Jonathan Lynn is an English actor, comedy writer and director. He is best known for being the co-writer of Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.
From the late 1960s, Jonathan Lynn was appearing in and writing television sitcoms, including the television comedy series Twice a Fortnight with Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Tony Buffery. In 1967, he played Motel the tailor in the original West End production of Fiddler on the Roof (production recorded by CBS Records). He played the Irish medical student Danny Hooley in the second series of the television comedy Doctor in the House in 1970. He also wrote some episodes for Doctor at Large, Doctor in Charge, Doctor at Sea and Doctor on the Go. As an actor, his most memorable role was as Beryl's boyfriend Robert in early series of The Liver Birds.
As a writer, in addition to episodes in the Doctor TV series, he worked on On the Buses and wrote for Harry Worth before eventually, in partnership with Antony Jay, writing Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. His later credits include the films Clue (1985) and Nuns on the Run (1990).
Lynn has won praise for his direction of the stage version of Yes, Prime Minister (London, 2010). He has also directed numerous films including: Clue (1985), Nuns on the Run (1990), My Cousin Vinny (1992), The Distinguished Gentleman (1992), Greedy (1994), Sgt. Bilko (1996), Trial and Error (1997), The Whole Nine Yards (2000), The Fighting Temptations (2003), Wild Target (2010) and The Last First Time (2012).