Phyllis Logan hails from a small town in Scotland, and is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Her big break came when she was cast as the lead in the 1983 film Another Time, Another Place, a role for which she won numerous awards. With a substantive list of film and television credits to her name including Secrets and Lies, Shooting Fish and Silent Witness, Logan has appeared in the Masterpiece productions And a Nightingale Sang and All the King's Men.
Logan describes a meaningful connection with the wartime setting of Downton Abbey. "It's so poignant for me. My grandfather fought in the First World War and died three days before the Armistice. He left behind eight children — my father was just 17 months old and he never knew his own father. There is a real potency about the First World War because we still know people who had a direct connection with it."