Jonathan Lynn

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
Perhaps best known for creating and writing the award-winning British TV series "Yes, Minister" (BBC2 1980-84) and "Yes, Prime Minister" (BBC2 1986-88), Jonathan Lynn honed his comedic skills as a member of the ... Read more »
Born: 04/03/1943 in Bath, Somerset, GB


Director (13)

The Bonny Boys 2014 (Movie)


Wild Target 2010 (Movie)


The Fighting Temptations 2003 (Movie)


The Whole Nine Yards 2000 (Movie)


Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)


Sgt. Bilko 1996 (Movie)


Greedy 1994 (Movie)


My Cousin Vinny 1992 (Movie)


The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)


Ferris Bueller 1989 - 1991 (Tv Show)


Nuns on the Run 1990 (Movie)


Smart Guys 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Clue 1985 (Movie)

Actor (10)

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

Douglas (Actor)

3 Men and a Little Lady 1990 (Movie)

Vicar Hewitt (Actor)

Suspicion 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Tailor (Actor)

Breaking Glass 1980 (Movie)

Radio DJ (Actor)

Bar Mitzvah Boy 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1975 (Movie)


Doctor in the House 1971 - 1974 (TV Show)


Prudence and the Pill 1968 (Movie)

Chemist's Assistant (Actor)

Suspicion (Movie)

Beaky Thwaite (Actor)
Writer (7)

Nuns on the Run 1990 (Movie)


The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 (Movie)


Clue 1985 (Movie)


Clue 1985 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Internecine Project 1973 (Movie)


Suspicion (Movie)


Yes, Minister (Tv Show)

Producer (3)

He's Such a Girl 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Vanity Fair 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)



Perhaps best known for creating and writing the award-winning British TV series "Yes, Minister" (BBC2 1980-84) and "Yes, Prime Minister" (BBC2 1986-88), Jonathan Lynn honed his comedic skills as a member of the Cambridge Circus satirical revue in the mid-1960s. After acting on the New York and London stage as well as British TV, he branched out into directing in the early '70s, staging plays in the West End, for the RSC, the NT and on Broadway. Lynn wrote the screenplay for "The Internecine Project" (1974) and made a short film, "Mick's People" (1982), before directing his first feature, the cult favorite "Clue" (1985). Lynn's subsequent work included the cross-dressing comedy "Nuns on the Run" (1990) starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane; the fish-out-of-water hit "My Cousin Vinny" (1991), which garnered an Academy Award for supporting actress Marisa Tomei; Eddie Murphy's political satire "The Distinguished Gentleman" (1992); and the action comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" (1999), starring Robert De Niro and Matthew Perry, which was #1 at the box office for 3 weeks. Lynn's West End theater debut, aged 23, was as an actor in the role of Motel the Tailor in the original London cast of "Fiddler on the Roof. " His subsequent London directing credits include: "The Glass Menagerie"; "Songbook" (Best Musical, Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award); "Anna Christie" (RSC, Stratford and the Donmar); Joe Orton's "Loot"; "Pass The Butler" by Eric Idle, Shaw's "Arms And The Man" and "The Gingerbread Man" (Old Vic). At the National Theatre, he directed "A Little Hotel on the Side" by Georges Feydeau and Three Men on A Horse (Olivier Award, Best Comedy). As Artistic Director of the Cambridge Theatre Company, he directed 20 productions, producing 20 others, 9 of which transferred to the West End. His numerous awards include the BAFTA Writers Award, Writers Guild (twice), Broadcasting Press Guild (twice), NAACP Image Award, Environmental Media Award, Ace Award -Best Comedy Series on US cable, and a Special award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information.


Robin Lynn


Ruth Lynn


Edward Lynn

born c. 1973

Rita Merkelis

married in 1967


Pembroke College, University of Cambridge




Helmed "The Whole Nine Yards", starring Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry


Produced and directed the comedy "Trial and Error"


Helmed the big screen version of the 1950s TV show "Sgt. Bilko", starring Steve Martin


Directed "Greedy", a comedy starring Kirk Douglas


Helmed the Eddie Murphy vehicle "The Distinguished Gentleman"


Directed the pilot/premiere episode of TV series, "Ferris Bueller"


Appeared in "Three Men and a Little Lady"


Feature directing debut (also writer) "Clue"


Short film directing debut, "Mick's People"


Broadway directing debut, "The Moony Shapiro Songbook"


RSC directing debut, "Anna Christie"


Served as artistic director of the Cambridge Theatre Company


Wrote first feature screenplay for "The Internecine Project"


Wrote first TV script for the situation comedy, "My Brother's Keeper" (also co-starred)


Stage directing debut "The Plotters of the Cabbage Patch Corner"


Was writer and cast member of syndicated TV series, "Cambridge Circus"


Appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show"


Began career as an actor with revue troupe Cambridge Circus, performing in New York

Writer for the TV and radio programs, "Yes, Minister"

Acted in repertory in Lecester, Edinburgh and with the Bristol Old Vic in London

Appeared on stage in "Green Julia" (1965), "Fiddler on the Roof" (1967-68), "Blue Comedy" (1968), "The Comedy of the Changing Years" (1969), "When We Are Married" (1970)

Directed the British TV movies: "Barmitzvah Boy" (1975), "The Knowledge" (1979), "Outside Edge" (1982), "Diana" (1984)

Bonus Trivia


Lynn received a honorary MA from Sheffield University.