b Boshoff, Alison (2 October 2015). "How Downton's unlikely lovebird proved you're never too old for marriage! Actress, 55, who plays Mrs Hughes in drama married her own Carson in real life". Daily Mail. UK. Archived from the original on 14 July 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016. Records kept by Clark County, Nevada, reveal that she married Kevin McNally, a fellow actor, on August 15, 2011. ... [The two met] Tin 1994. Two years later, they had a baby, David.
  11. ^ Lawrence, Janie (29 October 2012). "I'll stay in Downton Abbey as long as I can says Phyllis Logan". Daily Express. UK. Archived from the original on 28 August 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2013.

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