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This page provides a brief biography of Lyn Paul together with a few facts and figures about her.

In the beginning
Chrys-Do-Lyns
Nocturnes
New Seekers
Solo

Blood Brothers
Taboo
Emmerdale
Footloose
Rhinestone Mondays

To find out more about Lyn's career, choose a year from the table below.

  1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  

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Lyn Paul in 1968.

Lyn Paul
pictured in 1968
when she was
with the
Nocturnes.


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Lyn Paul pictured when she was with the New Seekers.

Lyn Paul
pictured
when she was
with the
New Seekers.


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Lyn Paul.

Lyn Paul
pictured at
Pebble Mill
in 1978.


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1980s


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Lyn Paul (photo by Piers Allardyce).

Lyn Paul
1990s


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What's On Stage



Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone.

Lyn Paul
as Mrs. Johnstone
in Blood Brothers


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In Sister George


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Lyn Paul at the Royal Albert Hall, July 2002.

Lyn Paul
pictured
on her return
to the
Royal Albert Hall
in July 2002
for Culture Club's
20th anniversary
concert.


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Lyn Paul as Freda Danby.

Lyn Paul
pictured
playing the part of
Freda Danby
on Emmerdale,
February 2003.



Lyn Paul as Vi Moore, Footloose The Musical.

Lyn Paul
as Vi Moore,
Footloose
The Musical

2007 UK tour.


In the beginning ...

Lyn Paul (real name Lynda Susan Belcher) was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester on 16th February 1949. Lyn comes from a large family. She has two brothers, Michael and Paul (whose name Lyn borrowed for her stage name) and three younger sisters, Mandi, Cathy and Nikki. Lyn comes from a musical family, though neither her mum nor her dad entertained professionally. As Lyn told Peter Robertson from YOURS magazine: "Mum used to play the piano and sing, and dad's always done a great Bing Crosby impersonation in the bath."

Other members of Lyn's family are also musical. Lyn's sister Mandi performed on stage with Lyn in the early 1980s and her youngest sister Nikki appeared with her in the musical Footloose. Nikki has also performed in stage productions of Starlight Express, Singin' In The Rain, Sunset Boulevard and Sweet Charity as well as filmed version of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Lyn's schooldays were spent at Royal Oak Primary School, then Sharston Secondary Modern. She set her sights on the stage from a very early age and was encouraged by her parents from the word go. She made her stage début aged just three, playing the part of a flower! Lyn's mum enrolled her for dancing classes, which led to more stage appearances in local pantomimes and revues, to brief appearances on TV's favourite soap Coronation Street and ultimately to a qualification as a dance instructor.


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Chrys-Do-Lyns

At aged 14 Lyn formed the Chrys-Do-Lyns with two of her friends from the Joan Lawrence Dancing School - Christine Lowe and Doreen Jones. The girls began by performing at working men's clubs in Manchester and went on to tour the UK and Europe. When they went their separate ways in 1965, Lyn enrolled on a short modeling course and went solo for a while. Chrys later went on to help run the New Seekers' Fan Club while Lyn was a member of the group. Doreen (or Donna as she preferred to be called) later joined Springfield Revival and in the 1980s also ended up as a member of the New Seekers.


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Nocturnes

When she was 17 Lyn auditioned for a Manchester-based group called The Nocturnes. Although successful, she was not allowed to perform with the group until she'd had her 18th birthday. Until then her place in the group was kept warm by Sandra Stevens, who subsequently went on to join the Brotherhood of Man.

Joining The Nocturnes proved to be a significant career move. Lyn sang on television for the first time; her voice was captured on vinyl for the first time; and, perhaps most significantly of all, Lyn met Eve Graham, who was the other girl singer in the group.


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New Seekers

In 1968 (the same year that The Seekers split up) Lyn left The Nocturnes to go it alone as Tanzy - a name she would later admit was "pretty horrendous"! The following year an opportunity arose to audition for a group being formed by ex-Seeker Keith Potger. Lyn's managers wanted a slice of the action and Lyn was unable to join the group. However, she tipped the wink to Eve Graham who successfully auditioned for Potger's group and became one of the founding members of the aptly named New Seekers.

Within a year Eve was able to return the favour when singer Sally Graham quit the New Seekers. After a word to the wise from Eve, Lyn auditioned for the group and joined the New Seekers in early 1970.

By the end of 1971 Lyn had travelled with the New Seekers to Europe, Australia and the United States of America. The group had scored international hits with What Have They Done To My Song, Ma and Never Ending Song Of Love. The Big Time was beckoning.

In January 1972 I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) - a tune which had started its life as a Coca-Cola commercial - went to number 1 in the UK. This success was repeated around the world and the New Seekers became a household name. In March the New Seekers represented Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest with Beg, Steal Or Borrow (a song which featured Lyn on lead vocal). In true British tradition the song came second - the 8th time that the UK had finished in the runners up slot - but the song nonetheless went on to become one of the biggest-selling Eurovision hits of all time. More hits followed - Circles, Pinball Wizard / See Me, Feel Me and Come Softly To Me. The New Seekers seldom had time to relax and were rarely out of the public eye, with punishing concert schedules, constant appearances on TV and the merry-go-round of photo shoots and interviews for the teen music magazines. "We were mobbed everywhere we went" Lyn told Peter Robertson, "which was very unusual for a band with two girls in."

Inevitably fame began to take its toll. Peter Doyle was the first to leave the group in 1973 and when Eve Graham announced that she also wanted to go, Lyn dropped the bombshell that she too had decided to quit. Before they disbanded in May 1974, the New Seekers had two final top ten hits (both of which featured Lyn on lead vocal) - You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me (UK number 1) and I Get A Little Sentimental Over You (UK number 5).


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Solo

Lyn launched her solo career with Sail The Summer Winds, the theme song to the 1974 film The Dove, directed by Gregory Peck. Although the song sold well (it hovered just outside the Top 50 for a couple of weeks) it wasn't until the following Summer that Lyn was to see her name back in the charts again. It Oughta Sell A Million didn't do quite that but it was a Top 40 hit and it did help to establish Lyn Paul as a name in her own right.

Throughout the rest of the 1970s Lyn appeared regularly in concert and in cabaret, including a tour with Jack Jones (1975) and three Summer Seasons with Freddie Starr (1976. 1977 and 1978).

The 1980s saw Lyn riding the vicissitudes of fortune (and making numerous appearances in the UK's tabloid press) - a short-lived and unhappy marriage, a robbery at her home and two car break-ins as well as a cancer scare. Having battled through some tough times, Lyn describes herself as a survivor: "My life is a very strange life" she told Stewart Knowles from the TV Times, "It goes up and I have terrific highs. Then it comes down and the whole world collapses around me. I have career problems, money problems, personal problems, just about everything."

The '80s end more happily than they had begun, with a successful second marriage to Alan Young and a baby son called Ryan, whom Lyn adores.

Lyn spent the early 1990s looking after her young son. She continued to perform, making annual appearances in Christmas pantos with many of Britain's top comedians and actors. 1994, however, marked the lowest point of her career when she was forced to declare herself bankrupt.


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Blood Brothers

From then on the only way was up! In 1997 Lyn broke into stage musicals, playing the lead role of Mrs. Johnstone in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers. Following a short run in the West End, Lyn spent four months in the UK touring production. She then returned to the West End production at the Phoenix Theatre where, on 28th July 1998, she led the cast in celebrating the show's triumphant 10th anniversary. Lyn continued to perform in Blood Brothers throughout 1999 and returned to the show again after a ten-month break in October 2000. On Saturday, 5th May 2001 Lyn brought down the curtain on a role which had brought her critical acclaim and huge personal success.

But, as Lyn herself once sang: "There's nothing that's so final about leaving." In 2002 producer Bill Kenwright persuaded Lyn to return to the show for a few weeks, including two weeks in the West End (one in March and another in December), a week in Malvern and a fortnight at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool. Lyn was persuaded to return yet again in 2003: first it was for a week (31st March - 5th April), then for a six-month run beginning in September.

Lyn ended up spending most of 2004 in Blood Brothers and returned again in 2006 when Linda Nolan was forced to pull out of the touring production after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

At the end of 2007 Bill Kenwright again invited Lyn to return to Blood Brothers, this time for a special production of the show to herald in Liverpool's year as European Capital Of Culture. 2012 saw Lyn take part in another special production of Blood Brothers - and this time it really was the last time. With the Olympics taking its toll on London's theatre audiences, the curtain finally came down on the West End production of Blood Brothers. A special cast of old favourites was assembled for the final two weeks (29th October - 10th November) and, of all the Mrs. Johnstones, Lyn was the one chosen to come back for the emotional final farewell.

The touring production of Blood Brothers continued to make its way around the theatres of the UK each year after that and in 2016 Lyn Paul once again returned to her favourite role, billed on this tour as 'the definitive Mrs. Johnstone'.


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Taboo

In May 2002 Lyn Paul joined Boy George in the new cast of his hit West End musical Taboo. The Original London Cast recording of the show, which was due for release at the time, was delayed so that Lyn could be included on it. The album was eventually released in October and featured Lyn singing what is arguably the strongest song in the show, Talk Amongst Yourselves. Lyn performed the song at the Royal Albert Hall in July 2002 at Culture Club's 20th anniversary concert. She left Taboo in November 2002.


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Emmerdale

Lyn's career began as a child actor in Coronation Street. In February 2003 it came full circle when she returned to TV soaps with an appearance as Freda Danby in Emmerdale. Her other acting roles have included appearances in Doctors and In Deep, both recorded in 2001 for the BBC, Holby City (BBC1, 2006), as well as a return to Emmerdale in 2005.


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Footloose

In February 2007 Lyn Paul returned to stage musicals, taking the part of Vi Moore in the UK touring production of Footloose The Musical. The show then transferred to the West End for a three-and-a-half month run at the Playhouse Theatre, at the end of which Lyn returned to her favourite role - Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers.


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Rhinestone Mondays

In 2011 Lyn Paul was invited to join the cast of a new musical, Rhinestone Mondays. Billed as a Country music comedy, the show had its premiere at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester on 31st August and toured the UK for just seven weeks.

After the last night in Newcastle on 22nd October, Lyn put her energy into promoting a calendar in memory of her mother, who had died from Alzheimer's disease the previous year. The calendar, titled The Ladies of Willy Russell's Blood Brothers "Uncovered!", featured Lyn and eleven other members of the Blood Brothers cast posing in the nude on the stage of the Phoenix Theatre. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar went to the Alzheimer's Society.


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Cabaret

In July 2013 Lyn Paul landed the role of Fräulein Schneider in Rufus Norris's acclaimed production of Cabaret. With Will Young as Emcee and Siobhan Dillon as Sally Bowles, the show opened to rave reviews at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 28th August.


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Fact File
 


Birthday


Lyn Paul
was born on
Wednesday,
16th February
1949.


 


Born the
same day



June Brown
(Eastenders)
1927

Sonny Bono
(Sonny & Cher)
1935

Ian Lavender
(Dad's Army)
1946

James Ingram
1956

Ice-T
1958

John McEnroe
1959

Andy Taylor
(Duran Duran)
1962

Amanda Holden
(Britain's Got Talent)
1971

Valentino Rossi
1979

 


Born the
same year



Trevor Horne
(Buggles, Yes)
15th July 1949

Roger Taylor
(Queen)
26th July 1949

Peter Doyle
(New Seekers)
28th July 1949

Andy Scott
(Sweet)
30th July 1949

Nigel Finch
1st August 1949

Eric Carmen
11th August 1949

Gloria Gaynor
7th September 1949

Twiggy
17th September 1949

Bruce Springsteen
23rd September 1949

Daryl Hall
(Hall and Oates)
11th October 1949

Bonnie Raitt
8th November 1949

Tom Waits
7th December 1949

Maurice Gibb
(Bee Gees)
22nd December 1949

Robin Gibb
(Bee Gees)
22nd December 1949

 


Key Dates
and
Career Highlights

1963

Lyn forms the
Chrys-Do-Lyns.

1966

Lyn joins the
Nocturnes.

1970

Lyn joins the
New Seekers.

1972

I'd Like To Teach
The World To Sing

tops the UK
singles chart.

Beg, Steal Or
Borrow

comes second
in the
Eurovision
Song Contest.

1973

The New Seekers
sing at
President Nixon's
inauguration.

1974

You Won't Find
Another Fool
Like Me

tops the UK
singles chart.

I Get A Little
Sentimental
Over You

becomes the
New Seekers'
last Top 5 hit.

Lyn releases
her first solo single,
Sail The
Summer Winds
.


1975

It Oughta
Sell A Million
.

is a Top 40 hit.

1980

Lyn marries
Vince McCaffrey.

1989

Lyn gives birth
to her son Ryan.

Lyn marries
Alan Young.

1994

Lyn wins
the Euro
Country Music
Masters.

1995

Lyn declares herself
bankrupt.

1997

West End début
in Blood Brothers.

1998

Blood Brothers
10th anniversary.

2002

Lyn joins the cast of
Taboo
and appears
on stage with
Culture Club
at the
Royal Albert Hall.

2003

Lyn makes her
first appearance in
Emmerdale.

2006

Lyn's album
Late Night
is released.

2007

Footloose The Musical

2011

Rhinestone Mondays

2012

Blood Brothers:
the last
West End show.

 

Looks familiar?

  • Height: 5' 5"
  • Hair: Blonde
  • Eyes: Blue

 

What The
Critics Say

"knows her worth
and what she can do
"

"a great voice
which has never been
properly appreciated
"

"looks good
and sings better
"

"totally stunning
atop the most
astonishing legs
"

"A revelation"

"full of warmth
and understanding
"

"She looks good
and moves well
"

"Paul's voice is
warm and strong
"

"sassy approach
and glitzy style
"

"vivacious"

"pep and personality"

"an exceptionally powerful
solo artist
"

"she has
something of the old
Music Hall spirit
"

"dashingly extrovert"

"one of the best
present-day
pantomime performers
"

"brilliant
as Mrs. Johnstone
"

"a wonderful vocal talent"

"enormous energy
and feeling
"

"a wonderful voice
and great acting ability
"

"astonishing
vocal range
and luminous stage presence
"

"steals the show"

"winning simplicity
and sustained melodiousness,
yet also a
mournful cracking in her
smoky voice
"

"Miss Paul is terrific"

"terrific nasal plangency"

"Lyn Paul is
a fine excuse
to see it again
"

"richly powerful voice"

"Lyn Paul ... delivers a poignant Mrs. J."

"Her singing voice
is just right,
and all the emotion she put into the show seemed real
"

"a great
theatrical performer
"

"She puts heart and soul into the role of Mrs. Johnstone"

"a figure to die for"

"oozes class"

"Stylish singing ... a memorable performance"

"a towering performance"

"glorious voice"

"a stunning performance,
giving us a voice that
combines power
with graceful beauty
"

"gutsy and gritty"

"wonderful"

"Lyn Paul ...
is magnificent
and has a superb
singing voice
"

"charged with
passion and emotion
"

"Mrs. Johnstones
don't come
much better than her
"

"can't put a foot wrong"

"a wonderful
singing voice
"

"Lyn Paul
is a wonderful singer
."

"a force of nature"

"glorious"

"simply divine"

"Paul's strong,
sweet, haunting voice
makes her songs
some of the
highlights
of the evening
"

"inspirational"

"I promise you,
now one of the best acting and singing talents in musical theatre."

"The best Mrs. Johnstone I've ever seen."

"she surpassed anything I had previously seen."

"Described as the ‘definitive Mrs. Johnstone’... And oh how she deserves that title."

"She really is a master of her craft, and commands the stage with a presence that is captivating but never overwhelming."

"The real star of the show..."

"magnificent"

"exceptional"

"outstanding"

"the highlight of the show"

"a haunting singing voice and the ability to yank at the heartstrings..."

"phenomenal"




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Who said that?

Blondes

As for blondes having more fun, well, let me dispel that rumour forever. They do.
Maureen Lipman

Career

A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with a career on a cold night.
Marilyn Monroe

Success

The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success.
Irving Berlin

The result of taking the hand you were dealt and utilizing it to the very best of your ability
Ty Boyd

To succeed ... you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
Tony Dorsett

The result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence
Colin Powell

Here [the UK] you can have a wonderful career without being in the big time.
Colin Firth 'The Independent', Friday Review, 9th June 2000, page 11

There is no point at which you can say, "Well I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap."
Carrie Fisher

Success is that old ABC - ability, breaks and courage.
Charles Luckman

The worst thing about having success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.
Bette Midler

There is no formula for success. But there is a formula for failure, and that is trying to please everybody.
Nicholas Ray

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants and the other is getting it.
Oscar Wilde, 'Lady Windemere's Fan'

Talent

You can tell real talent at once. There is an originality, a vitality. Real talent should surprise you. No, it should alarm you.
Peggy Ramsay

Through Thick and Thin

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.
Minna Antrim, 'Naked Truth and Veiled Allusions'

Sometimes it seems like that is the choice - either kick ass or kiss ass.
James Caan

The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.
Ted W. Engstrom

Nothing that is worthwhile is ever easy.
Indira Gandhi

Keep on going and chances are you will stumble on something ... I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.
Charles F. Kettering

I've had heartaches, headaches, toothaches, earaches, and I've had a few pains in the ass; but I've survived to tell about it.
Dolly Parton


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