Kevin Robert McNally, often credited as Kevin R. McNally, is an English actor and writer. He began his acting career in the BBC TV adaptation of I, Claudius (1976), but is best known for portraying Joshamee Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Kevin McNally
McNally in 2015
Kevin Robert McNally

Bristol, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation(s)Actor, Screenwriter
Years active1976–present
(m. 2011)

Early life and education Edit

McNally was born in Bristol.[2][better source needed]

McNally spent his early years in Birmingham, attending Redhill Junior School in Hay Mills and Mapledene Junior School (now Mapledene Primary School) in Sheldon. He went to Central Grammar School for Boys on Gressel Lane in Tile Cross.[3]

Career Edit

McNally in 2006

McNally's first professional acting work, at age 16, was at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. In 1973 he received a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where, in 1975, he won the Best Actor Bancroft Gold Medal.[4]

In 1976, he appeared in BBC's I, Claudius and, in 1977, was a regular in the second series of Poldark playing Drake Carne, younger brother of Demelza Poldark. From 1991 to 1994, he wrote nine episodes of Minder, under the pseudonym Kevin Sperring, with writing partner Bernard Dempsey. He also wrote two episodes of Boon, and two episodes of Lock, Stock with Dempsey.

McNally played Joshamee Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. He is one of only three actors who appear in all five films,[5] and reprised the role in Kingdom Hearts III, making him the only actor from the film series to reprise a role in Kingdom Hearts.[6]

Along with fellow British actors Ian McNeice and Kenneth Branagh, McNally appeared in two Second World War films, Valkyrie and Conspiracy, that depict behind the scenes activities of high-ranking officials in Nazi Germany.

In 2011, he was cast in the American television series Supernatural as Frank.[7] In 2012, he performed as a voice actor for the best selling videogame Assassin's Creed III, providing the likeness and voice of the character of Robert Faulkner.[citation needed] In 2013, he began working on a science-fiction animation project, Starship Goldfish.

In 2014, he played the lead role in re-recorded radio plays of five lost episodes of Hancock's Half Hour for BBC Radio 4.[8] Following this, a further video episode was re-recorded and broadcast on BBC Four as part of the Lost Sitcoms series.[9]

From 2014 to 2017, McNally played Judge Richard Woodhull of Setauket, Long Island, in the AMC series Turn: Washington's Spies. In July 2019, he guest-starred as Inspector Grandjean in Season 2, Episode 1 of Amazon's mystery series Maigret.

In 2019, McNally portrayed Captain Mainwaring in a series of re-enactments of otherwise lost episodes of the sitcom Dad's Army.[10]

Personal life Edit

McNally was in a relationship with actress Stevie Harris and they have two children together.[11]

He met actress Phyllis Logan in 1994, and they married in 2011. Their son was born in 1996.[12] In 2013 the family lived in Chiswick.[13]

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Role[14]
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me HMS Ranger Crewman
1980 The Long Good Friday Irish Youth
1982 Enigma Bruno
1985 Not Quite Paradise Pete
The Berlin Affair Heinz von Hollendorf
1987 Cry Freedom Ken Robertson
1990 Jekyll & Hyde Sergeant Hornby
1992 Stalin Sergey Kirov
1997 Spice World Policeman
1998 Sliding Doors Paul
1999 Entrapment Haas
2000 When the Sky Falls Tom Hamilton
2001 Conspiracy Martin Luther
High Heels and Low Lifes Mason
2003 Johnny English Prime Minister
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Joshamee Gibbs
2004 De-Lovely Gerald Murphy
The Phantom of the Opera Joseph Buquet
2005 Irish Jam Lord Hailstock
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Joshamee Gibbs
Scoop Mike Tinsley
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Joshamee Gibbs
2008 Tuesday Jerry
Valkyrie Carl Goerdeler
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Joshamee Gibbs
2012 Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation Harold Smith
The Raven Henry Maddux
2013 Bounty Killer Daft Willy
2014 500 Miles North Groundsman
2015 Legend Harold Wilson
The Man Who Knew Infinity Percy Alexander MacMahon
2016 Macbeth Unhinged Duncan
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Joshamee Gibbs
2019 Robert the Bruce Sean
2021 Decrypted Colonel Pike
2021 Painted Beauty Det. Greene

Television Edit

Year Title Role[15]
1976 I, Claudius Castor
Survivors (Parasites) Jeff Kane
1977 The Duchess of Duke Street (A Lesson in Manners) Tom Prince
Poldark Drake Carne
Crown Court ("Street Gang") Paul Adams
1978 The Devil's Crown Henry the Young King
1981 Masada Norbanus
1982 Praying Mantis Bernard
1984 Diana Jan
Doctor Who (The Twin Dilemma) Hugo Lang
1987 Casualty Tom Bennod
1988 The Contract Johnny Donahue
1989 Hard Cases Richard Pearce
1991 Bottom (Smells) Sex shop owner
1992 The Common Pursuit Stuart Thorne
1993 Full Stretch Baz Levick
1995 A Bit of Fry & Laurie Himself/Various
Ghosts Craig Byatt
1997 Underworld Mr Jezzard
1997–1999 Dad Alan Hook
1999 Rab C. Nesbitt (Commons[16]) MP Tony Welthorpe
Midsomer Murders (Blood Will Out) Orville Tudway[17]
2000 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Walter Burton Harris
2002 Shackleton Captain Frank Worsley
Spooks Robert Osborne
Bedtime Simon
2005 Bloodlines James Hopkin
2007 Life on Mars Supt. Harry Woolf
The Minister of Divine Wesley
The Murder of Princess Diana Charles Davis
2009 Demons Mr Tibbs
Margaret Kenneth Clarke
Wuthering Heights Mr Earnshaw
Law & Order: UK Harry Morgan
2010 New Tricks (Left Field) Fred Blackledge
Agatha Christie's Marple (The Blue Geranium) Inspector Sumerset
Midsomer Murders (The Noble Art) Gerald Farquaharson
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Freaks & Geeks) Major Willie
2011–2012 Supernatural (Slash Fiction)
(Adventures in Babysitting)
(The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo)
Frank Devereaux
Downton Abbey Horace Bryant
2012 Burn Notice (Odd Man Out) James Vanek
2013 The Challenger Disaster Lawrence Mulloy
The Mill Mr. Timperley
Starship Goldfish Ghostworth
2014–2017 Turn: Washington's Spies Richard Woodhull
2014 24: Live Another Day (Day 9: 10:00PM – 11:00AM) Russian agent
2015 Count Arthur Strong Ernest
2016 Lost Sitcoms: Hancock's Half Hour Tony Hancock
Designated Survivor Harris Cochrane
2017 Maigret's Night at the Crossroads Inspector Grandjean
2018 The Good Fight Franz Mendelssohn
Unforgotten James Hollis
The Outpost The Smith
The ABC Murders Inspector Japp
Das Boot Greenwood senior
2019 Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes Captain Mainwaring
Catherine the Great Count Alexei Orlov
2020 The Crown Bernard Ingham
2021 Doctor Who (Village of the Angels, Survivors of the Flux, The Vanquishers) Professor Eustacius Jericho
2022 The Wingfeather Saga Podo (voice)
2023 Stonehouse Harold Wilson

Other television credits include: Z-Cars, The Bill, Casualty, The New Statesman and Murder Most Horrid. McNally also co wrote several episodes of the television series Minder and Boon in the 1980s.

Video games Edit

Year Title Role Notes Source
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Joshamee Gibbs
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Joshamee Gibbs
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean Online Joshamee Gibbs
2011 Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Joshamee Gibbs
2012 Assassin's Creed III Robert Faulkner
2013 Disney Infinity Joshamee Gibbs
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Joshamee Gibbs Credited as "Kevin R. McNally" [18]
2021 Sea of Thieves: A Pirate's Life Joshamee Gibbs [19]

Selected stage roles Edit

Title Role Theatre Notes
King Lear[20] King Lear Shakespeare's Globe opposite Saskia Reeves, Burt Caesar
Hamlet Claudius Donmar at Wyndham's Theatre opposite Jude Law, Ron Cook and Penelope Wilton
Ivanov Lebedev Donmar at Wyndham's Theatre opposite Kenneth Branagh, Malcolm Sinclair and Gina McKee
Nominated – Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Boeing Boeing Bernard Comedy Theatre
The Lady in the Van Alan Bennett 2 Queen's Theatre opposite Maggie Smith and Alan Bennett
Naked Grotti Almeida Theatre opposite Juliette Binoche
Dead Funny Richard Savoy Theatre
The Iceman Cometh Paritt National Theatre

References Edit

  1. ^ "How Downton's unlikely lovebird proved you're never too old for marriage".
  2. ^ "Kevin R McNally". Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Kevin McNally – Questions and Answers – Interview". 22 February 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Mr Timperly (Kevin McNally)". The Mill. Channel 4. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014.
  5. ^ "AN INTERVIEW WITH...KEVIN MCNALLY". 6 May 2011.[better source needed]
  6. ^ "Star-Studded Voice Cast Unveiled For Disney And Square Enix's KINGDOM HEARTS III". PR Newswire. 26 September 2018.
  7. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (31 August 2011). "Kevin McNally lands 'Supernatural' role". Digital Spy.
  8. ^ "The Missing Hancocks". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Lost Sitcoms – Hancock's Half Hour". BBC Four. 8 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Kevin McNally and Robert Bathurst to star in new Dad's Army". 9 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  11. ^ "How Downton's unlikely lovebird proved you're never too old for marriage".
  12. ^ "Downton Abbey's Phyllis Logan's Lorraine interview interrupted by husband in his dressing gown". Ebene Magazine. 19 June 2020. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  13. ^ 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 5 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Filmography". An Acclamation for Kevin R. McNally (official site). Archived from the original on 1 July 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2008.
  15. ^ "Telly". An Acclamation for Kevin R. McNally (official site). Archived from the original on 1 July 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2008.
  16. ^ "BBC". BBC Two – Rab C. Nesbitt, Series 8, Commons. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  17. ^ Midsomer Murders – Blood Will Out at IMDb
  18. ^ "STAR-STUDDED VOICE CAST UNVEILED FOR DISNEY AND SQUARE ENIX'S KINGDOM HEARTS III". Square Enix Press Center. 26 September 2018. Archived from the original on 26 June 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  19. ^ Stedman, Alex (13 June 2021). "How 'Sea of Thieves' Brought 'Pirates of the Caribbean' to Its World in New Expansion (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  20. ^ Billington, Michael (17 August 2017). "King Lear review – poverty-stricken Shakespeare puts spotlight on homeless". The Guardian.

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