Phyllis Logan
Logan at an event for Downton Abbey Cast and Creators, May 2014
Born (1956-01-11) 11 January 1956 (age 68)
Alma materRoyal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (1977)
Years active1977–present
(m. 2011)

Phyllis Logan (born 11 January 1956)[1] is a Scottish actress, known for playing Lady Jane Felsham in Lovejoy (1986–1993) and Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey (2010–2015). 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), Shooting Fish (1997), Downton Abbey (2019) and Misbehaviour (2020).

Early life

Logan's father, David, was a Rolls-Royce engineer and a trade-union leader and became the secretary of his local branch of the AUEW (Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers). Phyllis is the youngest in her family and has a brother and a sister. Her father died at the age of 59 while she was at drama school.[2]


Logan was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire,[3] and grew up in nearby Johnstone,[4] where she was educated at Johnstone High School.[5] She studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and graduated with the James Bridie gold medal in 1977.[6][7]


After graduation Logan joined the Dundee Repertory Theatre.[8] 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 Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles in 1984.[9] She was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Before her success in Downton Abbey, where she played the housekeeper Mrs Hughes, 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.

Her character in Downton Abbey, Mrs Hughes, was voted the best Downton Abbey character of all times in a poll conducted by (the official website of Radio Times).[10]

She also starred in the 1996 Mike Leigh film Secrets & Lies alongside Timothy Spall and Brenda Blethyn. Logan provided the broadcast voice of Ingsoc in a film version of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) and the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) in the animated film 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 Maggie Smart in The Good Karma Hospital[11] (7 episodes, 2017–2018) on the ITV drama series which was later made available on Acorn TV. She also starred in a main role as Linda Hutchinson in the ITV drama series Girlfriends which was created and directed by Kay Mellor, alongside Miranda Richardson and Zoë Wanamaker.[12][13]

She played Andinio in "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos", the tenth episode in the eleventh series of Doctor Who.[14][15]

She was starred in the second series of the British television series Guilt, which was shown on both BBC Two and BBC Scotland in 2021.[16] At the British Academy Scotland Awards 2022, Phyllis Logan won the award for Best Actress - Television for her performance as Maggie Lynch in Guilt.[17] She also starred in the third and final series which was released in April 2023, premiering on BBC Scotland on April 25, 2023.

Personal life

Logan married actor Kevin McNally, whom she met in the 1994 mini-series Love and Reason[citation needed], and has one child.[18] They live in Chiswick.[19][20]

She supports several charities that support the welfare of dementia patients[21][22][23] and is also a supporter of SSPCA.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Another Time, Another Place Janie BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress
Rimini Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Taormina Film Fest Golden Mask Award
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated – David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
1983 Every Picture Tells a Story Agnes Scott
1984 The Chain Alison
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four Telescreen Announcer Voice
1984 The Dress Julia Short Film
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 / Guests of the Emperor Nancy Muir
1993 Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life Frau Brunofsky Short Film
1996 Secrets & Lies Monica Purley
1997 Shooting Fish Mrs. Ross
2003 Crust Bill's Girlfriend
2004 Cheap Rate Gravity Elsie Short Film
2004 Out of the Shadows Liz Short Film
2008 The Hero's Journey Short Film
2009 Nativity! Mrs. Lore
2012 Day of the Flowers Brenda
2013 Buoy Short Film
2019 Downton Abbey Elsie Hughes-Carson
2020 Misbehaviour Evelyn Alexander
2020 You Really Got Me Older Linda Short Film
2021 The Last Bus Mary
2021 Last Train to Christmas Auntie Vi
2022 Downton Abbey: A New Era Elsie Hughes-Carson
2022 Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Mrs. Cleaver
2022 Harold & Mary Mary Short Film
To be released Banking on Mr. Toad Constance Smedley Pre-production
To be released Surprised by Oxford Provost Regina Knight Filming[25]
To be released No Way Up Post-Production


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Shoestring Linda Episode: "Mocking Bird"
1980 The White Bird Passes[26] Janie (age 16) TV film
1981 Beginnings[27] Nell TV film
1981 Play for Today Nancy Park Episode: "The Good Time Girls"
1982 Scotch and Wry Various Episode: "Hogmanay 1982" [28] [29]
1985 Time and the Conways Kay Conway TV film
1985 Off Peak Janet TV film
19861994 Lovejoy Lady Jane Felsham Main role (series 1–5), guest (season 6)
1986 Screen Two Anne Episode: "The McGuffin"
1987 First Sight Kathy Episode: "Extras"
1987 Bust Sheila Walsh TV series
1987 When Reason Sleeps: Out of Time[30][31] Helen Wilmot TV film
1988 Hannay Alison Ross Episode: "Act of Riot"
1989 Screen Two Alison Episode: "Sitting Targets"
1989 Screen Two Lee Episode: "Defrosting the Fridge"
1989 And a Nightingale Sang Helen Stott TV film
1989 Goldeneye Ann Fleming TV film
1991 Screen One Dora Episode: "Happy Feet"
1991 Play on One [32] Andrea Episode: "And the Cow Jumped Over the Moon"
1991 Play on One [33] Dr Ruth Kovacs Episode: "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 Det. Supt. Chalmers Episode: "Coddled Eggs"
1996 Inspector Morse Julia Stevens Episode: "The Daughters of Cain"
1997 Scene Anna Episode: "Skinny Marink"
1997 An Unsuitable Job for a Woman Elizabeth Leaming Episode: "Sacrifice"
1998 The Game[34] Betty McCallum TV film
1998 Invasion: Earth Helen Knox TV miniseries
1999 Holby City Muriel McKendrick Main role (series 1)
1999 Midsomer Murders Kate Merrill Episode: "Strangler's Wood"
1999 Rab C Nesbitt Jenny Welthorpe Episode: "Commons"
1999 All the King's Men Mary Beck TV film
1999 Heartbeat Julia Kendall Episode: "Stag at Bay"
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[35] 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 Silent Witness Helen Wharton Episodes: "Death by Water: Parts 1 & 2"
2005 Beneath the Skin DCI 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"
2006 Heartbeat Diane Bell Episode: "Get Back"
2007 Richard is My Boyfriend Laura TV film
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 Maid in Britain TV movie documentary
2010 Silent Witness Jennifer Mears Episodes: "Shadows: Parts 1 & 2"
2010 Heartbeat Rose Brown Episode: "The War of the Roses"
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"
2019 The Adventures of Paddington Mrs. Bird Voice
2020 Our Queen at War[36] Narrator TV movie documentary
2020 The Highland Vet[37][38] Narrator TV documentary Series
2021 Intergalactic Phoebe Skov-King Episode: 1.5
2021 Ladybaby Sheena Dunbar [39]
2021 Guilt Maggie Lynch Series 2 and 3
TBA Miss Austen TBA In-production[40]

Radio appearances

Selected stage roles

Year Title Role Theatre
1980 The Case of David Anderson Q. C. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
1980 Threads Bernadette Hampstead Theatre
1983 The Communication Cord Susan Hampstead Theatre
1993 Marvin's Room[48] Lee Wakefield Lacker Hampstead Theatre and Comedy Theatre, London
1994 Gaucho[49] Steph/Stephanie Hampstead Theatre
2002 Richard III Queen Elizabeth Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
2008 2000 Feet Away[50] Nan Bush Theatre
2016 Present Laughter[51][52] Monica Reed Richmond Theatre
2018 Switzerland[53] Patricia Highsmith Ambassadors Theatre, London and Theatre Royal, Bath

Awards and nominations

In addition to the role-related awards listed below, Logan is 2023 winner of the St Andrew's Society of New York's Mark Twain Award[54] in honor of her significant and positive impact on the Scots community around the world.[55]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1983 Taormina Film Fest Golden Mask Another Time, Another Place Won
1984 Rimini Film Festival Best Actress 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 British Academy Film Awards Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film Another Time, Another Place Won
1986 David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actress Another Time, Another Place Nominated
1991 British Academy Television Awards - Scotland[56] Scotland - Actress in 1991 The Play On One: And The Cow Jumped Over The Moon Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downton Abbey Won
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
2022 British Academy Scotland Awards Best Actress - Television[57] Guilt Won


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