DATE OF BIRTH : 11th January 1956
BORN : Paisley, Scotland
BACKGROUND: She trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama – there she met her now long-time friend ex-CASUALTY actress Maureen Beattie. Phyllis won a Best Newcomer BAFTA for her performance in the film ‘Another Time, Another Place’.
CHILDREN : One son, Davie
PARTNER : Actor Kevin McNally
ON CHARACTER MURIEL : ‘She has had to make her way in a profession dominated by men, but she feels more than entitled to be where she is, she has worked her stripes. She doesn’t need to dress aggressively.’
TELEVISION CREDITS : Shoestring; Hannay; Lovejoy; Kavanagh QC; Inspector Morse; An Unsuitable Job for a Woman; Midsomer Murders; Heartbeat; Randall & Hopkirk Deceased; Poirot; Red Dress; The White Bird Passes; Lovejoy; Bust; Defrosting the Fridge; The Secret Life of Ian Fleming; And a Nightingale Sang; Love and Reason; Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life; The Big One; Chiller; Here Comes the Mirror Man; Invasio Earth; Holby City; Hope and Glory; Manhunt; Fields of Gold; Inspector Lynley Mysteries; Alibi; Poirot; Dalziel and Pascoe; Murder in Suburbia; Silent Witness; Beneath the Skin; Spooks; Sea of Souls; Trial & Retribution; Honest; Taggart; New Tricks; The Royal; Heartbeat; Wallander; Silent Witness; A Touch of Frost; Lip Service; Downton Abbey
FILM CREDITS : Another Time, Another Place; Every Picture Tells a Story; Nineteen Eighty-Four; The Chain; The Doctor and the Devils; The McGuffin; Scotch & Wry; The Kitche Toto; Inchiesta, L’; The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway; Sole buio, Il; Soft Top Hard Shoulder; Silent Cries; Secrets and Lies; Shooting Fish; All the King’s Men; Cheap Rate Gravity; The Hero’s Journey; Nativity!; Day of the Flowers
AGENT : Caroline Dawson Associates, 2nd Floor, 125 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4TE.
DID YOU KNOW?
Phyllis’ character, Muriel, in Holby was originally written as a man. ‘This is the second time it has happened to me.. what are they trying to tell me?’ she laughs.