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Lyn Ashley (born Lynette Rumble on 18 March 1940) is an Australian actress who worked in the United Kingdom on television during the 1960s.

Lyn Ashley
Lynette Rumble

(1940-03-18) 18 March 1940 (age 79)
Eric Idle
(m. 1969; div. 1973)
Parent(s)Madge Ryan


Early lifeEdit

Ashley was born Lynette Rumble in Townsville, Queensland, on 18 March 1940.[1] She is the daughter of actress Madge Ryan.[2]


Her television credits include Danger Man, Compact, Doctor Who (in the serial Galaxy 4), The Saint and Monty Python's Flying Circus.

She also acted in films such as I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967) and Quest for Love (1971).

Ashley was married to Monty Python member Eric Idle from 1969 until 1975; they have one son together, Carey, born in 1973. She was frequently credited on Monty Python's Flying Circus as 'Mrs Idle'.[1]

She was later a cast member of the early 1990s soap opera Families.


  1. ^ a b "Lyn Ashley". IMDb. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  2. ^ Ryan, Madge; Rae-Ellis, Vivienne, 1930-2015, (interviewer.) (1984), Madge Ryan interviewed by Vivienne Rae-Ellis, retrieved 19 January 2019CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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