Kevin McNally is an English actor known for portraying Joshamee Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and Horace Bryant in Downton Abbey.
Kevin’s most notable stage performances in London’s West End include his appearance as Alan Bennett opposite Maggie Smith in ‘The Lady in the Van’ and opposite Juliette Binoche in ‘Naked’. He also starred as Richard in Terry Johnson’s ‘Dead Funny’ at the Savoy Theatre.
Since 1976 Kevin has been involved in numerous TV productions beginning with his portrayal of the Roman ruler Castor, son of Tiberius, in the acclaimed BBC history series I, Claudius (1976) and his portrayal of Drake Carne in the popular series Poldark (1975). His career on television ascended after his work in Masada (1981) and in the cult TV series Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma (1984). During the 1980s and 1990s Kevin established himself as a reputable and versatile actor on both the British and American TV. He played a broad variety of leading and supporting characters ranging from the Soviet politician Kirov in Stalin (1992) to homicide detective Jack Taylor in Chiller (1995), and from an insecure son, Alan Hook, in TV series Dad (1997) to a convicted murderer James Hopkin in Bloodlines (2005). His portrayal of Frank Worsley in Shackleton (2002) as well as the role of Harry Woolf in Life on Mars (2006) are among his best known works for television.
In 1977 Kevin made his big screen debut as HMS Ranger Crewman in the James Bond adventure The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). After having played bit parts in more than twenty feature films, Kevin shot to international fame as pirate Joshamee Gibbs, his best known film role, in Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006). He returned in the role Joshamee Gibbs in the third instalment of the ‘Pirates’ franchise Pirates of the Caribbean: at World’s End (2007).