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Pauline McLynn
Born July 11, 1962 (1962-07-11) (age 47)
Sligo, Ireland
Occupation Actress, author
Spouse(s) Richard Cook

Pauline McLynn (born 11 July 1962) is an Irish actress, comedienne and author, best known for playing Mrs Doyle on the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.


Personal life

McLynn was born in Sligo but grew up in Galway. She studied History of Art and Modern English at Trinity College, Dublin. She was heavily involved in Trinity's Dublin University Players (college drama society). She is married to the producer and agent Richard Cook. She supports both Aston Villa and Bohemian F.C.



Acting career

Although only in her thirties when playing Mrs Doyle, makeup was used to make her look far older to fit the character's profile. She received a British Comedy Award for her performances in 1995. The award was presented to her by then-Leader of the Opposition, Tony Blair.

Other televised appearances have been in sketches on Bremner, Bird and Fortune, and numerous panel shows, including Just a Minute, Have I Got News For You, and If I Ruled the World. In 1999, she appeared in the film adaptation of Angela's Ashes. She has also appeared in Jennifer Saunders' Jam & Jerusalem. In the late 1990s she was recruited to play Mrs Doyle for a UK advert for online Tax returns by the Inland Revenue and became infamous for the annoying phrase 'Go Online'[1]

Pauline also got an unusual opportunity during her only appearance on They Think It's All Over the BBC1 TV show, Gabby Yorath requested she take part in the Feel the Sportsman Round", which was unusual at the time as usually the team captain did this along with the other regular. Gabby was allowed, and Pauline, who was on the other team, was offered the chance to don the blindfold and take part with Rory McGrath, which she did. She was only the 3rd female to do so at the time.

McLynn was critically acclaimed for her performance in the 2005 film Gypo, receiving an Irish Film and Television Award nomination for Best Actress.[2]

In 2009, she starred in the in ITV supernatural series Demons, playing psychic Karen Speedwell. At the end of 2009, she will return for the 3rd series of Jam & Jerusalem. On the 25th of August 2009 McLynn appeared on ITV1's Daily cooks challenge as the star judge.

In 2010 McLynn appeared in the Channel 4 series Shameless as Libby Croker.

Writing career

McLynn is also a successful novelist. Her credits include 'Missing You Already' Bright Lights and Promises, Summer in the City, The Woman on the Bus, Right on Time, Better than the Rest and Something for the Weekend.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title Result
1996 British Comedy Award Top TV Comedy Actress Father Ted Won
2006 Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Special Mention: Best Video Gypo Won[3]
2007 Irish Film and Television Award Best Actress in a Lead Role in a Feature Film Gypo Nominated


  1. ^ "Mrs Doyle in 'most annoying ad'". BBC News. 2002-01-03. 
  2. ^ Pauline McLynn - Awards & Nominations
  3. ^ Shared with Chloe Sirene, Paul McGann, Rula Lenska, Freddie Connor, Olegar Fedoro, Tamzin Dunstone, Barry Latchford, Tom Stuart

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