(born 27 April 1956) is an English actor who has worked in theatre and radio extensively as well as in film and television.
Life and career
Born in Bristol, 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
. He went to Central Grammar School for Boys on Gressel Lane in Tile Cross
. 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.
His most famous role is Joshamee Gibbs
in the Pirates of the Caribbean
McNally lives in Hampstead
, London, with the actress Phyllis Logan
and their two children (including a son born June 1996).
Notably, along with fellow British actors Ian McNeice
and Kenneth Branagh
, McNally appeared in two World War II films, Valkyrie
that depict behind-the-scenes activities of high ranking officials in Nazi Germany.
Other TV credits include: Z-Cars
, The Bill
, The New Statesman
and Murder Most Horrid
. McNally also co-wrote several episodes of the television series Minder
in the eighties.
Selected stage roles