Kevin McNally is an English actor best known for his role as pirate Joshamee Gibbs in the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy of movies.
McNally was born in Bristol, England. He grew up in Birmingham where he attended Redhill and Mapledene Junior schools and Central Grammar School for Boys.
At the age of 16, he got his first job at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. A year later he received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 1975 he won the Best Actor Bancroft Gold Medal for his stage performance.
McNally'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 McNally has been involved in numerous TV productions beginning with his portrayal of the Roman ruler Castor, son of Tiberius, in the acclaimed BBC history mini-series I, Claudius (1976).
His career on television ascended after his work in the mini-series Masada (1981) and in the cult British television series Doctor Who in March 1984, in the episode entitled "The Twin Dilemma" (Season 21, Episode 21).
During the 1980s and 1990s McNally established himself as a reputable and versatile actor on both British and American TV.
He played a broad variety of leading and supporting characters ranging from the Soviet politician Kirov in the made-for-TV movie Stalin (1992) to homicide detective Jack Taylor in the film Chiller (1995), and from an insecure son, Alan Hook, in the television series Dad (1997) to a convicted murderer James Hopkin in the TV movie Bloodlines (2005).
His portrayal of Frank Worsley in another made-for-TV movie, Shackleton (2002), as well as the role of Harry Woolf in tweo episodes of Life on Mars in 2006 are among his best known television works.
Other television shows he has appeared in include Crown Court, Casualty, The Bill, The New Statesman, Bottom, Alleyn Mysteries, Murder Most Horrid, Alas Smith & Jones, Midsomer Murders, Spooks, and Bedtime.
McNally made his big screen debut as HMS Ranger Crewman in the James Bond adventure The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Having played bit parts in more than 20 feature films, McNally 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 is also billed as Joshamee Gibbs in the third instalment of the 'Pirates' franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
Other films he has acted in include Enigma (1983), Cry Freedom (1987), Spice World (1997), Sliding Doors (1998), Entrapment (1999), High Heels and Low Lifes (2001), Johnny English (2003), De-Lovely (2004), Dead Cool (2004), Irish Jam (2006) and Scoop (2006).
McNally has been enjoying a happy family life with Scottish actress Phyllis Logan and his two children. He is currently residing with his family in Chiswick, London, England.