Phyllis Logan

Phyllis Logan

Phyllis Logan at an event for Downton Abbey Cast and Creators, May 2014
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977-present
Spouse(s) Kevin McNally (m. 1994)
Children David McNally (b. 1996)

Phyllis Logan is a Scottish actress, best known for playing Mrs Hughes (later Carson) in Downton Abbey and Lady Jane Felsham in Lovejoy.


Logan was educated at Johnstone High School in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland.[1] After school, she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.[2]


After graduation, she joined the Dundee Repertory Theatre.[3] 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.[4] 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).

Personal life

Logan met actor Kevin McNally in 1994, and they married on August 15, 2011.[5] Their son David was born in 1996.[5] The family lives in Chiswick.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
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 Outstanding Newcomer to Film
BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress

Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress

1984 The Dress Julia Short
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four The Telescreen Announcer
1984 The Chain Alison
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 L'inchiesta Claudia Procula
19861993 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 Crust Bill's Girlfriend
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")


  1. "Renfrewshire Council - Education". 24 April 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  2. "My Scotland". Scotland in Trust: 23. OCLC 49921348.
  3. "Every Picture Tells a Story" (press release),, 12/20/1984. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  4. The Glasgow Herald via GoogleNews, 1 August 1983. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  5. 1 2 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 5 October 2015. 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.
  6. 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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