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Jane Marie Lynch, born July 14, 1960, is a 60-year-old American writer, actress, comedian, and singer. She had starred on Glee as Sue Sylvester between 2009 and 2015, and made a Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie in 2013.[1] Her performance as Sue is highly praised, and she won a Golden Globe for her role in 2011.

Personal life

Young Jane

Lynch was born to Eileen Carney and Frank Lynchin, and grew up in Dolton, Illinois. [2][3] She was raised in a Catholic family and attended Thornridge High School.[2] She has two brothers, Bob and John, and a sister, Julie.[4] Her niece, Meg Doyle, is a production assistant on Glee.

Lynch had been married to Dr. Laura Embry for three years before announcing that they would be getting a divorce in 2013.[5] Embry is seeking more than $1.1 million per year in spousal support from Lynch, according to court documents.[6] Lynch and Embry's divorce was finalized in October 2014, with Embry getting $1.2 million in spousal support.[7]

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Lynch was honored with the Trevor Hero Award for her unwavering support of equality for LGBT people on December 8, 2013.[8][9]


Lynch has played roles in comedy films such as Best in Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Role Models, and is also known for her recurring roles on television as lawyer Joyce Wischina on 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 has appeared on iCarly as Sam's mom, Pam Puckett. She was also a regular on the comedy-drama series Party Down as Constance Carmell; the role garnered her positive critical response.

Lynch received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 4, 2013 for her work as an actress.[10]

Lynch's voiced a character in the  FOX series Murder Police, which was picked up for thirteen episodes. The series was canceled by FOX on October 8, 2013.[11]

She began to host NBC's Hollywood Game Night in July 2013 and even won an outstanding host Emmy in August 2014.

Lynch would star as Amy in the CBS comedy Angel from Hell in 2015 until its cancellation in 2016.[12]

Lynch was announced to make a return to Criminal Minds as Diana after a seven year absence. She is set to appear in two episodes that will air in early 2017 for a centric Reid story.[13]

Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester.


Main article: Sue SylvesterSince 2009, Lynch has played the role of Sue Sylvester in the FOX musical-comedy series Glee for which she has won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Originally, Sue would be a recurring character, and Lynch would be joining an ABC show. The show, however, fell through, then Lynch was promoted to a starring role of Glee. Lynch's performance was well received by critics.

Sue Sylvester is the main antagonist of Glee, often picking on Will Schuester and his glee kids. She is the cheerleading coach of William McKinley High School, and a ruthless bully to her colleagues and students. Sue manages to show benevolence to some people, like Kurt and her handicapped sister, Jean.


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Vice Versa Ms. Lindstrom
Taxi Killer
1992 Straight Talk Gladys
In the Best Interest of the Children Gwen Hatcher TV movie and as Jany Lynch
1993 Empty Nest Tammy ("The Girl Who Cried Baby")
Bakersfield P.D. Michelle Hathaway ("Bakersfield Madam")
Fatal Instinct Prison Reporter
The Fugitive Doctor Kathy Wahlund
1994 The John Larroquette Show Evaluator ("The Tutor")
Party of Five Dr. Pennant ("Much Ado")
Married with Children Greta ("Valentine's Day Massacre")
1995 NewsRadio Carol ("The Cane")
In the House Ruth ("Female Trouble")
1996 Frasier Cynthia ("A Lilith Thanksgiving")
3rd Rock from the Sun Mrs. Koppel ("Dick, Smoker")
Cybill Mrs. Sweeney ("Educating Zoey")
1997 Touch Me Counselor
1998 Caroline in the City Hostess ("Caroline and the First Date")
1999 Dharma & Greg Sheryl ("Play Lady Play")
Judging Amy ASA Perkins 1999 - 2000 ("Pilot," "Drawing the Line," "Waterworld")
2000 Gilmore Girls Nurse ("Forgiveness and Stuff")
Best in Show Christy Cummings
Color Me Gay Executive short
JAG Sandy's Friend ("The Witches of Gulfport")
Red Lipstick Final TV Newscaster
What Planet Are You From? Doreen
The West Wing Reporter / Reporter in Briefing Room 2000 - 2001 ("In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I," "Two Cathedrals")
2001 The King of Queens Dr. Foreman ("Ovary Action")
The X-Files Mrs. Anne T. Lokensgard ("Lord of the Flies")
Family Law Cheryl Bowman ("No Options")
Boston Public Jane Morrell ("Chapter Twenty-Four")
Arli$$ ("Giving Something Back")
The Division ("The First Hit's Free, Baby")
Martini Dr. Jane short
Nice Guys Finish Last Mom shory
Popular Suzi Klein ("I Know What You Did Last Spring Break")
The Weber Show Carla ("And Then Jack Had Two Dates")
Dawson's Creek Mrs. Witter ("The Te of Pacey")
Family Guy Dotty Campbell / French Teacher 2001 - 2002 (4 episodes)
7th Heaven Nurse 2001 - 2002 (4 episodes)
2002 MDs Aileen Poole, RN, Ph.D (10 episodes)
The Big Time Miss Rush TV movie
Felicity Professor Carnes ("The Paper Chase," Ben Don't Leave")
Collateral Damage Agent Russo
Titus Prosecutor ("The Trial")
Hiding in Walls Diane Moffet video short
2003 According to Jim Janice ("The Lemonade Stand")
Exposed Julie Gross
Spider-Man Oscorp Executive ("Heroes and Villains" and voice)
Stephen King's Dead Zone Flo McMurtry ("The Storm")
Watching Ellie Roman ("TV")
A Mighty Wind Laurie Bohner
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Realtor uncredited
Veronica Mars Mrs. Donaldson ("Return of the Kane")
Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother Blanche Monroe short
How to Be a Hollywood Player in Less Than Ten Minutes Hollywood Mogul short
Sleepover Gabby
Friends Ellen ("The One Where Estelle Dies")
Surviving Eden Maude Silver
Arrested Development Cindi Lightballoon ("Shock and Aww," "Altar Egos")
Las Vegas Helen Putasca ("You Can't Take It with You")
Monk Dr. Julie Waterford ("Mr. Monk Gets Married")
NYPD Blue Susanna Howe ("You Da Bomb")
Little Black Boot Grace short
Father of the Pride Gift Store Clerk/Lily 2004 - 2005 ("Possession," "The Siegfried and Roy Fantasy Experience Movie" and voice)
Two and a Half Men Dr. Linda Freeman 2004 - 2014 (14 episodes)
2005 The L Word Joyce Wischnia 2005 - 2009 (15 episodes)
The Californians Sybill Platt
Bam Bam and Celeste Darlene
Illeanarama Ann
Weeds The Candyman ("Fashion of the Christ")
The 40 Year Old Virgin Paula
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Madame Rothchild ("Magic Takes a Holiday" and voice)
Rodney Amy O'Brien ("Rodney Moonlights," "Rodney's Big Shot")
Blind Justice Dr. Taylor ("Four Feet Under," "Rub a Tub Tub")
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ranger ("Unbearable")
Unscripted Jane ("Episode #1.6," "Episode #1.7")
Promtroversy Mimi Nimby (Concerned Parent) short
2006 Eye of the Dolphin Glinton
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes Joan Hobbie/Minnie video short and voice
The Frank Anderson Dr. Emily Brice short
Lovespring International Victoria Ratchford (13 episodes)
For Your Consideration Cindy
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Lucy Bobby
Fifty Pills Doreen
Night Stalker Scientist ("Into Night" and uncredited)
Desperate Housewives Maxine Bennett ("Silly People")
Separated at Worth Jennifer
Help Me Help You Raquel Janes 2006 - 2007 (6 episodes)
Boston Legal Joanna Monroe 2006 - 2008 (4 episodes)
Criminal Minds Diana Reid 2006 - 2008 (5 episodes)
Handy Manny Jackie / Jackie Greenway 2006 - 2012 (4 episodes)
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Gail the Television Reporter
American Dad! Al/Doctor/Timmy's mom (4 episodes)
Alvin and the Chipmunks Gail
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever Joan Hobbie/Minnie video and voice
Love Is Love Reverend Greeley short
The List Dr. Davina short
The New Adventures of Old Christine Ms. Hammond ("The Real Thing," "Friends")
The Hammer Woman Who Argues With Jerry uncredited
Suffering Man's Charity Ingrid Sorensen
Smiley Face Casting Director
Campus Ladies Professor ("Psych 101")
Area 57 Irene Maloof TV movie
I Do & I Don't Nora Stelmack
Untitled Christine Taylor Project Janet TV movie
2008 Easy to Assemble Manager Swenka / Manager Gjorna (15 episodes)
Role Models Sweeny
Alex's Halloween Mother short
Web Therapy Claire Dudek ("Psycho Analysis: Part 1," "Psycho Analysis: Part 2," "Psycho Analysis: Part 3")
Another Cinderella Story Dominique video
Psych Commander Barbara Dunlap ("There Might Be Blood")
Space Chimps Dr. Poole voice
The Rocker Lisa
Man Maid Sabena
My Name Is Earl Sissy ("I Won't Die with a Little Help from My Friends: Part 1")
The Toe Tactic Honey Strumpet
Tru Loved Ms. Maple
Adventures of Power Joni
The Adventures of Captain Cross Dresser TV movie and voice
Never Better Linda TV movie
2009 Post Grad Carmella Malby
Julie & Julia Dorothy McWilliams
Reno 911! Therapist ("Wiegel's Couple's Therapy")
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Diatryma Mom voice
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Denise Lemon voice and video game
Mr. Troop Mom Miss Hulka TV movie
The Spectacular Spider-Man Joan Jameson ("Gangland" and voice)
Weather Girl J.D.
Spring Breakdown Senator 'Kay Bee' Hartmann
Big Breaks M.J. short
Party Down Constance Carmell 2009 - 2010 (9 episodes)
Glee Sue Sylvester
2009 - 2015 (121 episodes)

2014 ("Previously Unaired Christmas")

2010 The Cleveland Show Ms. Eck
Sue Sylvester
2010 ("Love Rollercoaster")
2011 ("How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?")
Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet Nebula voice and video game
iCarly Pam Puckett ("iSam's Mom")
Neighbors from Hell Alex ("Country Club Hell," "Screw the EPA," "Fantastic 15" and voice)
The Super Hero Squad Show Nebula 2010 - 2011 ("Double Negation at the World's End!," "When Strikes the Surfer!")
2011 Small Fry Queen Neptuna voice
The Simpsons Roz ("Replaceable You" and voice)
Web Therapy Claire Dudek ("Public Relations")
The Lady with 700 Cats Narrator TV movie
Phineas and Ferb Mrs. Johnson 2011 - 2013 (4 episodes)
2012 Dino Time Sue
Wreck-It Ralph Calhoun voice
Delhi Safari Female Flamingo voice: English version
The Three Stooges Mother Superior
8 Maggie Gallagher video
WordGirl ("The Rise of Miss Power, Part 1/The Rise of Miss Power, Part 2")
Abominable Christmas Margaret Knowhow voice and TV movie
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Cobb/Jane the Peanut ("Pop Star," "An Orange Carol" and voice)
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Io voice
A.C.O.D. Dr. Judith
Afternoon Delight Lenore
2014 Birds of Paradise Rosie voice and video
The Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour! Dark Puba ("Pilot")
2015 Girl Meets World Herself ("Girl Meets Farkle's Choice")
After the Reality Doctor post-production
Portlandia Barbecue Planner ("4th of July")
Angel from Hell Amy


  • She shares her life with two dogs and two cats. She has a Lhasa Apso named Oliva, a Wheaten Terrier named Georgie, a Gray Tabby named Geta and a Red Tabby named Riley.
  • Her favorite Sue line is "That's what they said about a young man in Chicago in 1871, who thought he'd play a harmless prank on the dairy cow of one Mrs. O'Leary. He successfully ignited its flatulence, and a city burned, William. That young terrorist went on to become the first gay president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln."
  • She's deaf in her right ear.
  • She quit in the middle of her first play.
  • She loves coffee and the first pot in the morning needs to be perfect. She can do it over and over again.
  • Her dog wears a diaper.
  • She's afraid of elevators.
  • She sends her sheets to the cleaners.
  • She performed all her own singing and guitar playing in A Mighty Wind (2003).
  • She penned and starred in the award winning play "Oh, Sister, My Sister!"
  • Her favorite films are The Crossing Guard (1995), Ninotchka (1939), The Big Lebowski (1998), Zoolander (2001), and Private Benjamin (1980).
  • She's the tallest of her castmates.
  • She voiced Sergeant Calhoun, a female action game character from the 2012 movie Wreck-It-Ralph.
  • She made her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in a revival of the 1977's musical, Annie, from May 14 to July 14, 2013. 
  • She guest starred on Disney's Girl Meets World in 2015.
  • People sometimes call Jane: "Janer" and "Janie."[14]
  • Her favorite curse word is "f**k a duck"


[In an Interview with the UK Mirror on why she didn't tell her parents she is a lesbian until she was 31 years old] I didn't want to be gay. I wanted to be...I wanted an easy life. And you know what? I am gay and I still have an easy life.

Lynch alone makes "Glee" worth watching.

Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times




A Mighty Wind is Blowin' - New Main Street Singers, The Folksmen and Mitch & Mickey.

Jane Lynch In "A Mighty Wind"


Jane Lynch Raps Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" - CONAN on TBS

Jane Lynch Raps Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" - CONAN on TBS




Annie-Little Girls and Reprise- Jane Lynch- LIVE on Broadway