Phyllis Margaret Logan (born 11 January 1956) is a Scottish actress.


 [hide*1 Education


Logan was educated at Johnstone High School in JohnstoneRenfrewshire, Scotland.[1] After school, she graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with the James Bridie Gold Medal in 1977.


After graduation, she joined the Dundee Repertory Theatre.[2] 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. In his first feature film, Another Time, Another Place in 1982, he cast her 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.[3]

She has also had parts in the 1996 Mike Leigh film Secrets & Lies and a regular role as Lady Jane Felsham in the television series Lovejoy. Logan provided the broadcast voice of Ingsoc in the film version of Nineteen Eighty-Four and theLoch Ness Monster in the cartoon Freddie as F.R.O.7. 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 three seasons to date of the period drama Downton Abbey (2010-).

Personal life[edit]Edit

Logan has a home in Chiswick where she lives with her husband, actor Kevin McNally, and they have a son, David, born June 1996.[4]


Year Film Role Notes
1977 Red Dress TV movie
1980 The White Bird Passes Janie (Aged 16) TV movie
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
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
Nineteen Eighty-Four The Telescreen Announcer
The Chain Alison
1985 Time and the Conways Kay TV movie
The Doctor and the Devils Elizabeth Rock
1986 Scotch and Wry Various Video
Screen Two Anne TV series (1 episode: "The McGuffin")
L'inchiesta Claudia Procula
Lovejoy Lady Jane Felsham TV series (47 episodes: 1986-1994)
1987 First Sight Kathy TV series (1 episode: "Extras")
The Kitchen Toto Janet Graham
Bust Sheila Walsh TV series (6 episodes)
1988 The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway
Hannay Alison Ross TV series (1 episode: "Act of Riot")
1989 The Angry Earth Mary Penrys Jones
Screen Two Alison TV series (2 episodes)
And a Nightingale Sang Helen TV movie
Golden Eye Ann Fleming TV movie
1990 Il Sole Buio Attorney Camilla Staffa
1991 Screen One Dora TV series (1 episode: "Happy Feet")
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
Soft Top Hard Shoulder Karla
Silent Cries Nancy Muir
Love and Reason Lou Larson TV serial (3 episodes)
1995 Kavanagh QC Samantha Fisher TV series (1 episode: "A Family Affair")
The Big One Mrs Wilde TV movie
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")
Secrets & Lies Monica Purley
Inspector Morse Julia Stevens TV series (1 episode: "The Daughters of Cain")
1997 Shooting Fish Mrs Ross
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")
Holby City Muriel McKendrick TV series (8 episodes)
Rab C. Nesbitt Jenny Welthorpe TV series (1 episode: "Commons")
All the King's Men Mary Beck TV movie
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
Hope and Glory Annie Gilbert TV series (6 episodes)
2001 Crust Bill's Girlfriend
NCS: Manhunt Inspector Anne Warwick TV movie
2002 Cheap Rate Gravity Elsie Short
Dickens Georgina Hogarth TV series (1 episode: "Terror to the End")
Fields of Gold Rachel Greenlaw TV movie
The Real Jane Austen Mrs Austen TV documentary
2003 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Miriam Whitelaw TV series (1 episode: "Playing for the Ashes")
Alibi Linda Brentwood TV movie
Agatha Christie's Poirot Nurse Hopkins TV series (1 episode: "Sad Cypress")
2004 Out of the Shadows Liz Short
Dalziel and Pascoe Det. Sgt. Jenny Ettrick TV series (1 episode: "A Game of Soldiers)
Murder in Suburbia Wendy Lloyd TV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.6")
Silent Witness Helen Wharton TV series (2 episodes)
2005 Beneath the Skin DCI Grace Shilling TV movie
Spooks Diana Jewell TV series (1 episode: "Episode #4.8")
2006 Missing Karen Foster TV movie
Sea of Souls Elaine TV series (1 episode: "Sleeper")
Spooks Diana Jewell TV series (1 episode: "Episode #5.10")
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 #1.4")
Taggart Kathy TV series (1 episode: "Trust")
The Hero's Journey Short
New Tricks Dr. Mathieson TV series (1 episode: "Mad Dogs")
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")
Silent Witness Jennifer Mears TV series (2 episodes: "Shadows")
A Touch of Frost Christine Moorhead TV series (2 episodes: "If Dogs Run Free")
Downton Abbey Mrs Hughes TV series (25 episodes: 2010–present)
2012 Day of the Flowers Brenda
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