Kevin McNally

Kevin McNally

Kevin McNally, at the MagicCity Comic Con, in January 2015.
Born Kevin Robert McNally
(1956-04-27) 27 April 1956
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Nationality British
Other names Kevin R. McNally
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Phyllis Logan (1994–present)
Children David McNally (b. 1996)

Kevin Robert McNally (born 27 April 1956)[1] is an English actor who has worked in theatre and radio as well as in film and television. He is best known for portraying Joshamee Gibbs in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

Early life and education

Born in Bristol,[2] McNally spent his early years in Birmingham, attending Redhill Junior School on Redhill Road in Hay Mills and Mapledene Junior School (now Mapledene Primary School) on Mapledene Road in Sheldon. He went to Central Grammar School for Boys on Gressel Lane in Tile Cross.[3]


His first professional job, at the age of 16, was at the Birmingham Rep. In 1973 he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where, in 1975, he won the Best Actor Bancroft Gold Medal.[4]

From 1991 to 1994, he wrote nine episodes of Minder under the pseudonym Kevin Sperring with writing partner Bernard Dempsey. He played Joshamee Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and is one of the three actors who starred in all four films.[5]

In 2011, he was cast in the American television series Supernatural, as Frank.[6] In 2012, he performed as a voice actor for the best-selling video game Assassin's Creed III, providing the likeness and voice of the character of Robert Faulkner.

In 2013 he began working on a science-fiction animation project called Sam Sweetmilk.

Personal life

McNally met actress Phyllis Logan in 1994, and they married on 15 August 2011.[7] Their son David was born in 1996.[7] The family lives in Chiswick.[8]



McNally in 2007
Year Title Role[9]
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me HMS Ranger Crewman
1980 The Long Good Friday Irish Youth
1982 Enigma Bruno
1985 Not Quite Paradise Pete
1985 The Berlin Affair Heinz von Hollendorf
1987 Cry Freedom Ken
1990 Jekyll & Hyde Sergeant Hornby
1992 Stalin Sergey Kirov
1997 Spice World Policeman
1998 Sliding Doors Paul
1999 Entrapment Haas
2000 When the Sky Falls
2001 Conspiracy Martin Luther
2001 High Heels and Low Lifes Mason
2003 Johnny English Prime Minister
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Joshamee Gibbs
2004 De-Lovely Gerald Murphy
2004 The Phantom of the Opera Joseph Buquet
2005 Irish Jam Lord Hailstock
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Joshamee Gibbs
2006 Scoop Mike Tinsley
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Joshamee Gibbs
2008 Tuesday Jerry
2008 Valkyrie Carl Goerdeler
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Joshamee Gibbs
2012 Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation Harold Smith
2012 The Raven Maddux
2013 Bounty Killer Daft Willy
2015 Legend Harold Wilson
2016 The Man Who Knew Infinity Percy Alexander MacMahon
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Joshamee Gibbs

Along with fellow British actors Ian McNeice and Kenneth Branagh, McNally appeared in two Second World War films, Valkyrie and Conspiracy that depict behind-the-scenes activities of high-ranking officials in Nazi Germany.


Year Title Role[10]
1976 I, Claudius Castor
1976 Survivors (Parasites) Kane
1977 The Duchess of Duke Street (A Lesson in Manners) Tom Prince
1977 Poldark series II Drake Carne
1981 Masada Norbanus
1984 Diana Jan
1984 Doctor Who (The Twin Dilemma) Hugo Lang
1991 Bottom (Smells) Sex shop owner
1992 The Common Pursuit Stuart Thorne
1995 A Bit of Fry and Laurie Himself/Various
1997 Underworld (TV series) Mr Jezzard
1997–1999 Dad Alan Hook
1999 Rab C. Nesbitt (Commons) MP Tony Welthorpe
1999 Midsomer Murders (Blood Will Out) Orville Tudway[11]
2000 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Walter Burton Harris
2002 Shackleton Captain Frank Worsley
2002 Spooks Robert Osborne
2002 Bedtime Simon
2005 Bloodlines James Hopkin
2007 Life on Mars Supt. Harry Woolf
2007 The Minister of Divine Wesley
2009 Demons Mr Tibbs
2009 Margaret Kenneth Clarke
2009 Wuthering Heights Mr Earnshaw
2009 Law & Order: UK Harry Morgan
2010 New Tricks (Left Field) Fred Blackledge
2010 Marple (The Blue Geranium) Inspector Sumerset
2010 Midsomer Murders (The Noble Art) Gerald Farquaharson
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Freaks & Geeks) Major Willie
2011-2012 Supernatural (Slash Fiction)
(Adventures in Babysitting)
(The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo)
Frank Devereaux
2011 Downton Abbey Horace Bryant
2012 Burn Notice ("Odd Man Out") James Vanek
2013 The Challenger Lawrence Mulloy
2013 The Mill Mr. Timperley
2014–present Turn: Washington's Spies Richard Woodhull
2014 24: Live Another Day (Day 9: 10:00PM - 11:00AM) Russian agent
2015 Count Arthur Strong Ernest
2016 Lost Sitcoms: Hancock's Half Hour Tony Hancock
2016 Designated Survivor Harris Cochrane

Other TV credits include: Z-Cars, The Bill, Casualty, The New Statesman and Murder Most Horrid. McNally also co-wrote several episodes of the television series Minder and Boon in the 1980s.

Selected stage roles

Title Role Theatre Notes
Hamlet Claudius Donmar at Wyndham's Theatre opposite Jude Law, Ron Cook and Penelope Wilton
Ivanov Lebedev Donmar at Wyndham's Theatre opposite Kenneth Branagh, Malcolm Sinclair and Gina McKee
Nominated – Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Boeing Boeing Bernard Comedy Theatre
The Lady in the Van Alan Bennett 2 Queen's Theatre opposite Maggie Smith and Alan Bennett
Naked Grotti Almeida Theatre opposite Juliette Binoche
Dead Funny Richard Savoy Theatre
The Iceman Cometh Paritt National Theatre


  1. Profile,; accessed 29 November 2015.
  2. "Kevin R McNally". Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  4. "Mr Timperly (Kevin McNally)". The Mill. Channel 4.
  5. Profile,; accessed 16 March 2015.
  6. Kevin McNally cast in Supernatural,; accessed 16 March 2015.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. "Filmography". An Acclamation for Kevin R. McNally (official site). Archived from the original on 1 July 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2008.
  10. "Telly". An Acclamation for Kevin R. McNally (official site). Archived from the original on 1 July 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2008.
  11. IMDB:
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