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Phyllis Logan (born 11 January 1956) 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)
Phyllis Logan at an event for Downton Abbey Cast and Creators, May 2014
11 January 1956 |
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|Spouse(s)||Kevin McNally (m. 2011)|
Logan was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, and grew up in nearby Johnstone, where she was educated at Johnstone High School. She studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and graduated with the James Bridie gold medal in 1977.
After graduation, she joined the Dundee Repertory Theatre. 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. Before her recent 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 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 six seasons of the period drama Downton Abbey (2010-2015).
|1977||Red Dress||TV film|
|1980||The White Bird Passes||Janie (Aged 16)||TV film|
|1980||Shoestring||Linda||TV series (1 episode: "Mocking Bird")|
|1981||Play for Today||Nancy Parks||TV series (1 episode: "The Good Time Girls")|
|1983||Every Picture Tells a Story||Agnes Scott|
|1983||Another Time, Another Place||Janie||BAFTA Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Film
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated −BAFTA Award for Best Actress
|1984||Nineteen Eighty-Four||The Telescreen Announcer|
|1985||Time and the Conways||Kay||TV film|
|1985||The Doctor and the Devils||Elizabeth Rock|
|1986||Scotch and Wry||Various||Video|
|1986||Screen Two||Anne||TV series (1 episode: "The McGuffin")|
|1986–1993||Lovejoy||Lady Jane Felsham||TV series (47 episodes)|
|1987||First Sight||Kathy||TV series (1 episode: "Extras")|
|1987||The Kitchen Toto||Janet Graham|
|1987||Bust||Sheila Walsh||TV series (6 episodes)|
|1988||The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway||Mary Welsh|
|1988||Hannay||Alison Ross||TV series (1 episode: "Act of Riot")|
|1989||The Angry Earth||Mary Penrys Jones|
|1989||Screen Two||Alison||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1989||And a Nightingale Sang||Helen||TV film|
|1989||Golden Eye||Ann Fleming||TV film|
|1990||Il Sole Buio||Attorney Camilla Staffa|
|1991||Screen One||Dora||TV series (1 episode: "Happy Feet")|
|1991||The Play on One||Dr. Ruth Kovacs||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1992||Freddie as F.R.O.7.||Nessie||Voice|
|1993||Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life||Frau Bunofsky||Short|
|1993||Soft Top Hard Shoulder||Karla|
|1993||Silent Cries||Nancy Muir|
|1993||Love and Reason||Lou Larson||TV serial (3 episodes)|
|1995||Kavanagh QC||Samantha Fisher||TV series (1 episode: "A Family Affair")|
|1995||The Big One||Mrs Wilde||TV film|
|1995||Chiller||Anna Spalinsky||TV series (1 episode: "Here Comes the Mirror Man")|
|1996||Pie in the Sky||Det. Supt. Chalmers||TV series (1 episode: "Coddled Eggs")|
|1996||Secrets & Lies||Monica Purley|
|1996||Inspector Morse||Julia Stevens||TV series (1 episode: "The Daughters of Cain")|
|1997||Shooting Fish||Mrs Ross|
|1997||An Unsuitable Job for a Woman||Elizabeth Leaming||TV series (1 episode: "Sacrifice")|
|1998||Invasion: Earth||Squadron Leader Helen Knox||TV series (1 episode: "The Last War")|
|1999||Midsomer Murders||Kate Merrill||TV series (1 episode: "Strangler's Wood")|
|1999||Holby City||Muriel McKendrick||TV series (8 episodes)|
|1999||Rab C. Nesbitt||Jenny Welthorpe||TV series (1 episode: "Commons")|
|1999||All the King's Men||Mary Beck||TV film|
|1999||Heartbeat||Julia Kendall||TV series (1 episode: "Stag at Bay")|
|2000||Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)||Harriet Banks-Smith||TV series (1 episode: "The Best Years of Your Death"|
|2000||Hope and Glory||Annie Gilbert||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2001||NCS: Manhunt||Inspector Anne Warwick||TV film|
|2002||Cheap Rate Gravity||Elsie||Short|
|2002||Dickens||Georgina Hogarth||TV series (1 episode: "Terror to the End")|
|2002||Fields of Gold||Rachel Greenlaw||TV film|
|2002||The Real Jane Austen||Mrs Austen||TV documentary|
|2003||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Miriam Whitelaw||TV series (1 episode: "Playing for the Ashes")|
|2003||Alibi||Linda Brentwood||TV film|
|2003||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Nurse Hopkins||TV series (1 episode: "Sad Cypress")|
|2004||Out of the Shadows||Liz||Short|
|2004||Dalziel and Pascoe||Det. Sgt. Jenny Ettrick||TV series (1 episode: "A Game of Soldiers")|
|2004||Murder in Suburbia||Wendy Lloyd||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.6")|
|2004||Silent Witness||Helen Wharton||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2005||Beneath the Skin||DCI Grace Shilling||TV film|
|2005–2006||Spooks||Diana Jewell||TV series (2 episodes: "Episode No. 4.8" and "Episode No. 5.10")|
|2006||Missing||Karen Foster||TV film|
|2006||Sea of Souls||Elaine||TV series (1 episode: "Sleeper")|
|2006||Heartbeat||Diane Bell||TV series (1 episode: "Get Back")|
|2007||Trial & Retribution||Anna Wildsmith||TV series (1 episode: "Curriculum Vitae: Part 1")|
|2008||Honest||Jenny||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.4")|
|2008||Taggart||Kathy||TV series (1 episode: "Trust")|
|2008||The Hero's Journey||Short|
|2008||New Tricks||Dr. Mathieson||TV series (1 episode: "Mad Dogs" Seas 5 Ep 8)|
|2008||The Royal||Lady George Fawcett||TV series (1 episode: "Pastures New")|
|2009||Heartbeat||Rose Brown||TV series (1 episode: "The War of the Roses")|
|2010||Wallander||Inga Wallander||TV series (1 episode: "The Fifth Woman")|
|2010||Silent Witness||Jennifer Mears||TV series (2 episodes: "Shadows")|
|2010||A Touch of Frost||Christine Moorhead||TV series (2 episodes: "If Dogs Run Free")|
|2010–2015||Downton Abbey||Mrs Hughes||TV series (52 episodes)|
|2012||Day of the Flowers||Brenda|
|2012||Vera||Shirley||TV series (Episode 8 "A Certain Samaritan")|
|2010, 2012||Lip Service||Cat's mother||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2014||Bones||Sandra Zins||TV series (1 episode: "The Lost Love in the Foreign Land")|
|2017||The Good Karma Hospital||Maggie Smart||TV series|
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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.
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