Kevin McNally

Kevin McNally

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Pirates of the Caribbean 5 | On-set visit with Kevin McNally, Martin Klebba & Stephen Graham

Early life and family

Kevin Richard McNally (born 27 April 1956) is an English actor. He is known for playing Joshua Gabriel in the Pirates of the Caribbean films and Philip Swift in On Stranger Tides. He has starred in numerous theatre productions, including a leading role as Frank Edwards in Blood Brothers in 1991.

McNally was born in Bristol. His grandparents were Irish immigrants who had settled in Manchester, England; his grandfather worked on the Manchester ship canal. McNally’s parents moved to Bristol when he was two years old. He was raised Catholic and educated at Fairfield Grammar School, followed by Goshen College, Indiana, where he studied drama. After returning to England, he worked for several years as a salesman before training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Acting career

Kevin McNally’s first acting job was in a London stage production of Hereward the Wake 1975. He later worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He has appeared in numerous television programs and films, including The Bounty (1984), A View to a Kill (1985), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), At World’s End (2007) and On Stranger Tides (2011).


The following is a list of Kevin McNally’s filmography. See the List of Kevin McNally’s television appearances for his television work.

-A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
-The Princess Bride (1987)
-Gross Anatomy (1989)
-Dances with Wolves (1990)
-Misery (1990)
-The Hunt for Red October (1990)
-Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
-Year of the Comet (1992)
-Shadowlands (1993)
-Necessary Roughness (1991)
-Wyatt Earp (1994)
-Casper (1995)
-First Knight (1995)
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (1996)
Rosewood (1997)
Titanic (1997) and Wild Country (2005)

Television work

Television work
McNally’s first television appearance was as a regular in the Sunday evening children’s series The Adventures of Black Beauty in 1972. He appeared in episodes of several other dramas, including Z-Cars, Emmerdale Farm, and Angels. He played Philip Swann in the miniseries A Family at War (1971) and Kevin O’Connor in The Irish RM (1975).

Theatre work

Theatre work

McNally’s first professional theatre job was in the repertory company at Leatherhead, where he appeared in many productions, including the lead role in Billy Liar. After spending a year at the Central School of Speech and Drama, he joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where he spent four years appearing in various productions. At Birmingham, he included a season as an actor-teacher at their Young People’s Theatre. Subsequent theatre work includes appearing as Vermund in Pillars of the Community at the National Theatre and touring South Africa with the RSC production of Julius Caesar, playing Brutus. He also played touch football for Birmingham’s Actonians Touch Football Club.

Radio work

Kevin McNally is a British actor, director, and writer best known for his work in radio. He has appeared in over 100 radio plays and has directed over 50. He has also written several radio plays and adaptations, most notably the adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.


McNally began his writing career in the 1970s for the British TV series “The Professionals.” He went on to write for several other T.V. shows, including “Minder” and “Magnum, P.I..” In 1984 he wrote his first screenplay for the film “Lassiter.” He has since gone on to write for film and television. His most recent credits include the script for the 2017 film “Murder on the Orient Express” and the screenplay for the 2018 film “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.”

Personal life

McNally was born in Bristol, England. His mother, Phyllis (née Goddard), was a housewife, and his father, Harry, was a dockworker. McNally has three brothers: Gary, Glenn, and Patrick. He attended Fairfield Grammar School and later the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He is married to actress Phyllis Logan; they have two children: David (1985) and Rory (1987).

Awards and nominations

Kevin McNally has been nominated for several awards, including a BAFTA Television Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He has also won several awards, including a Drama Desk Award and an Obie Award.

BAFTA Television Award for Best Actor (1972)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie (2000)
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (1981)
Obie Award for Performance (1982)

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