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
|Born||11 January 1956|
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|Residence||Chiswick, London, England|
|Alma mater||Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (1977)|
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 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.
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 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.
|1983||Another Time, Another Place||Janie|
|1983||Every Picture Tells a Story||Agnes Scott|
|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||Nancy Muir|
|1996||Secrets & Lies||Monica Purley|
|1997||Shooting Fish||Mrs. Ross|
|2012||Day of the Flowers||Brenda|
|2019||Downton Abbey||Elsie Hughes-Carson|
|1980||Shoestring||Linda||Episode: "Mocking Bird"|
|1980||The White Bird Passes||Janie (age 16)||TV film|
|1981||Play for Today||Nancy Park||Episode: "The Good Time Girls"|
|1985||Time and the Conways||Kay Conway||TV film|
|1985||Off Peak||Janet||TV film|
|1986, 1989||Screen Two||Anne, Alison, Lee||Episodes: "The McGuffin", "Sitting Targets", "Defrosting the Fridge"|
|1986–1994||Lovejoy||Lady Jane Felsham||Main role (series 1–5), guest (season 6)|
|1987||First Sight||Kathy||Episode: "Extras"|
|1987||Bust||Sheila Walsh||TV series|
|1988||Hannay||Alison Ross||Episode: "Act of Riot"|
|1989||And a Nightingale Sang||Helen||TV film|
|1989||Goldeneye||Ann Fleming||TV film|
|1991||Screen One||Dora||Episode: "Happy Feet"|
|1991||The Play on One||Andrea, Ruth Kovacs||Episodes: "And the Cow Jumped Over the Moon", "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||Dept. Supt. Chalmers||Episode: "Coddled Eggs"|
|1996||Inspector Morse||Julia Stevens||Episode: "The Daughters of Cain"|
|1997||An Unsuitable Job for a Woman||Elizabeth Leaming||Episode: "Sacrifice"|
|1998||Invasion: Earth||Helen Knox||TV miniseries|
|1999||Midsomer Murders||Kate Merrill||Episode: "Strangler's Wood"|
|1999||Holby City||Muriel McKendrick||Main role (series 1)|
|1999||Rab C. Nesbitt||Jenny Welthorpe||Episode: "Commons"|
|1999||All the King's Men||Mary Beck||TV film|
|1999, 2006, 2009||Heartbeat||Julia Kendall, Diane Bell, Rose Brown||Episodes: "Stag at Bay", "Get Back", "The War of the Roses"|
|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||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, 2010||Silent Witness||Helen Wharton, Jennifer Mears||Episodes: "Death by Water: Parts 1 & 2", "Shadows: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2005||Beneath the Skin||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"|
|2007||Trial & Retribution||Anna Wildsmith||Episodes: "Curriculum Vitae: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2008||Taggart||Kathy Moffat||Episode: "Trust"|
|2008||New Tricks||Dr. Mathieson||Episode: "Mad Dogs"|
|2008||The Royal||George Fawcett||Episode: "Pastures New"|
|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"|
Awards and nominations
|1983||Taormina Film Fest||Golden Mask||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||BAFTA Awards||Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film||Another Time, Another Place||Won|
|1986||David di Donatello Awards||Best Foreign Actress||Another Time, Another Place||Nominated|
|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|
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