Pauline McLynn (born 11 July 1962 in Sligo) is an Irish actress, comedienne and author, best known for playing Mrs Doyle in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted, and Libby Croker in the Channel 4 comedy drama Shameless.
McLynn was born in Sligo but grew up in Galway. She studied History of Art and Modern English at Trinity College, Dublin, but was more heavily involved in Trinity's Dublin University Players, the college's drama society. She graduated with an MA.
McLynn is married to theatrical agent Richard Cook. She is a patron of the children's charity World Vision Ireland and is vice president of Friends of Innisfree Housing Association. McLynn is a big fan of the English Premier League football team Aston Villa F.C. She says her best moment supporting Villa came in 1996 when she watched her beloved side beat Leeds United F.C in the Football League Cup final with her Father Ted co-star Ardal O'Hanlonwho is a big Leeds supporter.