Jonathan Lynn


Photo: Anthony Grasso


Simon Beresford

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Greedy Dir: Jonathan Lynn
Imagine Entertainment
Three Men and a Little Lady Dir: Emile Ardolino
Touchstone Pictures, Interscope Communications
Into the Night Dir: John Landis
Universal Pictures
The House That Dripped Blood Dir: Peter Duffell
Amicus Productions
Prudence and the Pill Dir: Ronald Neame
Twentieth Century Fox



Film Credits

Wrote Screenplay

Starring: Tim Curry, Madeline Khan

Nuns On The Run

Wrote Screenplay

Starring: Robbie Coltrane, Eric Idle

My Cousin Vinny

Prouction Rewrite

Starring: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei

The Distinguished Gentleman

Starring: Eddie Murphy


Starring: Kirk Douglas, Michael J. Fox

Sgt. Bilko

Starring: Steve Martin

Trial and Error

Starring: Jeff Daniels

The Whole Nine Yards

Starring: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet

The Fighting Temptations

Starring: Beyonce Knowles, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Wild Target

Starring: Emily Blunt, Bill Nighy, Rupert Grint, Martin Short

Television Credits
Yes Prime Minister 

Co-wrote with Antony Jay

Theatre Credits
The Patriotic Traior


Park Theatre

Yes Prime Minister

Co-wrote with Antony Jay

Chichester Arts Theatre
Gielgud Theatre
Apollo Theatre
Trafalgar Studios
Two National Tours
Geffen Playhouse Los Angeles 

A Little Hotel on the Side

National Theatre

Three Men on a Horse

National Theatre

Vaudeville Theatre

Jacobowsky and the Colonel

National Theatre

Anna Christie


The Donmar Warehouse


Ambassadors Theatre

Lyric Theatre

Tonight at 8:30

Lyric Theatre

Arms and the Man

Lyric Theatre


Globe Theatre

The Gingerbread Man

The Old Vic

The Unvarnished Truth

Pheonix Theatre

The Glass Menagerie

Shaw Theatre



Dir: Nancy Meckler

Hampstead Theatre

When We Are Married

Dir: Robert Chetwyn

Novello Theatre

The Comedy of the Changing Years

Dir: Michael Bogdanov

Royal Court Theatre Upstairs

Blue Comedy

Dir: Charles Marowitz

Open Space Theatre

Fiddler on the Roof

Dir: Jerome Robbins

Her Majesty's Theatre

Green Julia

Dir: George Mully

Arts Theatre

Cambridge Circus

Dir: Humphrey Barclay

Plymouth Theatre, Broadway

Oh! What a Lovely War!

Dir: Richard Eyre 

Pheonix Theatre, Leicester Theatre and Lyceum Theatre


The Knowledge

Dir: Bob Brooks

Euston Films

Outside Edge

Dir: Kevin Billington

London Weekend Television


Dir: Jonathan Wright Miller

Dinner at the Sporting Club

Dir: Brian Gibson

Bar Mitzvah Boy

Dir: Michael Tuckner

She Fell Among Thieves

Dir: Clive Donner

My Brother's Keeper

Dir: Bill Podmore

The Dick Emery Show

Dir: Harold Snoad

The Goode Life

Dir: John Howard Davies

The Liver Birds

Dir: Sidney Lotterby

Doctor in Charge

Dir: David Askey

Doctor in the House

Dir: David Askey

The Merchant of Venice

Dir: Orson Welles

Twice a Fortnight 

Dir: Tony Palmer


- BAFTA Writers Award
- 3 BAFTA Awards for Best Comedy Series for Yes Prime Minister. 
- Pye Writers Guild Award – Best Comedy Series (twice) 
- Broadcasting Press Guild (twice)
- NAACP Image Award 
- Ace Award – Best Comedy Series on US cable 
- Political Studies Association, Diamond Jubilee Award – Best Political Satire, Environmental Media Award, The Distinguished Gentleman, Friends of Film Lifetime Achievement Award. 
- Yes Prime Minister – Best Comedy, Awards 
- A Special Award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information


- Nominated Most Promising Newcomer, Plays and Players Awards, 1965 


Jonathan Lynn’s West End theatre debut was as Motel the Tailor in the original London cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

London directing credits include: The Glass Menagerie, working with Tennessee Williams; Songbook (Best Musical, Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award); Anna Christie (RSC, Stratford and the Donmar); Joe Orton’s Loot, starring Leonard Rossiter; Pass The Butler by Eric Idle, Shaw’s Arms And The Man and The Gingerbread Man by David Wood (two seasons at The Old Vic). At the National Theatre, Lynn 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, Lynn directed 20 productions, producing 20 others, 9 of which transferred to the West End.

Film directing includes the cult classic Clue (he also wrote the screenplay), Nuns on the Run (also written by Lynn), My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman, Sgt. Bilko, Greedy, Trial And Error, The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations and most recently, Wild Target.

For television, Lynn’s writing credits include dozens of episodes of various comedy series, creating and starring in My Brother’s Keeper and the phenomenally successful, multi-award-winning BBC series Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, co-written and created with Antony Jay. Lynn authored The Complete Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister Volumes I and II, which cumulatively sold more than a million copies in hardback and have been translated into numerous languages and are still in print nearly 30 years later. As an actor, he has appeared in various well-loved TV films and series.

He wrote (with Antony Jay) and directed the hit theatrical adaptation Yes, Prime Minister, and directed his more recent play The Patriotic Traitor, at The Park Theatre in London starring Laurence Fox, which will soon transfer to the West End. His recent books, Comedy Rules and Samaritans have both received rave reviews.  Lynn received an MA in Law from Cambridge University and describes himself as a recovering lawyer.

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