Jane Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American comedian, actress and singer. She is known for her roles in comedies such as Best in Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Role Models, as well as for her recurring roles as lawyer Joyce Wischina in The L Word, Dr. Linda Freeman, Charlie's sarcastic therapist on Two and a Half Men and as Spencer Reid's mother Diana Reid on Criminal Minds. She was also a regular on the comedy-drama series Party Down as Constance Carmell; the role garnered her a positive critical response. She is currently appearing as Sue Sylvester in the Fox musical-comedy series Glee for which she has won an Emmy Award. She also provided the voice for one of the female ogres in Shrek Forever After and plays Samantha Puckett's mother in season four of iCarly.[2]

Early life

Lynch was born and raised in Dolton, Illinois, the daughter of a homemaker mother and a banker father.[3] She was raised in an Irish Catholic family[3] and attended Thornridge High School. She received her bachelor's degree in theatre from Illinois State University and her MFA in theatre from Cornell University. She lived in Chelsea for a year and a half.


Lynch's extensive theater background involved touring with The Second City comedy troupe and playing Carol Brady in The Real Live Brady Bunch. She also wrote and starred in the award-winning play Oh Sister, My Sister. Originally produced in 1998, the play kicked off the Lesbians in Theater program at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center in 2004.

Her breakthrough film role was as Christy Cummings, the butch lesbian personal dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge) in director Christopher Guest's mockumentary Best in Show (2000). She also appeared in Guest's A Mighty Wind (2003) as porn actress-turned-folk singer Laurie Bohner and in For Your Consideration (2006) as an entertainment reporter.

Lynch is also a television performer. She starred with John Hannah and William Fichtner in 2002's MDs, and has made guest appearances in numerous television series, including L.A. Law, Judging Amy, The West Wing, 7th Heaven, Friends, Felicity, Arrested Development, the cult hit Lovespring International, Two and a Half Men, Weeds, Boston Legal, The L Word, Criminal Minds, Help Me Help You, Gilmore Girls, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Psych, Monk and Party Down among others.

In 2005, Lynch was named as one of POWER UP's "10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz."

Audiences and critics took notice of Lynch for her oddball turn in Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin. She told Fresh Air's Terry Gross the role was originally intended for a man but, at the urging of Steve Carell's wife Nancy Walls, was offered to Lynch instead.[4] Since then, she has starred in a series of films including Role Models, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Space Chimps, The Rocker, The Hammer, Another Cinderella Story, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and Spring Breakdown.[5]

She recently starred in Julie and Julia, playing the role of Dorothy McWilliams, Julia Child's sister. Entertainment Weekly dedicated an article on their website toward the possibility of her performance receiving an Academy Award nomination.[6][7]

She also appeared in the crime drama Criminal Minds as Spencer Reid's schizophrenic mother.

As of 2009, Lynch currently appears on the Fox series Glee. Lynch won glowing reviews for her role as the aggressive cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester. Mary McNamara of the LA Times wrote, "Lynch alone makes Glee worth watching."[8] Before her work with Glee, she was a series regular on the Starz comedy Party Down. Though the series was renewed for a second season, Lynch would not be returning due to her work on Glee.[9] On December 15, 2009, Lynch received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for her role on Glee. The series itself also received nominations in three other categories.[10] On August 29, 2010, Lynch won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series. On her behalf, she submitted the episode, The Power of Madonna.

It was announced on August 11, 2010 that Lynch will host Saturday Night Live for the first time this October. Glee boss Ryan Murphy broke the news to her accidentally by text.[11]

Jane Lynch also recently guest starred on the hit nickelodeon show iCarly, as Pam Puckett, Sam Puckett's mother.

Jane Lynch apeared at the 2010 MTV VMAs on Sept. 12, 2010. [12]

Personal life

Lynch, openly a lesbian, married Dr. Lara Embry on May 31, 2010 at the Blue Heron Restaurant in Sunderland, Massachusetts. Embry herself received much publicity surrounding a custody battle over two children with her former partner.

Lynch suffers from deafness in one ear.


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Taxi Killer
Vice Versa Ms. Linstrom
1992 In the Best Interest of the Children Gwen Hatcher TV Movie, as Jany Lynch
Straight Talk Gladys
1993 The Fugitive Dr. Kathy Wahlund
Fatal Instinct Prison Reporter
1997 Touch Me Counselor
2000 What Planet Are You From? Doreen
Red Lipstick Final TV Newscaster
Best in Show Christy Cummings
2001 Nice Guys Finish Last Mom Comedy short
Martini Dr. Jane Short
2002 Hiding in Walls Diane Moffet Comedy short
Collateral Damage Agent Russo
The Big Time Miss Rush TV Movie
2003 A Mighty Wind Laurie Bohner Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Exposed Julie Gross
2004 Little Black Boot Grace Comedy short
Surviving Eden Maude Silver
Sleepover Gabby Corky
Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother Blanche Monroe Comedy short
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Realtor Uncredited role
The Aviator Amelia Earhart Scenes deleted from final cut [13]
2005 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party Joan Hobbie / Minnie Animated, voice actor
Promtroversy Mimi Nimby (Concerned Parent) Comedy short
The 40-Year-Old Virgin Paula
Bam Bam and Celeste Darlene
The Californians Sybill Platt
2006 The List Dr. Davina
Separated at Worth Jennifer TV Movie
Fifty Pills Doreen
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Lucy Bobby
For Your Consideration Cindy Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
The Frank Anderson Dr. Emily Brice Comedy short
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes Joan Hobbie / Minnie Animated, voice actor
Eye of the Dolphin Glinton Lovespring International
2007 I Do & I Don't Nora Stelmack Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Jury Award for Best Actress Comedy
Smiley Face Casting Director
Suffering Man's Charity Ingrid
Love is Love Reverend Greeley Comedy short
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever Joan Hobbie / Minnie Animated, voice actor
Alvin and the Chipmunks Gail
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story News Interviewer Uncredited role
2008 The Toe Tactic Honey Strumpet
The Hammer Woman in hardware store
Adventures of Power Joni
Tru Loved Ms. Maple
Space Chimps Dr. Poole voice actor
The Rocker Lisa
Another Cinderella Story Dominique Blatt Direct-to-DVD
Role Models Gayle Sweeny
Man Maid Sabena
2009 Big Breaks M.J. Short
Spring Breakdown Senator Kay Bee Hartmann
Weather Girl J.D.
Mr. Troop Mom Ms. Hulka Nickelodeon film
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Video Game/Voice Work
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Diatryma Mom Voice Work
Julie & Julia Dorothy McWilliams
Post Grad Carmella Malby
2010 Paul Pat Stevenson forthcoming film
Shrek Forever After Gretched


Year Film Role Notes
1993 Bakersfield P.D. Michelle Hathaway Episode: "Bakersfield Madam"
Empty Nest Tammy Episode: "The Girl Who Cried Baby"
1994 Married... with Children Greta Episode: "Valentine's Day Massacre"
Party of Five Dr. Pennant Episode: "Much Ado"
The John Larroquette Show Evaluator Episode: "The Tutor"
1995 In The House Ruth Episode: "Female Trouble"
NewsRadio Carol Episode: "The Cane"
1996 Cybill Mrs. Sweeney Episode: "Educating Zoey"
3rd Rock from the Sun Mrs. Koppel Episode: "Dick, Smoker"
Caroline in the City Hostess Episode: "Caroline and the Bad Date"
Frasier Cynthia Episode: "A Lilith Thanksgiving"
1999 Dharma & Greg Sheryl Episode: "Play Lady Play"
1999–2000 Judging Amy ASA Perkins 3 Episodes: "Pilot", "Drawing the Line" & "Waterworld"
2000 JAG Episode: "The Witches of Gulfport"
Gilmore Girls Nurse Episode: "Forgiveness and Stuff"
2000–2001 The West Wing Reporter 2 Episodes: "In The Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 1" & "Two Cathedrals"
2001 Dawson's Creek Mrs. Witter Episode: "The Te of Pacey"
Cursed Carla Episode: "...And Then Jack Had Two Dates"
Popular Susie Klein Episode: "I Know What You Did Last Spring Break"
The Division Episode: "The First Hit's Free, Baby"
Arli$$ Episode: "Giving Something Back"
Boston Public Jane Morrell Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Four"
Family Law Cheryl Bowman Episode: "No Options"
The X-Files Mrs. Anne T. Lokensgard Episode: "Lord of the Flies"
The King of Queens Dr. Foreman Episode: "Ovary Action"
2001–2002 Family Guy Dotty Campbell Voice actor, 4 Episodes
7th Heaven Nurse 4 Episodes
2002 Titus Prosecutor Episode: "The Trial"
Felicity Professor Carnes 2 Episodes: "Ben Don't Leave" & "The Paper Chase"
MDs Aileen Poole, RN, Ph.D Series regular
2003 Watching Ellie Roman Episode: "TV"
The Dead Zone Flo McMurtry Episode: "The Storm"
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Oscorp Executive Voice actor, Episode: "Heroes and Villains"
According to Jim Janice Episode: "The Lemonade Stand"
2004 NYPD Blue Susanna Howe Episode: "You Da Bomb"
Monk Dr. Julie Waterford Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Married"
Las Vegas Helen Putasca Episode: "You Can't Take It With You"
Arrested Development Cindi Lightballoon 3 Episodes: "Altar Egos", "Shock and Aww" & "Justice is Blind"
Friends Ellen the realtor Episode: "The One Where Estelle Dies"
Veronica Mars Mrs. Donaldson Episode: "Return of the Kane"
2005 Unscripted Jane 2 Episodes: "Episode #1.6" & "Episode #1.7"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ranger Episode: "Unbearable"
Blind Justice Dr. Taylor 2 Episodes: "Four Feet Under" & "Rub a Tub Tub"
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Madame Rothchild Voice actor, Episode: "Magic Takes a Holiday"
Weeds The Candyman Episode: "Fashion of the Christ"
Illeanarama Illeana Douglas project
2005–2006 Rodney Amy O'Brien 2 Episodes: "Rodney Moonlights" & "Rodney Gets a Leg Up"
2006 Desperate Housewives Maxine Bennett Episode: "Silly People"
Night Stalker Scientist Episode: "Into Night", uncredited
Lovespring International Victoria Ratchford Series regular
Help Me Help You Raquel Janes Recurring role, 5 episodes
2006–2008 Criminal Minds Diana Reid 5 Episodes: "The Fisher King: Part 1", "The Fisher King: Part 2", "Revelations", "The Instincts" & "Memoriam"
Boston Legal Joanna Monroe 4 Episodes: "Can't We All Get A Lung?", "Dances with Wolves", "The Good Lawyer" & "The Verdict"
2007 Untitled Christine Taylor Project
Campus Ladies Professor Episode: "Psych 101"
The New Adventures of Old Christine Ms. Hammond 2 Episodes: "The Real Thing" & "Friends"
American Dad! Various Voice actor, 2 Episodes: "Surro-Gate" & "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever"
2004–present Two and a Half Men Dr. Linda Freeman Recurring minor role
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Comedy Series (2010)
2007–present Handy Manny Jackie Greenway Recurring role/voice work
2005–2009 The L Word Joyce Wischnia Recurring role
2008 My Name Is Earl Sissy Episode: "I Won't Die With a Little Help From My Friends"
Psych Barbara Dunlap Episode: "There Might Be Blood"
2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Joan Jameson Voice actor, Episode: "Gangland"
Party Down Constance Carmell Series regular
Reno 911 Counselor Episode: "Wiegel's Couple's Therapy"
2009–present Glee Sue Sylvester Series regular

Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

2010 The Cleveland Show Ms. Eck Episode: "Love Rollercoaster"
Phineas and Ferb Mrs. Johnson TBA
Neighbors from Hell Alex Episode: "Screw the EPA"
iCarly Pam Puckett Season Four, Episode 2 (Episode 72) "iSam's Mom"[14]
VH1 Do Something Awards Herself Host
Saturday Night Live Herself Host




Year Title Notes
2008 "Hold 4 You" Another Cinderella Story
2010 "Vogue" Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna
2010 "Physical (feat.Olivia Newton-John)" Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers


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